New Delhi: While the Men-Not-in-Blue’s defeat to England on June 30 was their first loss in World Cup 2019, it has made Team India reach an unenviable ODI record.
India, jointly with Sr Lanka, now hold the record for the highest number of ODI losses — 418.
This, however, is also due to the fact that India have played a lot of One Day Internationals.
India has taken part in 972 One-Dayers, winning 515 matches and losing 418. Forty matches yielded no result. With this, India maintains a win percentage of 54.66, which is also the third best in the world.
India's unbeaten run at #CWC19 comes to an end!
England win by 31 runs to move back into fourth and give their semi-final hopes a huge boost.
— Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) June 30, 2019
In comparison, Sri Lanka have played 842 ODIs and managed to win 382 games, while losing 418 and five matches ending in a tie.
In the World Cup, India is still placed at the second position on the points table, and will qualify for semi-finals if they defeat Bangladesh on July 2, when they return to Edgbaston.
England, touted tournament favourites, have faced defeats at the hands of Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Australia. and the fear of dropping out from the knock-out stage was looming large for them.
On June 30, while England made a whopping 337 runs in 50 overs, they restricted India to 306 runs and handed them their first defeat.
India have been criticised for their game plan, with several players, including former skipper MS Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav, booed by fans after their slow approach in the penultimate and final overs of the match.
England will face New Zealand in their last league match on July 3 and if they win, it will lead to the ouster of Pakistan and Bangladesh from the tournament.
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