The Indian men’s cricket team will be playing its 1000th ODI match at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. India will be hosting West Indies for a three-match series starting from February 6, 2022, the first fixture will be played at the newly branded stadium.
Currently, the team is at 996 matches, and with the first fixture of the series in February, it will see India become the first team to reach the landmark of 1000 ODI matches at the world’s largest stadium.
Apart from India, Australia (958 ODIs) and Pakistan (936 ODIs) are the only two teams that are close to their 1000th ODI match.
Anil Patel, Joint Secretary at Gujarat Cricket Association (GCA) said, “It is a matter of great pride for us to be hosting the landmark match. The Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad is the largest in the world, and hosting India’s 1000th ODI match will add another feather in the cap.”
India played its latest three-match ODI series against Sri Lanka in July. The Men in Blue will be hosting South Africa in January 2022 for a three-match ODI series before heading to Ahmedabad for its 1000th match.
Earlier, the first fixture of India’s series against South Africa at Boland Park in Paarl would have been India’s 1000th match. With the postponement of the ODI tour to New Zealand later this year, Ahmedabad will get the opportunity to host the match.
The GCA will be planning the layout of the milestone match once the office-bearers of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) return from the UAE.
In the 50-over format, India has 518 wins, 428 losses, 9 ties, and 41 matches ending with no result. India has a winning percentage of 54.71 in ODIs and is placed third after South Africa (63.57) and Australia (63.36).