Statistical highlights at the end of the third Test between India and Sri Lanka, Pallekele on Monday.
- For the fourth time, Sri Lanka have lost a home Test within three days. The first three instances being vs Pakistan in 1994 and in 2006 - both at Kandy and vs England at Colombo (SSC) in 2001.
- India's Test triumphs by an innings at Pallekele is their second biggest in an overseas Test.
- Overall, the aforesaid victory is their fourth biggest in Tests - the largest being by an innings & 239 runs vs Bangladesh at Dhaka in 2007; by an innings & 219 runs vs Australia at Kolkata in 1998 & by an innings & 198 runs vs New Zealand at Nagpur in 2010.
- India have won 9 Tests out of 24 played in Sri Lanka - their best wins' tally in any country (seven lost and eight drawn).
- India have won five successive Tests vs Sri Lanka for the first time - between 2015 and 2017, the sequence of victories have been by 278 runs at Colombo (PSS); by 117 runs at Colombo (SSC) in 2015 and by 304 runs at Galle; by an innings & 53 runs at Colombo (SSC) & by an innings & 171 runs at Pallekele in the just concluded series.
- India have white-washed an away rubber of three or more Tests for the first time. They have won three Tests in an overseas series for the second time - the first occasion being when they won by 3-1 vs New Zealand under Nawab of Pataudi's captaincy in 1967-68.
- Overall, India have whitewashed a rubber of three or more Tests five times - Against Australia in India in 2012-13, they had won all four.
- Sri Lanka have lost all three Tests in a rubber in Sri Lanka for the second time - the first such happening was against Australia in 2003-04.
- In all, Sri Lanka have been whitewashed on six occasions in a series of three Tests.
- India took first innings leads of over 300 runs three times - once each at Galle, Colombo (SSC) and Pallekele - a feat achieved by them for the first time.
- India's 487 in the Pallekele Test was their lowest completed innings total in the just concluded series. It means the said total is their highest lowest innings total in a series of three or more Tests, eclipsing the 485 vs Sri Lanka in 1997-98.
- Virat Kohli enjoys an outstanding record as captain - his success percentage of 65.51 is the highest by an Indian captain in Tests - India's record under his captaincy being 19 victories, three defeats and seven drawn matches in 29 Tests.
- Shikhar Dhawan got the Player of the series award for the first time in his Test career. His runs' tally of 358 ave.89.50, including two centuries, is his best ever in a Test series. He remains the top run-scorer on either side in the series.