Most number of tosses won by a visiting team
Virat Kohli might be one of the best captains India has ever seen, but the toss has been his kryptonite. In the third ODI, Kohli once again ended up losing the toss. In this tour, England won 10 tosses out of 12, the joint-most won by a visiting team in a tour. It is not only this tour though as Kohli has a very poor record when it comes to winning the toss against England. In the 35 matches he has captained across formats against them, he has won only seven tosses.
Virat Kohli captains for the 200th time
Kohli set another milestone for himself as a captain in international cricket. When he stepped out for the toss in the third ODI, Kohli was doing so for the 200th time as Indian captain in internationals. Kohli has led India in 60 Tests, 95 ODIs and 45 T20Is. In Tests, he is already India's most successful captain with 36 wins. Among Indians, he is the third captain to feature in 200+ matches across all formats, with MS Dhoni leading the list with 332 matches as skipper.
Second-most opening century-run partnerships
Harry Potter and Ronald Weasley, Joey Tribbiani and Chandler Bing, Jai and Veeru, these are a few fictional characters between whom there was a special bond of friendship. Just like them, Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan share a similar bond on the field when they are together. In the third ODI, they put on a 103-run partnership, the 17th century partnership between the two. They went past Adam Gilchrist and Matthew Hayden's tally of 16 opening century partnerships. Now second on the list of opening partners with most century-stands, Rohit and Dhawan are only behind Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly’s tally of 21. En route to their hundred-run stand, Rohit and Dhawan piled up 5000 runs, the seventh pair overall and the second Indian pair to achieve this feat in ODIs.
Kohli’s worst nemesis
Kohli has always struggled against a few English bowlers. In Tests, James Anderson has usually troubled him. And across formats, two English spinners have often had his number. One of them dismissed him in the third ODI. In the whole tour, Kohli was dismissed by spin in eight out of 14 innings at an average of 28.4. Out of those eight dismissals, three times he got out to Adil Rashid and thrice to Moeen Ali. Both these spinners have had the better of Kohli in internationals. Both of them have dismissed him nine times, the joint-second most among all bowlers.
Rashid among the wickets but expensive
When India were going strong, Rashid was the one who provided England with much-needed breakthroughs, taking two quick wickets. However, all was fine until the entry of Rishabh Pant. Rashid was carted all over the park and conceded 81 runs in his full quota of 10 overs. Rashid’s spell of 2 for 81 is the costliest 2+ wicket spell by a spinner against India in ODIs.
Highest first innings all-out total with more than six balls to spare
India had opted for a different approach in the third and deciding ODI. In the first 10 overs itself, they had scored 65 runs without the openers being separated. Even though wickets were falling in quick intervals after the 100-run first wicket partnership, the run rate never came down. After the loss of Pant and Hardik Pandya in a matter of three overs, a late flourish from the lower order propelled India to 329 before getting bowled out with 10 balls to spare (48.2). The 329 runs scored by India is the highest first innings all-out total for a team in ODIs with more than six balls to spare.
Highest score by a No.8 or lower batsman
Batting at number eight, Sam Curran brought up his maiden half-century in Tests against India in Birmingham in 2018. That proved very vital in an England win then. In the third ODI on Sunday, batting at the same position, Curran almost pulled it off once again for his team with his maiden ODI fifty. He was unbeaten on 95 off 83 balls in this match. This is the joint-highest score by a batsman batting at number eight or lower in ODIs. His fellow countryman Chris Woakes had also scored an unbeaten 95 which came against Sri Lanka in 2016 in Nottingham.
Most runs scored combined by No.8 and lower batsmen
India were completely in control of the third ODI after the wicket of Moeen Ali (7th wicket) in the 31st over of England's innings. However, India have had troubles in the past of picking the wickets of lower-order batsmen. In this match, the same old trouble brought the chills to them. The last three partnerships in the England innings saw 129 runs scored, the bulk of those were from Curran’s willow. The 129 runs scored by them is the third most runs scored by batsmen 8-11 in an ODI innings.
Abundance of sixes
In this ODI series, five out of the six innings saw a team scoring 300+ runs. This is vindication of how flat the wickets were and the batsmen made merry out of it. The most amazing aspect of it was the number of sixes hit in this series. In total, there were 70 sixes, 37 by England and 33 by India. This is the most sixes hit in a series consisting of four or fewer matches. The series saw 55.4 percent of runs scored through boundaries, out of which 22.2 percent came through sixes.
The wreckage of spin
Apart from a few deliveries, like the one Moeen bowled to Kohli in the third ODI, there wasn’t even a teeny bit of spin on offer which is one of the reasons why they were quite expensive, especially the Indian spinners. Combined together, both teams’ spinners had an economy rate of 7.2 in this series, which is the highest in a series in Asian conditions. In none of the other ODI series have spinners conceded more than 6.5 runs per over in the sub-continent.
A horrendous bowling display by Indian spinners
Even though the English spinners were carted for runs, they were amongst the wickets. In three innings, they bagged five wickets at an average of 69.2. On the other hand, in home conditions where Indian spinners usually excel, they had a nightmare of a series. Only one wicket at a bowling average of 312 is a testimony of their struggles. In an ODI series, this is the worst performance for Indian spinners in terms of bowling average.
Caught in front of the stumps
Throughout the Test series, England batsmen fell prey to the ones that straightened against the spinners. Hence, there were a lot of leg-before-wickets (LBW) in the Test series. The trend seemed to continue in the limited overs format as well. In the whole tour, 32 times England batsmen were dismissed LBW, in which 16 different players were involved. This is the most number of dismissals through LBW for England in a tour.
Pacers all the way for India
After the lacklustre performances of Kuldeep Yadav in the first two matches, a change was inevitable. But the strategy was different. India went in with one specialist spinner, leaving out both Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep. The last time they featured without a wrist spinner was in the Champions Trophy final in 2017. Hence, pacers had to bowl a large chunk of the overs. Krunal Pandya, the only spinner, bowled only four overs which meant that pacers accounted for the remaining 46 overs. Only thrice, which includes this instance, have Indian pacers bowled that many overs in an ODI in home conditions.
Second highest aggregate without a century
How often does it happen in a match where an aggregate of 651 runs are scored, and yet, there is no centurion? A certain rare feat for sure. India had scored 329 runs in the first innings with Pant (78) being the highest scorer. For England, Curran (95*) was the highest scorer in their pursuit of 330. The aggregate of 651 runs scored in this match is the second-highest in a match without any centurions. In 2002, Australia scored 330/7 against South Africa (326/3), and in both the innings, there were no centurions. That match saw an aggregate of 656, which is the highest with no centuries involved in a match.