Virat Kohli’s Indian cricket team created history in the Adelaide Oval on Monday when they defeated Australia by 31 runs to take a 1-0 lead in the four-match Test series. With this win, Kohli as well as the Indian side created plenty of records. The 31-run win made Kohli the only Asian skipper in history to register a win in South Africa, England and Australia in a calendar year. Although India lost the series in South Africa and England, they have a great chance to win a series against an Australian cricket team that is low on experience and without their star batsmen in Steve Smith and David Warner. Apart from Kohli’s milestone, there were other individual and team records shattered in Adelaide. Here is the list.
6 – The Adelaide win was India’s sixth Test win in Australia. This was their second win at the Adelaide Oval, having won earlier in 2003. India has won two matches in Melbourne, one each in Perth and Sydney.
1 – This is the first time that India has won the first match of a Test series Down Under. In 11 previous instances, India had lost nine and drawn two.
10 – Number of years taken for India to register a Test win in Australia. Their last win came in Perth in 2008.
11 – Number of catches taken by Rishabh Pant in one match. It is the highest-ever by an Indian keeper, beating Wriddhiman Saha’s mark of 10 catches which he achieved in Johannesburg. Pant is the third keeper after AB de Villiers and England’s Jack Russell to take 11 catches.
16 – Cheteshwar Pujara notched up his 16th ton and his first in Australia in this game. Incidentally, this was the same place where Rahul Dravid also hit his 16th Test ton. He also went past 5000 runs.
25 – Number of Test wins for Virat Kohli as skipper. He needs just three more wins to break MS Dhoni’s record of 27 wins.
4 – Virat Kohli became the fourth Indian player after VVS Laxman, Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar to go past 1000 runs in Tests in Australia. He has five centuries in Australia.
8 – Number of times Nathan Lyon has dismissed Cheteshwar Pujara in Tests, which is the joint-most. He has also dismissed Alastair Cook the same number of wins.
6 – Number of times Virat Kohli has fallen to Nathan Lyon. This is the most number of times a bowler has dismissed him in Tests.
2 – This is only the second time that India has won three Tests outside home in a calendar year. They had last achieved this feat in 1968 against New Zealand.
31 – The margin of victory for India in this Test, which was the third-lowest in terms of runs. India won against Australia in Mumbai by 13 runs in 2004, which is their lowest-ever while they won by 28 runs against England in Kolkata in 1972/73.