Ashwin thrives in home conditions
On the opening day of the Indore Test match, Ravichandran Ashwin became the tenth bowler in Test cricket history to claim 250 or more wickets on home soil. The first bowler to achieve this was Sri Lankan Muttiah Muralitharan in January 2002. Ashwin (254 wickets) became the third Indian bowler after Anil Kumble (350) and Harbhajan Singh (265) to achieve this landmark in Tests. By accomplishing this in just 42 Tests, Ashwin emulated Muralitharan, who too did so in the same number of Tests – as they are the bowlers to reach 250 home wickets in the fewest Tests.
Mayank’s double-doubles as an opener
Mayank Agarwal, at Indore, registered the second double century of his fledgling Test career in his eighth match and 12th innings. This makes him the only batsman in history to register two double centuries by the first twelve innings of his career as a Test opener.
Mayank sandwiched between Kambli and Bradman
Meanwhile, Mayank Agarwal became only the second batsman in Test cricket to make two double centuries before playing their 13th Test innings. The only other batsman to achieve this was another Indian, Vinod Kambli who had hit two double centuries in the fourth and fifth innings of his career. Australian legend Don Bradman needed 13 innings for his first two double hundreds.
Only second to Sehwag
Agarwal’s 243 at Indore is the fifth-highest by an Indian opener in Tests. The only batsman above him is Virender Sehwag, who occupies the first four positions in the list of highest Test scores by Indian openers.
Double hundreds by Indian openers
Agarwal became the fifth Indian opener to register two or more double centuries in Tests. Sehwag leads this list with six double centuries as an opener. For the record, Sehwag and Sri Lankan Marvan Atapattu are the only two openers with six Test double centuries to their credit, the most by any opener.
Mayank Agarwal also became only the second Asian Test opener to hit eight or more sixes in a Test innings and overall the fifth opener to achieve this feat. Former Indian batsman Navjot Singh Sidhu was the first opener to hit eight sixes in a Test innings against Sri Lanka at Lucknow in January 1994. Australian Matthew Hayden surpassed Sidhu’s tally by blasting 11 sixes during his mammoth 380 against Zimbabwe at Perth in October 2003.
The Indian six-hitters
Agarwal became only the sixth Indian to hit seven or more sixes in a Test innings, with Sidhu and him the only two Indians to hit eight sixes.
200 in a single day!
Agarwal, during his 243 at Indore, made 206 runs (from 37* to 243) on the second day. He became only the fourth Indian to make 200 runs in a single day of a Test match, with Sehwag achieving this on three occasions.
India’s best victory sequence equalled
The victory at Indore was India’s sixth successive Test victory since winning the Test match in Antigua in August. This now equals their best win sequence achieved in the year 2013 (between February and November) under MS Dhoni.
A hat-trick of victories by an innings
For only the third time in their Test history since 1932, India have managed to win three consecutive Test matches by an innings. It was first achieved in 1993/93, then in the very next season 1993/94 they did it again. India, then under the captaincy of Mohammad Azharuddin from February 1993 to February 1994 had six Test victories by an innings in nine Tests and six of which came at home in successive Tests!
Three consecutive Test victories by an innings for India:
- 3 in 1992/93
- 3 in 1993/94
- 3 in 2019/20
Skipper Kohli moves ahead
The Test victory at Indore was Virat Kohli’s 32nd win as India captain. Now only four other captains in history have won more Tests, namely Graeme Smith (53), Ricky Ponting (48), Steve Waugh (41) and Clive Lloyd (36). In doing so, Kohli added another feather to his overflowing cap by becoming the Indian captain who has been involved in most Test victories by an innings.