All good things must come to an end, and so they did, at the Maharashtra State Cricket Association Stadium at Gahunje in Pune. Back in 2001 and 2008, India halted Australia’s winning streak with wins in Kolkata (2001) and Perth (2008). On Saturday (January 25), it was Australia’s turn to pay India back in the same coin: the Indians’ record 19 match streak and 20 Tests without defeat at home ended with this loss.
The opening Test of the series was a historic occasion for the host association, who was staging its first Test match, but the host team has now lost both the inaugural ODI and Test played on this ground, coincidently both to Australia.
After posting a paltry first-innings score of 105, India were never in the game, but like all low-scoring three-day affairs, this Test match too had its share of records, dubious and otherwise.
* The stadium at Gahunje in Pune became the 25th ground to host a Test match, which is by far the most hosted by any country in Test cricket. Next best is the 17 Test grounds in Pakistan.
* India have now played their Test matches at 80 different grounds, the most by any side in Tests. They went past the previous tally of 79 grounds by Pakistan.
Test sides appearing in most grounds
|Team||Ground||Home||Away||Most played at home||Most played away|
|India||80||25||55||40||Eden Gardens, Kolkata||17||Lord’s, London|
|Pakistan||79||17||62||41||National Stadium, Karachi||15||Lord’s, London|
|New Zealand||74||8||66||59||Basin Reserve, Wellington||17||Lord’s, London|
|West Indies||74||12||62||60||Queen’s Park Oval, POS||20||Lord’s, London|
|Sri Lanka||72||8||64||40||Sinhalese SC, Colombo||8||Lord’s, London|
|England||71||10||61||131||Lord’s, London||55||Melbourne Cricket Ground|
|55||Sydney Cricket Ground|
|Australia||70||9||61||109||Melbourne Cricket Ground||38||Lord’s, London|
|South Africa||62||11||51||54||Newlands, Cape Town||16||Lord’s, London|
|Zimbabwe||36||3||33s||34||Harare Sports Club||3||Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi|
|3||Sinhalese SC, Colombo|
|Bangladesh||35||7||28||15||National Stadium, Mirpur||5||Harare Sports Club|
|15||ZAC Stadium, Chittagong|
* Matthew Renshaw at 20 years and 332 days became the youngest Australian to appear in a Test in India. The previous youngest was Steve Waugh in 1986, then aged 21 years and 108 days.
Youngest Australians to appear in a Test in India
|Matthew Renshaw||20y-332d||Pune,||February 23, 2017||Won|
|Steve Waugh||21y-108d||Chennai, Chepauk||September 18, 1986||Tie|
|Ian Craig||21y-129d||Chennai, Corpn||October 19, 1956||Won|
|Craig McDermott||21y-157d||Chennai, Chepauk||September 18, 1986||Tie|
|Gordon Rorke||21y-168d||Delhi||December 12, 1959||Won|
* Renshaw, at 20y-332d, also became the youngest from his country to score a fifty (68) in India. Rick Darling (22y-156d) held the record previously for his 59 in Kanpur in 1979-80.
Youngest Australians to register a fifty in a Test in India
|Matthew Renshaw||20y-332d||68||Pune||February 23, 2017||Won|
|Rick Darling||22y-156d||59||Kanpur||October 2, 1979||Lost|
|Peter Sleep||22y-167d||64||Delhi||October 13, 1979||Drawn|
|Norman O’Neill||22-318d||163||Mumbai, BS||January 1, 1960||Drawn|
|Mitchell Starc||23y-45d||99||Mohali||March 14, 2013||Lost|
* Mitchell Starc, who became the 101st Australian to aggregate 1000 runs in Tests, also became the 14th player from his country to do the double of 1000 runs and 100 wickets in Tests.
* R Ashwin has now taken his tally to 68 this season, the most by any bowler on Indian soil. He went past the previous tally of Kapil Dev who claimed 63 wickets during the 1979-80 season in 13 matches. Ashwin is playing his 10th match.
Most Test wickets in an Indian cricket season
* Virat Kohli recorded his fifth Test duck. It was his first as captain and also his first at home. His last one came in England in August 2014 at Old Trafford. Since then he has gone 44 innings without a duck, while scoring 2629 runs at an average of 62.60, with ten hundreds and five fifties. His five ducks were registered after he faced 2, 1, 1, 2, 2 balls.
* KL Rahul made 60.95% of the runs while scoring a 64 in India’s first-innings 105. It is the fourth-highest percentage of runs scored by an Indian batsman in a Test innings.
Highest percentage of runs in a completed innings by Indians
|VVS Laxman||63.98||167||261+||Australia||Sydney||January 2000||Lost|
|Mohinder Amarnath||61.85||60||97#||West Indies||Kingston||April 1976||Lost|
|Virender Sehwag||61.09||201*||329||Sri Lanka||Galle||July 2008||Won|
|KL Rahul||60.95||64||105||Australia||Pune||February 2017||Lost|
|Kapil Dev||60.00||129||215||South Africa||Port Elizabeth||December 1992||Lost|
* India, who were averaging 514 runs in the first innings this season, were dismissed for a paltry 105, their fifth lowest against Australia and their second lowest against the same opponent at home. By scoring 107 in the second innings, India’s match aggregate of 212 runs is their lowest in a home Test while losing all 20 wickets.
Lowest match totals for India in Tests
|166||100||66||South Africa||Durban||December 1996||Lost|
Note: The 74 overs faced by the Indian batsman in this match is the fewest they have faced in any Test at home.
* In the first innings, India lost their last seven wickets for 11 runs in 48 balls in 38 minutes. It was by far their worst collapse while losing their last seven wickets. Previously they had lost as many wickets for 18 runs (146 for 3 to 164) against New Zealand in Christchurch in Feb 1990. They lost their last seven for 30 runs in the second innings of this match, from 77 for 3 to 107.
India’s worst collapses in Tests (losing seven wickets for fewest runs)
|7||18||146/3||164/10||New Zealand||Christchurch||February 1990||Lost||1|
|7||21||262/3||283/10||England||The Oval||August 2011||Lost||2|
* Steve O’Keefe’s 6 for 35, his best bowling in Tests, made him the ninth left-arm spinner to take a six-wicket haul against India. He became the 11th Australian left-arm spinner to take a six-plus wickets against any opponent. The last one to do so was Michael Clarke (6 for 9) also against India in Mumbai in November 2004.
* Steve Smith (109) registered his 18th Test 100 in the second innings, his fifth against India in as many matches, his first in India (previous highest: 92 in Mohali in March 2013), his second in Asia (after his 119 in Colombo, SSC, in August 2016), his eighth in an away Test, and his tenth as captain.
* Smith became the 11th Australian to make 1000 runs against India in Tests. By doing so in his 14th innings, he equalled the Aussie record held by Matthew Hayden, who also took the same number of innings to reach the landmark. The batsman to do so the quickest was West Indian Everton Weekes who took just nine innings to reach his 1000th run in February 1953.
Fewest innings to aggregate 1000 runs against India in Tests
|Everton Weekes||9||7||WI||February 7, 1953||1033||114.78||207||5||2|
|Younus Khan||11||6||Pak||January 30, 2006||1061||106.10||267||4||3|
|Andy Flower||13||7||Zim||June 16, 2001||1027||128.38||232*||3||6|
|Matthew Hayden||14||7||Aus||January 6, 2004||1000||83.33||203||3||5|
|Mahela Jayawardene||14||10||SL||July 24, 2008||1018||72.71||242||4||5|
|Steve Smith||14||7||Aus||February 24, 2017||1066||88.83||192||5||3|
* By reaching his 18th Test century in his 94 innings, Smith is now the fourth quickest to reach this landmark in fewest innings.
Fewest innings to aggregate to reach 18th Test century
|Don Bradman||51||33||Aus||February 26, 1937||4659||97.06||334||7|
|Sunil Gavaskar||82||43||Ind||January 2, 1979||4240||56.53||220||17|
|Matthew Hayden||87||51||Aus||March 10, 2004||4659||58.97||380||14|
|Steve Smith||94||51||Aus||February 25, 2017||4888||60.35||215||20|
|Sachin Tendulkar||99||65||Ind||January 31, 1999||4956||55.07||179||20|
* By registering his tenth Test century as captain in his 37 innings, Smith is now the third quickest to reach this landmark.
Fewest innings to aggregate to reach 10th Test century as captain
|Don Bradman||26||17||Aus||January 1, 1948||2254||98.00||270||5|
|Mahela Jayawardene||36||22||SL||July 24, 2008||2308||67.88||374||3|
|Steve Smith||37||21||Aus||February 25, 2017||2348||73.88||192||9|
|Steve Waugh||43||28||Aus||August 24, 2001||2073||57.58||199||2|
|Michael Clarke||47||27||Aus||August 1, 2013||2867||65.16||329*||3|
* O’Keefe’s 12 for 70 is the best match bowling performance in a Test by an Australian bowler against India, bettering Alan Davidson’s 12 for 124 at Kanpur in December 1959. It is the second-best by any bowler against India, just behind Ian Botham’s 13 for 106 in Mumbai in February 1980.
Best match figures against India in Tests
|Ian Botham||13||106||England||Mumbai WS||February 1980||Won||Right arm fast medium|
|Steve O’Keefe||12||70||Australia||Pune||February 2017||Won||Left arm slow|
|Fazal Mahmood||12||94||Pakistan||Lucknow||October 1952||Won||Right arm fast medium|
|Andy Roberts||12||121||West Indies||Chennai||January 1975||Lost||Right arm fast|
|Alan Davidson||12||124||Australia||Kanpur||December 1959||Lost||Left arm fast|
|Bruce Reid||12||126||Australia||Melbourne||December 1991||Won||Left arm fast|
|Allan Donald||12||139||South Africa||Port Elizabeth||December 1992||Won||Right arm fast|
|Geoff Dymock||12||166||Australia||Kanpur||October 1979||Lost||Left arm fast medium|
|Nathan Lyon||12||286||Australia||Adelaide||December 2014||Won||Right arm off-break|
|Jason Krejza||12||358||Australia||Nagpur||November 2008||Lost||Right arm off-break|
* O’Keefe became the only fourth left-arm spinner to take a ten-wicket haul against India after Englishman Hedley Verity (11 for 153) in Chennai in 1934, Pakistani Iqbal Qasim (10 for 175) in Mumbai in December 1979 and England’s Monty Panesar (11 for 210) in Mumbai in November 2012.
* Ravindra Jadeja has now taken 100 wickets (101) at home, of which 51 have come this season. He became the 11th bowler (all Indians) to capture 100 or more Test wickets on Indian soil. The quickest was R Ashwin, who did so in his 16th match in November 2015, followed by Harbhajan Singh (in October 2004) and Jadeja, both of whom needed 19 Tests.
100+ Test wickets on Indian soil
|Bishan Singh Bedi||137||30||1731.5||649||3287||7-98||23.99||75.85||8||0|
* The final wicket of the Test match was Nathan Lyon’s 50th against India in his 11th Test match. He became the 24th bowler to get to the landmark against India. Sri Lankan M Muralidharan is the only one with over 100 wickets (105 in 22 Tests). Lyon is the fifth Australian to take 50 or more wickets against India. The others: Brett Lee 53 wickets in 11 Tests, Richie Benaud 52 in eight, Glenn McGrath 51 in 11, Mitchell Johnson 50 in 11.
* India’s loss by 333 runs is their fourth largest in terms of runs, of which three have come against Australia.
* Australia won a Test in India after 12 years, four months and 11 Tests. Their last win before this one was in Nagpur on November 29, 2004. The last time Australia won a Test in Asia was in Galle on September 3, 2011, by 125 runs.