India vs Zimbabwe, IND vs ZIM
India vs Zimbabwe (Credits: Getty)

India vs Zimbabwe Head To Head Records, 1st ODI, India Tour Of Zimbabwe 2022. India is set to take on hosts Zimbabwe in the first ODI of the series, on August 18, Thursday. The match is set to take place at the Harare Sports Club and is scheduled to begin at 12:45 pm IST. The 2nd and 3rd ODI will take place on August 20 and 22 respectively. All the matches will take place at Harare Sports Club in  Harare.

The visitors are on a 12-match winning streak against Zimbabwe in ODIs with 11 of them on Zimbabwe soil. India beat England (2-1) and West Indies (3-0) in their most recent ODI series on away soil. Zimbabwe beat Bangladesh in the ODIs (2-1) and T20Is (2-1) at home recently.

Zimbabwe Cricket has been on the back foot during the recent few years, and they are having a good time on the field recently. They won the regional T20 Qualifiers to qualify for the 2022 T20I World Cup and then beat Bangladesh in both the ODI & T20I series recently.

Now, they have a chance to showcase their talent to the wider audiences against cricketing giants India in this series. Indian team has rested most of their senior players owing to workload management and will be eager to test the young players on the bench in this series.

India vs Zimbabwe
India vs Zimbabwe. (Photo: Twitter)

Zimbabwe will be led by Regis Chakabva in the absence of Craig Ervine in this series too. Takudzwanashe Kaitano and Tadiwanashe Marumani are expected to open the batting line-up.

Sikandar Raza, Innocent Kaia, Regis Chakabva, Ryan Burl, and Wesley Madhevere will form their strong middle order combination with all players except Wesley Madhevere and Ryan Burl making big scores recently.

Luke Jongwe, Donald Tiripano, and Richard Ngarva will form their pace bowling trio in the starting XI this match with the likes of Victor Nyachi and Brad Evans available for selection in the squad. Sikandar Raza will lead the spin attack with Wesley Madhevere and Ryan Burl for the company in the spin attack.

Sikandar Raza. (Photo Source: Getty)
Sikandar Raza. (Photo Source: Getty)

India will be led by returning KL Rahul after a long injury-ridden gap. Experienced campaigner Shikhar Dhawan will serve as his deputy and partner him at the top of the order. Deepak Hooda, Shubman Gill, and Sanju Samson showcased their skills and are expected to slot in the middle order for the team with Axar Patel expected to be the all-rounder lower down the order.

Shikhar Dhawan - KL Rahul
Shikhar Dhawan – KL Rahul Photo Credit: (BCCI)

Mohammed Siraj, Prasidh Krishna, and Deepak Chahar are expected to slot in as the first-choice pacers in this match with Shardul Thakur and Avesh Khan available as backup options for the team. Axar Patel will partner with Kuldeep Yadav to take care of the spin department. Spin all-rounder Shahbaz Ahmed received his maiden India call-up as he replaced an injured Washington Sundar for the three-match ODI series against Zimbabwe.

Along with KL Rahul, a lot of focus would also be on Deepak Chahar, who too is returning from an injury. Shubman Gill might just have to drop down the order to make room for skipper KL Rahul at the top, but he will aim to continue the rich form that earned him a Man of the Series award against West Indies. India has a massively dominant record against Zimbabwe in ODIs.

India vs Zimbabwe Head To Head Records, 1st ODI, India Tour Of Zimbabwe 2022

The teams have played a total of 63 ODIs, with India having the advantage of 51 victories. Zimbabwe has registered 10 wins. The two teams drew twice in ODIs, first in 1993 (Indore) and then in 1997 (Paarl). The two teams first faced off in an ODI game in 1983, the eighth match of the Prudential World Cup in Leicester.

The two sides have played eight bilateral series, with India emerging victorious seven times. Zimbabwe has won just one, a two-match series in 1996-97. While they won the opening match by eight wickets, the second game was cancelled. Since July 2013, India has won 12 consecutive ODI matches against Zimbabwe with their most recent encounter ending in a 10-wicket victory at Harare in 2016.

Dinesh Mongia’s unbeaten knock of 159 in 147 balls powered India to 333/6 in 50 overs in 2002 at Guwahati. The visitors have the highest total of 333/6 against Zimbabwe in ODIs and Zimbabwe, on the other hand, has the highest total of 289/4 against India in ODIs.

Sachin Tendulkar with the World Cup. PHoto- Getty
Sachin Tendulkar with the World Cup. Photo- Getty

Given a target of 227 in a 2005 Triangular series, Zimbabwe was bowled out for 65 with pacer Irfan Pathan registering his career-best figures of 5/27.

Sachin Tendulkar is India’s leading run-getter against Zimbabwe in ODIs, with 1,377 runs in 34 matches at an average of 49.17. Andy Flower who was a legend of Zimbabwe cricket has scored 1298 runs against India in ODIs which is the highest by any Zimbabwe player against the Asian Giants.

Kapil Dev hit the highest individual score in a Zimbabwe vs India ODI fixture. During their 1983 Cricket World Cup 60-over game, Kapil Dev slammed a blitzkrieg unbeaten 175 off 138 balls. Interestingly, 100 runs from the knock came from just fours and sixes.  Andy Flower’s 145 against India in the 2002 Champions Trophy is the highest individual score by a Zimbabwe player against India in ODIs.

Kapil Dev 175 v Zimbabwe. Photo-Getty.
Kapil Dev 175 v Zimbabwe. Photo-Getty.

Ajit Agarkar leads the wicket-taker charts in ODIs between the two countries, with 45 wickets in 26 matches against Zimbabwe. Former Zimbabwe fast bowler Heath Streak took 39 wickets against India which is the highest by any Zimbabwe bowler.

Heath Streak
Heath Streak (Image Credit: Twitter)

India’s Amit Mishra (6/48) scripted the best bowling figures in an ODI match against Zimbabwe in Bulawayo in 2013. For Zimbabwe, it is Heath Streak who registered a bowling figure of 5/32 against India which is the best by a Zimbabwe bowler.