India gave wings to their ferocious ambition of winning a maiden series Down Under, beating Australia by 31 runs in the opening Test with an irresistible fusion of self-belief, hunger and talent in Adelaide on Monday.
Chasing 323, the hosts were bowled out for 291 in 119.5 overs shortly before tea on day five with Ravichandran Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami taking three wickets each for a 1-0 lead in the four-match series. There were milestones created and records broken.
Rishabh Pant finished with 11 catches, and equalled the record for most dismissals in a Test by a wicketkeeper, sharing it with England's Jack Russell and South Africa's AB de Villiers. This and more in our statistical highlights from Day 5 of the first Test between India and Australia.
- India became the first Asian team to win a Test in Australia, England and South Africa each in a calendar year.
- Virat Kohli became the first Asian captain to win a Test in Australia, England and South Africa each.
- This was the second time that an Asian team won the first Test of a series in Australia. The only other time it happened was at Melbourne when Pakistan won the first Test in 1979.
- Virat Kohli has now won three Tests in SENA countries (South Africa, England, New Zealand and Australia) – the joint-most by an Indian captain along with MS Dhoni and MAK Pataudi.
- Virat Kohli has now won at least a Test in five different overseas countries – the joint third most for any Indian captain. The record is held by Sourav Ganguly who won at least a Test in seven different overseas countries.
- Rishabh Pant’s 11 dismissals in Adelaide Test were the joint most for any keeper in a Test along with Jack Russell (v South Africa, Johannesburg, 1995) and AB de Villiers (v Pakistan, Johannesburg, 2013).
- 35 catches were taken in the first Test between India and Australia – the most in a Test match. The previous record was of 34 – in a Test match played at Cape Town between South Africa and Australia earlier this year.
- This was the first time that Cheteshwar Pujara won a Man of the Match award outside Asia in Tests. He has won four Man of the Match awards in Tests played in Asia.
- Shaun Marsh amassed 60 runs in the fourth innings of the first Test – it was his first ever Test fifty in the first innings of a Test.
With inputs from PTI