India 1-0 up against Australia in Down Under!
It has finally arrived in the Virat Kohli-era, as for the first time that a touring Indian side has triumphed in the opening Test of the series in Australia.
India won the toss, opted to bat first, lost four wickets early and it seemed the usual template for the same old story – of India's poor start in away Test series – was taking its course, but not for determined Cheteshwar Pujara. The India number three fought and fought hard, which allowed India to comeback into the match and then supported by collective effort from bowlers and Ajinkya Rahane's 70 in second innings, India scripted a famous win at Adelaide albeit not before receiving a late scare from Australia's lower-order.
While most boxes ticked for India, Vijay’s form still remains a worry, however he might well get another chance to prove himself. For the hosts, barring Travis Head in the first innings and Shaun Marsh in the second innings, none of the frontline batsmen showed enough application, which was decisive in the end. Moreover, their premier fast bowler Mitchell Starc was under par according to his own lofty standards and he would like to reorganize himself before the all important Perth Test.
Before the second Test, let’s have a look at some of the records that were broken and created during India’s 31-run at Adelaide.
Pujara became the joint fifth fastest Indian to complete 5,000 Test runs. Interestingly, he and Rahul Dravid took identical number of innings to complete 3,000 (67 innings), 4,000 (84 innings) and 5,000 (108 innings) Test runs.
Pujara became the first Indian batsman to score a Test century on the opening day of an Australia tour.
Virat Kohli becomes the fastest (innings) batsmen from Asia to complete 1,000 Test runs in Australia
Rishabh Pant now holds the record of affecting the joint most dismissals in a Test match along with Jack Russell and AB de Villiers – 11.
Nathan Lyon is fifth in the list of players, who have taken most wickets against India in Tests. Lyon has 72 wickets. James Anderson (110), Muttiah Muralitharan (105), Imran Khan (94) and Malcolm Marshall (76) are ahead of him in that list.
In Adelaide Test a record of 35 dismissals resulted in caught
It was India’s narrowest away Test win in terms of run-margin
1. Nathan Lyon became the first bowler to conceded 200 sixes in the longest version of the game during the first Test.
2. Ishant Sharma became the third Indian pacer after Kapil Dev and Zaheer Khan to take 50-plus Test wickets against Australia.
3. India become the first Asian team to win a Test in Australia, England and South Africa each in a calendar year.
4. Virat Kohli becomes the first Asian captain to win a Test in Australia, England and South Africa each.
5. This was the second time that an Asian team won the first Test of a series in Australia. The only other time it happened at Melbourne when Pakistan won the first Test in 1979.