As fast as cricket goes, India and Australia are two of the most prominent names in the sport. Not only are they among the best cricket teams of today, they have also been great for a prolonged period of time. As a matter of fact, Australia (along with England) was the first team to play an international cricket match. India joined in the fray very soon after that. The origin of cricket’s popularity in both of these countries can be traced to their colonial heritage. Both countries have produced some of the greatest cricketers of all time. Two of the greatest batsmen of all time, Donald Bradman and Sachin Tendulkar are from Australia and India respectively. During the late 90s-2000s, the Steve Vaugh led Australian team was one of the most dominant forces in sports history, winning three World Cups in a row. The Indian cricket team won the 2011 World Cup but the Aussies were back at the top with their win in the 2015 World Cup, lifting the trophy for a record fifth time. Aside from meeting each other in World Cups, these teams have also faced off against each other in bilateral IND vs AUS series and three-team tournaments. Aside from a few one sided victories, the matches between these two teams have been extremely entertaining and have led to some incredible records. Let’s take a look at them.

India vs Australia: World Cup and ODI Stats

Head to Head Records

Matches – 138 (India won – 50, Australia won – 78, Tie – 0, Canceled – 10)

Highest Team Total

India – 383/6 (50 overs) (November 2, 2013 – Bengaluru)

Australia – 359/2 (50 overs) (March 23, 2003 – Johannesburg)

Highest score in the match – 721 runs, 6 wickets (93.3 overs) (16 October 2013 – Jaipur)

Lowest Team Total

India – 63 (25.5 overs) (January 8, 1981 – Sydney)

Australia – 101 (37.5 overs) (8 December 1991 – Perth)

The minimum score in the match – 127 runs, 11 wickets (46.5 overs) (January 8, 1981 – Sydney)

Margin of Victory

Most Runs

India – 118 runs (20 June 1983 – Chelmsford and 31 March 2001 – Indore)

Australia – 208 runs (8 February 2004 – Sydney)

Most Wickets

India – 9 wickets (16 October 2013 – Jaipur)

Australia – 10 wickets (14 January 2020, Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai). 

Least Runs

India – 5 runs (3 November 1996 – Mohali)

Australia – 1 run (9 October 1987 – Chennai and 1 March 1992 – Brisbane)

Least Wickets

India – 2 wickets (October 21, 1996 – Bengaluru)

Australia – 2 wickets (22 January 2004 – Sydney)

Individual Records

Most matches played

India – Sachin Tendulkar – 71

Australia – Ricky Ponting – 59

Most matches played as Captain

India – Mahendra Singh Dhoni – 40

Australia – Ricky Ponting – 35

Most runs scored

India – Sachin Tendulkar – 3077 runs

Australia – Ricky Ponting – 2164 runs

Highest individual score

India – Rohit Sharma – 209 runs (2 November 2013 – Bengaluru)

Australia – George Bailey – 156 runs (30 October 2013 – Nagpur)

Highest Batting Average

India – Rohit Sharma – 66.37

Australia – George Bailey – 71.00

Most centuries 

India – Sachin Tendulkar – 9

Australia – Ricky Ponting – 6

Most half centuries

India – Sachin Tendulkar – 24

Australia – Ricky Ponting – 15

Most Ducks

India – Javagal Srinath, Harbhajan Singh, K.K. Srikanth, Rahul Dravid, Yuvraj Singh and Roger 

Binny – 4

Australia – Brett Lee and Ricky Ponting – 3

Most sixes hit

India – Rohit Sharma – 58

Australia – Ricky Ponting – 32

Most runs scored in a series

India – Rohit Sharma – 491 (2013/14)

Australia – George Bailey – 478 (2013/14)

Most wickets taken

India – Kapil Dev – 45

Australia – Brett Lee – 55

Most Wickets taken in a match

India – Murali Karthik – 27/6 (October 17, 2007 – Mumbai)

Australia – Ken McClay – 39/6 (June 13, 1983 – Nottingham)

Most four wicket hauls

India – Ajit Agarkar – 3 times

Australia – Brett Lee – 4 times

Most five wicket hauls

India – Murali Karthik, Ajit Agarkar, Sachin Tendulkar, Ravi Shastri, Kapil Dev – 1 time

Australia – Brett Lee – 4 times

Most wickets taken in a Series

India – Chetan Sharma – 10 wickets (1985/86) and Irfan Pathan – 10 wickets (2003/04)

Australia – Mitchell Johnson – 14 wickets (2007/08)

Most wicket keeping dismissals

India – Mahendra Singh Dhoni – 54 (39 catches, 15 stumps)

Australia – Adam Gilchrist – 79 (73 catches, 6 stumps)

Most wicket keeping dismissals in a match

India – Mahendra Singh Dhoni – 5 (4 catches, 1 stump)

Australia – Adam Gilchrist – 6 (6 catches)

Most wicket keeping dismissals in a series

India – Mahendra Singh Dhoni – 16 (14 catches, 2 stumps – 2007/08)

Australia – Adam Gilchrist – 14 (12 catches, 2 stumps – 2007/08)

Most catches taken

India – Sachin Tendulkar – 31

Australia – Ricky Ponting – 18

Most catches taken in a match

India – Rahul Dravid – 3

Australia – Michael Clarke – 4

Most catches taken in a Series

India – L.S. Balaji – 5 (2003/04), Rahul Dravid – 5 (2007/08), Raman Lamba – 5 (1986/87) and 

Mohammad Azharuddin – 5 (1985/86)

Australia – Andrew Symonds – 6 (2003/04) and Alan Border – 6 (1985/86)

So those were some of the key stats during the history of the IND vs AUS ODI matches so far. These two teams have produced great cricketers since they have played the sport and will continue to do so in the future also. A lot of records that we discussed in this post are bound to be smashed in the future.