1st Test: Australia v India, Statistical highlights
- It was the 1476th Test in cricket history.
- It was Australia's 601st and India's 329th Test match.
- It was the 55th Test between these two sides. The record now reads : Australia 26, India 11, drawn 17 and tied 1.
- It was the 26th Test between these two sides on Australian soil. The record now reads: Australia 17, India 3, drawn 6.
- It was the 7th Test between these two sides on this ground (58th overall). Australia has won five matches, while two matches were drawn. Australia has now won 27, lost 15 and drawn 16 matches played on this ground.
- Umpires Darryl Harper and Steve Dunne were officiating in their sixth and 34th match respectively.
- Justin Langer, Adam Gilchrist and Damien Fleming were playing their first Test against India. Similarly for India, Gandhi, Ramesh, Agarkar and MSK Prasad were making their first appearance against Australia.
- Steve Waugh was captaining Australia for the first time in a Test against India. He became the 11th player to do so.
- Steve Waugh made his first hundred in his ninth Test against India. His previous highest against India was 80 at Calcutta in 1997-98. Waugh has now scored hundreds against all other eight Test playing nations - the first ever batsman to do so. He was earlier level with New Zealand's Martin Crowe, India's Sachin Tendulkar, England's Alec Stewart and fellow countrymen Mark Taylor and Mark Waugh who have scored hundreds against seven different countries.The details:
Batsman 100s Eng Aus SA WI NZ Ind Pak SL Zim Steve Waugh (Aus) 21 7 X 2 4 1 1 2 3 1 Sachin Tendulkar (Ind) 21 4 4 2 1 3 X 1 6 0 Mark Taylor (Aus) 19 6 X 2 1 2 2 4 2 - Martin Crowe (NZ) 17 5 3 0 3 X 1 1 2 2 Mark Waugh (Aus) 17 4 X 4 3 1 1 3 1 0 Alec Stewart (Eng) 12 X 1 1 2 4 0 2 1 1
- It was Steve Waugh's 21st hundred in his 123rd Test, which puts him level with Neil Harvey and David Boon. Now only Don Bradman (29), Allan Border (27) and Greg Chappell (24) have scored more hundreds than Waugh for Australia.
- It was Steve Waugh's fourth hundred in his 12th Test as captain and obviously the first against India.He became the fourth Australian (after Don Bradman, Greg Chappell and Kim Hughes) and 14th player to score a hundred in his debut Test as captain against India.
- Steve Waugh, on 101, completed 4,000 runs in home Tests in his 64th Test and 103rd innings. He became the fifth Australian after Allan Border (5,743 runs in 86 Tests), David Boon (4,541 in 60), Greg Chappell (4,515 in 55) and Don Bradman (4,322 in 33) and 11th batsman in the world to aggregate 4,000 or more runs in home Tests. Just for the record, England's Jack Hobbs with 2,493 runs in 24 Tests holds the record of scoring most runs in Australia by a visiting batsman.
- Steve Waugh, when he reached 117, completed 8,000 runs in Test cricket - the second Australian and ninth batsman to do so. Other members of the 8,000 club are Australia's Allan Border (11,174 runs in 156 Tests), India's Sunil Gavaskar (10,122 in 125), England's Graham Gooch (8,900 in 118), Pakistan's Javed Miandad (8,832 in 124), West Indies' Viv Richards (8540 in 121), England's David Gower (8,231 in 117), England's Geoff Boycott (8,114 in 108) and West Indies' Garry Sobers (8,032 in 93). Incidentally by taking 123 Tests to accomplish this feat, Steve Waugh is the slowest in terms of Tests taken to complete 8,000 Test runs. The previous slowest were England's David Gower and West Indies's Viv Richards who took 112 Tests each to complete their 8,000 runs. However David Gower is still the slowest in terms of innings. He needed 195 innings to reach this landmark. Steve Waugh with 194 innings is the second slowest.
- The fifth wicket partnership of 239 between Steve Waugh and Ricky Ponting is Australia's best for this wicket in any Test, home or away, against India, outstripping the previous highest of 223 (unbroken) between Arthur Morris and Don Bradman at Melbourne in 1947-48.
- It was the sixth double hundred partnership for the fifth wicket against India and second highest after the 254 run partnership between Keith Fletcher and Tony Greig at Mumbai in 1972-73.
- It was also the highest partnership for the fifth wicket by any side at the Adelaide Oval. The previous highest was the 208 run partnership between Allan Border and Steve Waugh for Australia against South Africa in 1993-94.
- Steve Waugh has now scored 929 runs in 12 Test matches at the Adelaide Oval. Only two batsmen Allan Border (1,415 runs in 16 Tests) and Don Bradman (970 runs in 7 Tests) have scored more runs than Steve Waugh.
- Adam Gilchrist's duck in the first innings was the first of his career. He became first Australian and sixth 'keeper in the world to record a duck in his first innings against India. Others to do so are : England's Geoff Millman (Calcutta, 1961-62), West Indies' Deryck Murray (Bangalore, 1974-75), Sri Lanka's Hashan Tillekeratne (Chandigarh, 1990-91), England's Alec Stewart (Calcutta, 1992-93) and Richard Blakey (Chennai, 1992-93). Two other 'keepers
have recorded ducks in their debut Test against India, but in the second innings. They are Australia's Barry Jarman (Kanpur, 1959-60) and Sri Lanka's Mahes Goonatilleke (Chennai, 1982-83). However Gilchrist is the only one to do so on home soil.
- The eighth wicket stand of 108 between Steve Waugh and Shane Warne is Australia's best for this wicket in any Test, home or away, against India, forging ahead of the previous record stand of 66 between Greg Matthews and Ray Bright at Melbourne in 1985-86. Incidentally it is the 10th highest and 17th century stand for seventh wicket against India.
- The wicket of Michael Kasprowicz (in the first innings) was the 50th for Anil Kumble in the calendar year 1999. Kumble became the second bowler to do so in 1999 after Australia's Glenn McGrath who has a tally of 64 wickets from 13 matches after this Test. Only three other Indians have succeeded in taking 50 wickets in a calendar year. They are : Vinoo Mankad, Bhagwat Chandrasekhar and Kapil Dev (twice).The details:
Bowler Year Tests Balls Mdns Runs Wkts Ave. 5WI 10WM Best
Kapil Dev 1983 18 3469 112 1738 75 23.17 5 1 9-83 Kapil Dev 1979 18 3651 147 1720 74 23.24 5 0 6-63 Vinoo Mankad 1952 10 3512 218 1170 53 22.07 5 2 8-52 B.Chandrasekhar 1976 11 3139 108 1458 52 28.03 3 0 6-94
- A total of 31 bowlers have now performed the feat of 50 wickets in a calendar year on 44 occasions.The break-up : 12 Australians on 18 occasions, 5 Englishmen on 8 occasions, 4 West Indians on 7 occasions, 4 Indian on 5 occasions, 2 South Africans and 2 Pakistanis on 2 occasions each and one New Zealander and one Sri Lankan on one occasion each. Eight bowlers have performed this feat on more than one occasions. They are Australia's Shane Warne (4), England's Bob Willis, West Indies' Malcolm Marshall and Australia's Glenn McGrath (3 each), England's Ian Botham, Australia's Terry Alderman, West Indies' Joel Garner and India's Kapil Dev (2 each). Australia's Dennis Lillee holds the record for taking the most wickets in a calendar year. In 1981, Lillee aggregated 85 wickets in 13 Tests at an average of 20.95.
- By taking four catches in Australia's first innings, wicketkeeper Mannava Prasad equalled Indian record of most dismissals in an innings against Australia. Others to do so are : Probir Sen (Melbourne, 1947-48), Naren Tamhane (Chennai, 1956-57), Syed Kirmani (Delhi, 1979-80) and Chandrakant Pandit (Sydney, 1991-92).
- The wicket of Ganguly (in the first innings) was Warne's 18th dismissal as stumped. With this he equalled Arthur Mailey's tally of such dismissals. Now only Clarrie Grimmett (28 in 37 Tests) has taken more wickets in this fashion than Warne for Australia.
- Shane Warne, with his allround performance (86 runs & 4-92) became the sixth Australian to score a fifty and capture four wickets in an innings in the same Test against India after Tom Veivers (67 & 4-68, Mumbai, 1964- 65), Bob Simpson (67 and 71 & 4-45, Calcutta, 1964-65), Bob Cowper (51 & 4-104, Brisbane, 1967-68 and 165 & 4-49, Sydney, 1967-68), Bruce Yardley (61* & 4-91, Calcutta, 1979- 80) and Gavin Robertson (57 & 4-72, Chennai, 1997-98).
- Steve Waugh was dismissed twice in the Test in identical fashionc MSK Prasad b.Agarkar.It was only the second time in his Test career when Waugh was out in identical fashion in both innings of a Test. In 1992-93 West Indian Curtly Ambrose had Waugh caught behind by Dave Williams in both innings of the Brisbane Test. Incidentally it was the 12th instance when Waugh was dismissed by the same bowler in both innings of a Test. Curtly Ambrose is the only one to do so thrice.
- Ricky Ponting, on 17 in the second innings, completed 2000 runs in his 32nd Test and 50th innings. He became the 41st Australian to reach this milestone.
- Shane Warne after equalling his highest Test score in the first innings was out without scoring in the second innings - his 20th duck in 79 Tests. He became the second Australian and seventh batsman in Test annals to aggregate 20 or more ducks in a career after West Indies' Courtney Walsh (32 ducks in 110 Tests), New Zealand's Danny Morrison (24 in 48) , India's Bhagwat Chandrasekhar (23 in 58), West Indies' Curtly Ambrose (22 in 88), fellow teammate Glenn McGrath (21 in 57) and India's Bishan Singh Bedi (20 in 67).
- MSK Prasad with six dismissals in the match equalled the Indian record of most dismissals by a keeper versus Australia. Syed Kirmani (Delhi,1979-80) and Chandrakant Pandit (Sydney,1991-92) had also made six dismissals.
- Sachin Tendulkar's duck in the second innings was his second against Australia, third in the year 1999 and seventh in his career.Tendulkar's first duck against Australia came in the second innings of the Delhi Test in 1996-97. Interestingly on that occasion too he was dismissed by Glenn McGrath - bowled. McGrath thus became the first bowler to get Tendulkar out on duck on more than one occasion. The other bowlers to dismiss Tendulkar on 'naught' are : New Zealand's Danny Morrison (c.Ian Smith, Christchurch, 1989-90), Zimbabwe's John Traicos (c.& b., Harare, 1992-93), South Africa's Brett Schultz (c. Dave Richardson, Port Elizabeth, 1992-93), Pakistan's Saqlain Mushtaq (c.Salim Malik, Chennai, 1998-99) and Shoaib Akhtar (b., Calcutta, 1998-99).
- Warne's wicket of Sadagoppan Ramesh was his 63rd as LBW. He now holds the Australian record for taking most wickets in this mode. Warne was earlier level with Dennis Lillee who had 66 LBW dismissals to his name from 70 Tests. Incidentally Pakistan's Wasim Akram holds the record of capturing most wickets in this fashion - 111 in 91 Tests.
- Damien Fleming (5-30) became the seventh Australian to capture five wickets in an innings in his first Test against India. Richie Benaud (7-72, Chennai, 1956-57) holds the best bowling figures in an innings for Australia on debut against India.
- Fleming's match figures (8-100) are the third best by an Australian on his first appearance against India after Ernie Toshack's 11-31 at Brisbane in 1947-48 and Graham McKenzie's 10-31 at Chennai in 1964-65. Two other Australians have taken 8 wickets in their first Test against India. They are :Richie Benaud (8-131 at Chennai in 1956-57) and Wayne Clark (8-147 at Brisbane in 1977- 78).
- India's second innings total (110) is its fourth lowest against Australia. The lowest, however, still remains 58 at Brisbane in 1947-48.
- It is also the lowest for India on this ground supplanting the previous lowest of 225 in 1991-92.
- India's total is also the second lowest by any visiting side on this ground after West Indies's 105 in 1951-52.
- It was Australia's fifth successive win.
- It was Australia's 255th win in 601 Test matches.
- It was Australia's 162nd win in 310 Test matches on home soil.
- It was India's 108th loss in 329 Test matches.
- It was India's 68th loss in 154 Test matches abroad.