Ajinkya Rahane above Bradman in one and only second in another record…..read on…..

What a turnaround this has been for the Indian team, who gave a rock bottom performance in the previous Test by registering their lowest score in Test Cricket history, and then made a stunning comeback by giving one of their most dominant performance in Test Cricket history.
To add to it, India were without their leader and best batsman Virat Kohli. They were also without their 3 key players, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma and Rohit Sharma. There were two new debutants in the team. Even then, India bossed the occasion under the leadership of Ajinkya Rahane to level the series 1-1 after registering an 8-wicket win.
Below are some stats and facts that were created in the Boxing day Test match:
* Players who never scored 100 in losing cause in international cricket:
1. G Boycott – 23 100s
2. W Hammond – 22 100s
3. Saleem Malik – 20 100s
4. A Rahane – 15 100s*
5. KD Walters – 15 100s
6. ED Weeks – 15 100s
* Highest Test batting averages as captain (min. three matches):
1. 101.52 – Sir Don Bradman
2. 77.66 – Ajinkya Rahane
3. 70.37 – Steve Smith
4. 70.29 – FS Jackson
5. 69.61 – Kumar Sangakkara
* Most hundreds in Test matches where the opposition team were bowled out twice without anyone reaching fifty:-
1. Ajinkya Rahane – 4
2. Donald Bradman – 4
3. Colin Cowdrey – 3
4. Jacques Kallis – 3
5. Gordon Greenidge – 3
* List of all Rahane hundreds where no one from opposition crossed fifty:-
1. 112 v Australia at Melbourne 2020
2. 102 v West Indies at North Sound 2019
3. 127 v South Africa at Delhi 2015
4. 100* v South Africa at Delhi  2015
* Visiting captains to score winning runs in a Test in Australia:
1. Arthur Shrewsbury in 1884
2. Archie MacLaren in 1897
3. Mike Brearley in 1979
4. Clive Lloyd in 1982
5. Ajinkya Rahane in 2020
* Rahane is 1st Indian captain to score winning runs in a Test since MS Dhoni, 2013 Delhi.
* Indians to win each of their first three matches as captain in Test cricket:
1. MS. Dhoni (Won his first four)
2. Ajinkya Rahane
* Ajinkya Rahane is also the first Indian captain to score a Test century on Australian soil in winning cause.
* Stats on Bumrah :
1. 76 wickets at 20.6 in his first 16 Tests, all away from home.
2. 195 bowlers have taken 50+ Test wickets away from home (including neutral grounds) since 1920.
3. Bumrah’s average is the 4th best, behind Frank Tyson, Joel Garner & Alan Davidson.
4. Overall Wickets and average away from home:
# Frank Tyson: (1954-1959)
13 Matches 56 wickets 18.96 AVG, 3 five Wicket, 1 ten wicket
# Joel Garner: (1979-1987)
29 Mat 136 Wickets 19.74 AVG,  4 five wicket
# Alan Davidson: (1953-1961)
27 Mat 102 wkts 20.10 AVG, 6 five wicket, 1 ten wicket
# Jasprit Bumrah: (2018-2020)
16 Mat 76 wkts 20.68 AVG,  5 five wicket
* Jasprit Bumrah in India’s away Test wins –
1. Johannesburg – 5/54 & 2/57
2. Trent Bridge – 2/37 & 5/85
3. Adelaide – 3/47 & 3/68
4. Melbourne – 6/33 & 3/53
5. Antigua – 1/55 & 5/7
6. Kingston – 6/27 & 1/31
7. Melbourne – 4/56 & 2/54
That’s 48 wickets at 13.83 in 7 Tests.
* Jasprit Bumrah at MCG:
1. 6/33 in 2018
2. 3/53 in 2018
3. 4/56 in 2020
4. 2/54 in 2020
77.5 overs | 15 wkts | Avg 13.06 | SR 31.1
* Ashwin outside Asia:
1. First 9 Tests (2011-15), 24 wickets, average 56.5, economy 3.24.
2.Last 14 Tests (2016-20): 54 wickets, average 25.8, economy 2.54.
3. So far this series, Ashwin has 10 wickets at 17.7. No visiting spinner has taken 10+ wickets in a series in Australia at an average below 30 since Upul Chandana’s 12 at 22.5 for SL in 2 Test-series in 2004.
4. Ravichandran Ashwin this series:
2 Matches
4 Innings
511 Balls
177 Runs
10 Wickets
4/55 BBI
5/71 BBM
17.70 Bowling Average
2.04 Economy
51.1 Strike rate
*. Visiting bowlers with 5 wickets on Test debut in Australia in the last 50 years:
1. Phil DeFreitas (5-94 in a match , 1986-87)
2. Alex Tudor (5-108, 1998-99)
3. Lasith Malinga (6-92, 2004)
4. Mohammad Siraj ( 5-77, 2020)*.
Mohammed Siraj:
36.3 overs
8 maidens
77 runs
5 Wickets
2.10 Economy
15.4 Bowling Average
43.8 Strike-rate
It will be a test match remembered in the name of Ajinkya Rahane, who led a depleted team to win so handsomely against a side which gobsmacked them just a few days ago. The debutants Shubhman Gill and Mohammed Siraj would be feeling so satisfied with the outcome which had their contributions etched for eternity. Just to put things into perspective a feeling similar to Mayank Aggarwal’s who made his test debut in this same MCG and made match-winning contributions a couple of years back but looks lost at the moment, shockingly. Bumrah and Ashwin’s reliability is priceless along with Jadeja’s heroic comeback in this win. Pant’s shift in momentum innings for India in a crucial time made a contribution too and after his quickfire 100 in the D/N warmup game it was a certainty that he should have played the 1st test too.
Nevertheless, a perfect New year’s gift to Indian cricket fans by the Men in Whites with a resounding victory over Australia in the beloved MCG is so pleasing. In Sydney, India have a chance to do great things hopefully in New year’s too.
By Paramdeep Rathee