A good day in office for the statisticians as first it was Pakistan who almost had chased down an improbable target at the backyard of the Australians before India avenged for their half-a-decade crisis against Alastair Cook and co.
It was a day of records tumbling across the globe in the annals of Test cricket – right from Gabba to Chepauk. And here we are to share with you a few of those.
- Going to Gabba first, Pakistan’s innings total of 450 is their highest ever in the fourth – leapfrogging their previous best of 382 in their successful chase against Sri Lanka in July 2015. In the final innings, Pakistan has scored 350 just twice.
- Pakistan’s 450 stands tied third in the list of highest fourth innings team total with South Africa’s near-almost win against India (8 runs shy of the target). The two at the top are Nathan Astle-starred New Zealand’s 451 against England in 2002 and England’s historic 654/5 at Durban in pursuit of 696 some 77 years back in a timeless match that went for 10 days before the visitors decided to agree upon a draw despite a win in sight so that they can catch their ship back home – the crew being extremely homesick.
- Pakistan’s 450 is also the highest by any team in the fourth innings against Australia – eclipsing 445 made by India at Adelaide in January 1978. India too lost the match and by a margin of 47 runs.
- Asad Shafiq’s heroic 137 is his ninth ton coming at number 6 or lower – emulating the feat of Sir Gary Sobers. Only Ian Botham (11) and Adam Gilchrist (15) have more.
- Among Pakistan batsmen in fourth innings, Mohammad Amir’s 48, Wahab Riaz’s 30 are third-highest respectively at no. 8 and 9 while Yaseer Shah’s 33 is one notch better coming at no. 10. And no surprise, Shafiq’s 137 is the best for a no. 6 in the same – overtaking Asif Iqbal (135) who too have many such wonders to his credit batting down the order in the 1960s and 70s.
- Coming to Chennai, India’s 759/7 is their highest-ever team score in Test. In all, this is their fourth occasion of 700-plus behind 726, 707 (both against Sri Lanka) and 705 (Australia). They have won one while drawing the other two occasions. Among all scores greater than or equal to India’s 759, the innings run-rate of 3.98 is the quickest.
- This is the sixth time that England has conceded 700 or more runs in an innings. However, this is the most they allowed in their Test history.
- Four hundred-run partnerships were made in India’s innings (Rahul-Patel, Rahul-Nair, Nair-Ashwin, Nair-Jadeja) – the tenth occasion in the history of Test cricket. This maximum limit was once achieved by India earlier in 1979 against West Indies at Kanpur.
- This is the fourth instance of a team scoring 600 or more in consecutive innings. India’s 631 at Mumbai followed by 759 at Chennai is preceded by three other instances by Australia (against England in 1946), West Indies (Against India in 1948) and India (against Sri Lanka in 2009).
- Coming to Karun Nair, he became the only third batsman to convert his maiden century into triple behind Sir Gary Sobers (365*) and Bob Simpson (311). Coming to batting position, he was the fourth to score a triple behind Sir Don Bradman, Michael Clarke and Brendon McCullum – coming in at no. 5. No other batsmen coming lower than 5 has ever scored a triple.
- Ravichandran Ashwin became the second Indian all-rounder after Kapil Dev to score 250-plus runs and bag 25-plus wickets. He also became the fifth ever to make 300-plus runs and take 25-plus wickets after George Giffen, Aubrey Faulkner, Richie Benaud and Sir Ian Botham.
- Virat Kohli’s series aggregate of 655 (considering he won’t get a second outing tomorrow) is now the second-best by an Indian Test skipper behind Sunil Gavaskar’s 732 against West Indies in 1978-79.