From Kohli’s absence to Kuldeep Yadav’s debut to Rahane’s first leadership in First class cricket to Dharamshala’s Test debut to Smith’s yet another hundred and milestone for the fourth quickest batsman to score 20 Test hundreds. Here are the statistical highlights from day one of fourth Test between India and Australia at Dharamshala.
27 Test venues for India at home conditions. With today’s match at Dharamshala, India becomes the only team to host a Test match at most number of grounds. The second-most is by Pakistan who hosted a Test match at 17 home venues.
54 Number of consecutive Tests played by Virat Kohli for India before missing out this Dharamshala Test. His last missed Test was against West Indies in 2011 at Kolkata.
288 Test cap for India by Kuldeep Yadav in this match. Four other teams have played more players than India in Tests; England (676), Australia (450), South Africa (330) and West Indies (309).
33 Test captain for India when Ajinkya Rahane flew toss at Dharamshala. He had never captained his team in first-class cricket before and he gets chance to lead his national side in the absence of regular captain Virat Kohli.
3 Test hundreds for Steven Smith in this series including today’s hundred becomes only second captain to score three centuries by visiting captain in India in a series. Alastair Cook in 2012-13 is other captain to do so.
99 Innings taken by Steven Smith to complete 20 Test hundreds, fourth-quickest in terms of innings taken. Sir Don Bradman (55), Sunil Gavaskar (95) and Mathew Hayden (95) had taken lesser innings than Smith.
79 Test wickets for Ravichandran Ashwin in this season, most by any bowler in any season. He went past Dale Steyn’s record of 78 wickets which he had in 2007-08 season.