Stats Highlights, Aus v Ind, 1st Test - Day 4
Melbourne, December 29: India’s poor run with Boxing Day matches continued as the team notched up their fifth straight loss in an overseas Test. Chasing a victory target of 292 against Australia, the visitors were bundled out for a meagre 169 runs, with little to cheer on the batting front. Take a look at the numbers that matter from the fourth and final Day of the Melbourne Test.
- MS Dhoni, equalled Syed Kirmani’s Indian record for most dismissals (41) against Australia with the dismissal of Mike Hussey. Dhoni took 11 Tests to do so as against Kirmani’s 17.
- Chasing a victory target of 292 runs, India were dismissed for 169. No team has successfully chased down a 200-plus target at the MCG in the last 49 years. The last team to do so was England in January 1963 when they successfully chased down a target of 234 for the loss of three wickets.
- Rahul Dravid got out bowled in both innings of a Test for just the fourth time in his career. The other such occasions were: v South Africa at Mumbai WS in 1999-‘00, v New Zealand at Wellington in 2002-‘03 and v Pakistan at Delhi in 2007-‘08.
- Dravid has now been out bowled on 51 occasions. Only Allan Border (53) has more dismissals in this fashion in Test cricket.
- VVS Laxman failed to reach double figures in both innings of a Test against Australia for only the second time in his career. Incidentally, the earlier such occasion was also at MCG (in 1999-‘00 when Laxman made 5 & 1).
- Melbourne remains Laxman’s least favourite ground in Australia. In the four Tests he has played here, Laxman has aggregated just 114 runs at an average of 14.50 with a highest of 42. Laxman has aggregated 970 runs in eight Tests at other Australian grounds at an average of 69.29.
- Sachin Tendulkar top-scored for India in both innings with scores of 73 and 32. This was the fifth such occasion for Tendulkar. He now shares the Indian record with Sunil Gavaskar.
- This was India’s fifth consecutive defeat in an overseas Test. They had lost all four Tests against England in England in July-August this year.
- This was India’s fifth consecutive defeat at Melbourne since 1991-‘92. In all they have lost 10 out of 11 games played here.
- India’s poor form with Boxing Day Tests continues. They have now lost 10 out of 12 such games.