Australia vs India 2018-19: Five records that were created by the Indians in the Test series
After 71 years of long wait, India have finally found a way to win a Test series on Australian soil and thus becoming the first Asian side to do so. This is a huge feather in Virat Kohli’s cap and one of the glorious moments in Indian cricket history which has to be cherished forever.
The series scoreline might read 2-1, but India will consider themselves unlucky for not making it 3-1 after being in a dominant position due to poor weather conditions which played spoilsport in days 4 and 5. India outplayed the hosts in all the departments of the game and lived up to the reputation of being the no.1 Test team in the world.
Obviously, winning a series down under for the first time means there will be so many records created and broken. Let’s have a detailed look at some of them.
Most balls by a visiting batsman in a Test series in Australia (Max. four Tests): Cheteshwar Pujara
The more balls faced by Pujara, the better it’s for the batsman that follows him. Pujara plays a vital role in blunting the new ball and making the bowling attacks tired which makes batting easy for the rest of the batsman. Not only he makes batting easy for others, but he ensures that once he gets settled at the crease he makes it count by scoring daddy hundreds.
Cheteshwar Pujara currently holds the record of facing most balls (1258) by a visiting batsman in a four-match Test series in Australia, going past Herbert Sutcliffe (1237). Among Asian batsman, it was Rahul Dravid who held the record of facing most balls (1203) in the 2003/04 season which was broken by the current Indian no.3 batsman in the recently concluded Test series.
The 30-year-old accumulated 521 runs at an impressive average of 74.42 in the series making him the third in the list of scoring most runs in a Test series by an Asian batsman behind Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara.