India vs Australia Test Rivalry in Numbers

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India vs Australia Test Rivalry

India vs Australia Test Rivalry have a rich and storied history of Test cricket, spanning over seven decades and 106 matches. The two teams have produced some of the most thrilling and competitive contests in the longest format of the game, with many records and milestones achieved along the way. The rivalry has also seen many individual and team performances that have etched their names in the annals of cricket history.

As India and Australia gear up for the World Test Championship Final at The Oval in June 2023, which will be their first-ever Test match at a neutral venue, let us take a look at some of the key numbers and statistics that define India vs Australia Test rivalry:

Overall Record in India vs Australia Test Rivalry

  • Australia has a slight edge over India in terms of overall wins, with 44 victories to India’s 32. One match was tied and 29 were drawn.
  • However, India has a better record at home, with 21 wins out of 52 matches, compared to Australia’s 13. 18 matches were drawn.
  • Australia has a dominant record in Australia, with 30 wins out of 54 matches, compared to India’s 8. 15 matches were drawn.
  • India has won four consecutive Border-Gavaskar Trophy series against Australia, starting from 2016-17. They have retained the trophy since 2015.
  • India has won two-Test series in Australia, both by a margin of 2-1, in 2018-19 and 2020-21. They are the only Asian team to win a Test series in Australia.
  • Australia has won four Test series in India, by margins of 2-1 in 1969-70 and 2004-05, and by margins of 3-1 in 1969-70 and 2-0 in 1956. They are the only non-Asian team to win a Test series in India since 1970.

Team Performances

  • The highest team total in India vs Australia Tests is 705/7 declared by Australia at Sydney in 2004. The lowest team total is 36 by India at Adelaide in 2020.
  • The highest partnership for any wicket in India vs Australia Tests is 376 by Ricky Ponting and Michael Clarke for the fourth wicket at Adelaide in 2012. The highest partnership for India is 376 by VVS Laxman and Rahul Dravid for the fifth wicket at Kolkata in 2001.
  • The most runs scored by a pair in India vs Australia Tests is 1809 by Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman in 25 matches. They also have the most hundred partnerships (6) and fifty partnerships (9).
  • The most wickets taken by a pair in India vs Australia Tests is 94 by Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh in 14 matches. They also have the most five-wicket hauls (12) and ten-wicket hauls (3) as a pair.

Individual Performances

Batting

  • The highest individual score in India vs Australia Tests is 329 by Michael Clarke in 2012 in Sydney. The lowest individual score is zero by several players.
  • The most runs scored in India vs Australia Tests is 3630 by Sachin Tendulkar in 39 matches. He also has the most hundreds (11) and fifties (16).
  • The most runs scored by a debutant in India vs Australia Tests is 287 by Shikhar Dhawan in one match in 2013. He also has the most hundreds (1) and fifties (1) by a debutant.
  • The most runs scored by a batsman in a single India vs Australia Test series is 774 by Sunil Gavaskar in four matches in 1977-78. He also has the most hundreds (4) and fifties (3) in a single series.

Bowling

  • The best bowling figures in an innings in India vs Australia Tests is 9/69 by Jasubhai Patel in Kanpur 1959. The best bowling figures in a match is 15/217 by Harbhajan Singh at Chennai in 2001.
  • The most wickets taken in India vs Australia Tests is 116 by Nathan Lyon in 26 matches. He also has the most five-wicket hauls (9) and ten-wicket hauls (2).
  • The most wickets taken by a captain in India vs Australia Tests is 48 by Richie Benaud in 8 matches. He also has the most five-wicket hauls (4) and ten-wicket hauls (1) as a captain.
  • The most wickets taken by a debutant in India vs Australia Tests is also 16 by Narendra Hirwani in one match in 1988. He also has the most five-wicket hauls (2) and ten-wicket hauls (1) by a debutant.
  • The most wickets taken by a bowler in a single India vs Australia Test series is 35 by Harbhajan Singh in three matches in 2000-01. He also has the most five-wicket hauls (4) and ten-wicket hauls (2) in a single series.

Fielding

  • The most catches taken by a fielder (excluding wicketkeepers) in India vs Australia Tests is 46 by Rahul Dravid in 32 matches. The most catches taken by a wicketkeeper is 42 by Adam Gilchrist in 20 matches.
  • The most dismissals effected by a wicketkeeper (including stumpings) in India vs Australia Tests is also 42 by Adam Gilchrist in 20 matches. He also has the most stumpings (6).
  • The most catches taken by a fielder (excluding wicketkeepers) on debut in India vs Australia Tests is 4 by Hanuma Vihari at Melbourne in 2018. The most catches taken by a wicketkeeper on debut is 3 by Parthiv Patel at Adelaide in 2003.
  • The most dismissals effected by a wicketkeeper (including stumpings) on debut in India vs Australia Tests is also 3 by Parthiv Patel at Adelaide in 2003. He also has the most stumpings (1) on debut.

Conclusion

As you can see, India vs Australia Test Rivalry in immersed with records. Some records are being broken while some are being made. They are set to continue this great rivalry in this years WTC final.

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