Australia back in Kolkata after 14 years to take on dominant India

first_imgRohit Sharma shattered the record books of one day internationals when India last won at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata in 2014. Rohit hammered a world record 264 against Sri Lanka and India went on to clinch that match by 153 runs.India’s record at the Eden Gardens is pretty decent. In 21 matches, India have recorded 11 wins while have suffered eight defeats with one being cancelled and one producing no result. (Nathan Coulter-Nile keeps Test dream alive while clear of injuries)Interestingly, Australia have 100 per cent record at the top class venue. They have played two matches in Kolkata and have registered wins in both. In their first ODI, in 1987, Australia defeated arch-rivals England by seven runs and in their second, they got better of India by 37 runs.AP PhotoThe two fierce rivals met at this ground in November 2003. Australia went on to beat India in a low-scoring match. Batting first, Australia posted 235 for five and in reply, India were bundled out for 198 in 41.5 overs. (India vs Australia: Eden wicket to be slow if rain persists, says East Zone curator)14 years later, the two cricketing giants will meet again on Thursday in the second of the five-match ODI series. While India look to maintain their winning run, Australia will be keen to repeat the 2003 result.The momentum is with India and in-form MS Dhoni and Rohit Sharma return to their favoured hunting ground.Rohit has played one ODI and two Tests at the Eden Gardens. While the world remembers his masterclass of 2014, he proved his batting skills are not just limited to limited-overs cricket. Rohit made his Test debut in Kolkata in 2013, the series also remembered as Sachin Tendulkar’s farewell series, and he treated his fans with a classy 177 in his maiden innings. In three innings, Rohit has amassed 261 runs with one century and a fifty at an average of 87.00.advertisementDhoni too loves batting at this ground. He averages 84.00 with a couple of half-centuries in four innings while in seven innings in Test cricket, the 36-year-old has scored two centuries and two fifties at 91.40.India captain Virat Kohli’s record in Test cricket in Kolkata is dismal but his one century and a couple of fifties in five ODIs prove why he is one of the best in the business in world cricket.India won the rain-truncated first ODI in Chennai by 26 runs via Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method. After Kolkata, Kohli’s men will travel to Indore for the third ODI.India have recorded five consecutive ODI series victories and will aim to wrap up the proceedings with wins in Kolkata and Indore.last_img read more