Before India made history during the fifth One-day International, we had a look at what is in store for the statisticians to refresh the data on record books.
After Virat Kohli led team became the first team from India to win the ODI series in South Africa and the second team from Asia to do so, there were a few more records, which we had jotted down, yet to be erased.
Prominent among those was the expectation of former skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni entering the 10,000 club. But this charismatic man has been in a slow mode while performing in front of the wicket.
He made only 13 runs from 17 balls in the fifth ODI and when one thought he would polish off the runs required to make the 10,000 club it did not happen.
The skipper of Chennai Super Kings might have been happy with the performance of Lungi Ngidi at Port Elizabeth, but he still is behind that historical milestone by 33 runs.
If he can score them at Centurion in the final ODI he will become the third Indian batsman to reach the mark. So far he has played 317 games and scored 9967 runs.
The fifth ODI also saw the Indian spinners Kuldeep Yadav (four wickets in fifth ODI) and Chahal fighting to become the highest wicket-taking overseas bowler in any bilateral series.
The duo have broken the record for most wickets by an overseas bowler in a bilateral ODI series in South Africa, surpassing West Indian Keith Arthurton’s mark of 12 wickets. Arthurton had done this during the seven ODIs during the 1998-99 season.
Kuldeep is ahead in the race with 16 wickets in the series while Chahal has 14 wckets.
While talking about records, we can’t leave Kohli behind. He has already become the first captain to win a series in South Africa and every time he steps on to the ground a record is broken.
The sixth ODI may be a match of no consequence but the Indian skipper can equal his Royal Challengers Bangalore AB de Villiers in terms of centuries.
De Villiers has 13 centuries as ODI captain and Kohli has 12, so one more ton from his bat will make him on par with the South African. The other way is if De Villiers strikes form an scores a century he will widen the gap with the Indian skipper. Ricky Ponting is the best in the list with 22 centuries.
Meanwhile, when Dhoni and Kohli are knocking at the doors of the 10,000 club here is man who is getting closer to the 3000 club in ODIS. Ajinkya Rahane can enter the club if he scored 73 runs in the sixth ODI.
While talking of 10,000 club there is AB de Villiers also getting closer. Firstly he has 9547 ODI runs under his belt and can surpass Adam Gilchrist’s number if he can add 73 runs to his tally.
This all can happen at the Centurion, but notching can stop the Indian celebrating the historical success in the ODI series.