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Sunday, 10 November 2013

India vs West Indies – 1st Test, Day 3: Stats Highlights


Rohit Sharma’s 177 is the highest score by a debutant at No.6, obliterating Australia’s Doug Walters’ 155 against England at Brisbane in 1965-66.
Rohit’s 177 is also the second-highest score by an Indian in his very first Test innings, after Shikhar Dhawan’s 187 against Australia at Mohali earlier this year. Overall, it is the seventh-highest individual score by a player batting for the first time in Test cricket. (Also Read: India vs West Indies – 1st Test, Day 1: Stats Highlights)
R Ashwin (124) posted his second Test century – also his highest score in Test cricket. Incidentally, his previous highest was 103 also against West Indies at Mumbai (Wankhede) in 2011-12. (Also Read: India vs West Indies – 1st Test, Day 2: Stats Highlights)
Ashwin has now equaled the Indian record of most centuries at No.8. Kapil Dev, MS Dhoni and Harbhajan Singh also have 2 centuries at this position.
After 17 Tests Ashwin has aggregated 740 runs (avg 41.11) and taken 97 wickets (avg 28.07). It will be interesting to see how some of the greatest all-rounders stood after first 17 Tests. Here’s how they stack up:
Ian Botham……...791 runs and 87 wickets
Kapil Dev………..698 runs and 58 wickets
Richard Hadlee…617 runs and 61 wickets
Imran Khan……...544 runs and 70 wickets
The 280-run partnership between Rohit and Ashwin is India’s highest for the seventh wicket against any country. The previous best was 259 (unbroken) between VVS Laxman and MS Dhoni against South Africa also at Kolkata in 2009-10.
The Rohit-Ashwin partnership is also the third-highest seventh-wicket partnership in all Test cricket, after the 347-run partnership between Denis Atkinson and Clairmonte Depeiaza (for West Indies vs Australia at Bridgetown in 1954-55) and the 308-run partnership between Waqar Hasan and Imtiaz Ahmed (for Pakistan vs New Zealand at Lahore in 1955-56).
Shane Shillingford became only the second West Indies spinner to take a six-wicket haul on Indian soil, after Lance Gibbs, who did so twice – 7/98 at Mumbai (Wankhede) and 6/76 at Delhi in 1974-75.
Shillingford's figures are also the second-best by a visiting spinner at the Eden Gardens, after Australia’s Richie Benaud’s 6/52 in 1956-57.
Shivnarine Chanderpaul, while on 13, completed his 20,000 runs in international cricket. He became second West Indian, after Brian Lara (22,358) and 10th player overall, to reach this mark.
Mohammed Shami's match figures of 9/118 are the best by an Indian pacer on Test debut, expunging Munaf Patel’s 7/97 against England at Mohali in 2005-06. His figures are also the second-best by any Indian bowler on Test debut, after Narendra Hirwani’s 16/136 also against West Indies at Chennai in 1987-88.
Interestingly, the top-three match figures on Test debut for India have all come against West Indies. Hirwani’s 16/136 and Shami’s 9/118 are followed by R Ashwin’s 9/128 at Delhi in 2011-12.
Incidentally, Shami’s match figures are also the best by a pacer against West Indies on Test debut, beating England’s Bill Copson’s 9/152 at Lord’s in 1939.
The win was India’s third by an innings margin against West Indies. They had beaten West Indies by an innings and 112 runs at Mumbai (Wankhede) in 2002-03 and by an innings and 15 runs also at Kolkata in 2011-12.
The match provided the ninth instance of India winning a Test within three days – second against West Indies. The only other such instance was at Kingston in 2006.
The win was MS Dhoni’s 25th as captain. He became first Indian and only the 11th captain overall to do so.
This was the eighth occasion when Dhoni won a Test by innings margin. He now shares the Indian record of winning most Tests by an innings margin, hitherto held by Mohammad Azharuddin.
The win was India’s fifth in a row. India had beaten Australia in all four Tests in February/March this year. This makes it India’s longest winning streak in Test cricket. India had won four consecutive Tests on two occasions (in 1992-93 and 2009-10).


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