India vs England 2nd Test Day 5 Stats: Ashwin becomes 2016's top wicket-taker, India extend unbeaten run
India clinched the Vizag Test against England by 246 runs to take a 1-0 lead in the five-match Test series on Monday. It was a combined team effort from the Virat Kohli-led side, with all departments contributing in equal measure to go in front in the five-match Test series.
Here are the stats from the game:
1 – With 55 wickets to his name in the longer format of the game, Ravichandran Ashwin became the leading Test wicket taker in 2016 earlier today. The off-spinner has taken the scalps in 9 Tests, and he is also the leading international wicket-taker in 2016 with 80 victims to his name.
5 – Ben Duckett has had a woeful series so far and he has had an even more miserable time facing up to Ashwin, against whom the left-hander averages a mere 5. The off-spinner has bowled 40 deliveries to Duckett and the batsman has managed to score just 15 runs off him in the four innings so far. Ashwin has dismissed him thrice already in this series.
21 – James Anderson fell for a duck in the fourth innings in Vizag, which was the 21st duck of his career. He now leads the list for the most number of zeroes for any Englishman.
15 – With their win on Monday, India extended their unbeaten streak in Test cricket to 15 matches. It is their joint- second best run in Test cricket, two short of the mark, they had achieved between 1985 and 1987, when they had won 17 games. Their Test defeat in the ongoing streak came against Sri Lanka in 2015.
2 – India’s victory margin of 246 runs in the Vizag Test was their second highest in terms of runs against England. Their best win by runs came in the Leeds Test of 1986, when they won by 279 runs.
1 – Virat Kohli's stupendous performance in the Vizag Test earned him the Man of the Match award. It was the 28-year-old’s first Player of the Match award as skipper and his third overall.
1 – India are the only team in 2016 to have not lost a Test yet. They have played 9 Tests in 2016, winning six and drawing three.
4 – Monday was the fourth instance when an Indian bowling unit had four bowlers with two-plus scalps next to their name in the fourth innings. They had earlier achieved the feat against England in 1961 in Kolkata, against Australia in Perth in 2008 and against the same opponents in Mohali in 2008.