Stats Highlights, Aus v Ind, 4th Test, Day 4
Adelaide, Jan 27: Virender Sehwag scored a 50 off 36 balls, the fastest by an Indian against Australia. But that was perhaps the only heartening news for India from the penultimate day of the four-match Test series. Come Day 5 and they face the prospect of another ignonimous series whitewash overseas. Michael Clarke, meanwhile, became the second Australian captain to declare both innings of a Test against India and now stands on the cusp of a historic series win. Take a look at the numbers that matter from Day 4 at Adelaide.
- Michael Clarke became the second Australian captain to declare both innings of a Test against India. The only other Australian to do so against India is Allan Border, who declared at 574 for seven in the first innings and 170 for five at Madras in 1986-87. The Test ended in a thrilling tie.
- Incidentally, Clarke is the 14th captain to declare both innings of a Test against India. Out of 13 previous such instances, only five were won by the opposition, seven were drawn and one was tied.
- Clarke ended the series with 626 runs against his name (avg 125.20). Only three captains – England’s Graham Gooch (752 runs in 1990), Don Bradman (715 in 1947-48) and Clive Lloyd (636 in 1974-75) – have scored more runs in a series against India while captaining their respective sides.
- It was the first time that Clarke made 500 runs in a series. His previous best was 448 runs in a five-match series against England in England in 2009.
- Clarke also became the 12th Australian to aggregate 600 runs in a series. Don Bradman did this six times, followed by Neil Harvey (thrice) and Greg Chappell (twice). Incidentally, Ricky Ponting was the last Australian batsman to aggregate 600 runs in a series – 706 runs against India in 2003-04.
- Ricky Ponting ended the series with 544 runs (avg 108.80) against his name – his third highest tally in a series after 706 against India in 2003-04 and 576 against England in 2006-07.
- Incidentally, it was the fifth time that Ponting scored 500 runs in a series. Don Bradman and Brian Lara did this seven times each, while Garry Sobers and Sunil Gavaskar accomplished the feat six times each.
- Gautam Gambhir has now played 37 innings without scoring a century. His last century was against Bangladesh at Chittagong in January 2010. Since then he has made 1020 runs at an average of 29.14 with nine fifties.
- Sehwag’s 62 is his highest score as captain. This obliterates his 52 against Bangladesh at Chittagong in 2009-10.
- Sehwag reached his fifty off just 36 balls – the fastest by an Indian against Australia. Sehwag bettered his own record of 38 balls at Mohali in 2010-11.
- Sachin Tendulkar has now played 22 innings without scoring a hundred – his longest streak without a Test hundred. He had last scored a hundred against South Africa (146) at Cape Town in January 2011.
- It was the 15th occasion (out of 43) when Tendulkar failed to score a hundred in a series of three Tests or more. The match-wise break-up: one five-match series (v West Indies in West Indies in 1996-97); three four-match series (v Pakistan in Pakistan in 1989-90; v England in England in 2011 and now v Australia); and 11 three-match series.
- Just before he got run out, Virat Kohli became first Indian batsman to aggregate 300 runs in the series.