India v Australia, 1st Test, Chennai, 4th day

Henriques' unique feat

Moises Henriques achieved the rare distinction of scoring fifties in each innings of his debut Test, but India still remained on course for a comprehensive win. Here are highlights from the fourth day

S Rajesh

February 25, 2013

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Bhuvneshwar Kumar and MS Dhoni were in a century stand, India v Australia, 1st Test, Chennai, 3rd day, February 24, 2013
The 140-run stand between MS Dhoni and Bhuvneshwar Kumar is the highest for the ninth wicket in Tests between Australia and India © BCCI

  • Moises Henriques is only the fifth Australian to score at least a half-century in each innings of his debut Test. The last Australian to do so was Bruce Laird, against West Indies in 1979. West Indies' bowling attack in that match included Andy Roberts, Michael Holding, Joel Garner and Colin Croft. Laird played 20 more Tests, but never topped the 92 he scored in his first Test innings.

  • Henriques is also the first batsman to score 60 or more in each innings on Test debut when batting at No.7 or lower. Only four batsmen have scored two 50s on debut from those positions. Pakistan's Azhar Mahmood is the only batsman to score a century and a half-century on debut when batting at No.7 or lower - he was unbeaten on 128 and 50 against South Africa in Rawalpindi in 1997.

  • MS Dhoni's 224 is the third-highest by a wicketkeeper in Tests, but the highest for an Indian wicketkeeper, and by wicketkeepers against Australia. It's the third double by a wicketkeeper in Tests when batting at No.6 or lower: Adam Gilchrist had scored an unbeaten 204 against South Africa in 2002, while the first wicketkeeper to do so was Pakistan's Imtiaz Ahmed, who scored 209 against New Zealand way back in 1955.

  • R Ashwin's match haul of 12 for 193 is his second haul of 12 in a Test. He'd taken 12 for 85 against New Zealand last year.

  • Seven of Ashwin's 12 wickets in this match have been of left-handers, at a cost of 73 runs (average of 10.42). Against right-handers, he has taken 5 for 120 in the Test (average of 24). Over his entire Test career, Ashwin averages 37.41 against right-handers, and 21.52 against left-handers.

  • Bhuvneshwar Kumar's 38 is the highest score by an Indian No.10 batsman on Test debut. Overall, though, it only comes in at No.19.

  • The 140-run stand between Dhoni and Bhuvneshwar is India's third-highest for the ninth wicket, and their best against Australia. It's also the highest for the ninth wicket in all Tests between India and Australia, marginally bettering the 133-run stand between Steve Waugh and Jason Gillespie in Kolkata in 2001.

  • The 57-run unbeaten partnership between Henriques and Nathan Lyon is Australia's second-best for the tenth wicket in Tests against India.

  • James Pattinson's 5 for 96 are the third-best figures by an Australian fast bowler in India in the last decade, after Gillespie's 5 for 56 in Nagpur in 2004, and Mitchell Johnson's 5 for 64 in Mohali in 2010.

  • Lyon conceded 215 runs in India's first innings, which equals the record for most runs conceded by an Australian bowler in a Test innings in India. However, while Jason Krejza managed to take eight wickets while conceding so many runs in Nagpur in 2008, Lyon took only three.

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Posted by BobCo on (February 26, 2013, 17:44 GMT)

@birdiesix: the 2nd point shows Henriques did achieve something unique. Bit harsh on Kumar... "only comes in at No.19". Take out that partnership, and you've got a pretty different game....

Posted by   on (February 26, 2013, 17:01 GMT)

@btron3000 Javed Mianded 188 runs and 1 wkt, Azhar Mahmood-178 runs and 2 wkts, Scot Styris 176 runs and 2 wkts(176,2), WG Grace(161,3), Walter(155,2) have more runs combined then Moises Henriques(149,1) on debut while taking a wicket at least. You can get that details here;debut_or_last=1;filter=advanced;orderby=runs;qualmin1=1;qualval1=wickets;template=results;type=allround;view=match

Posted by   on (February 26, 2013, 14:48 GMT)

@Kobus Prinsloo,Ashwin has played only 13tests till date and just 3tests outside india(in aus) taking 9wickets at 67 so he's still on a learning curve,hope he improves sooner than later since india is very short of a strike bowler

Posted by birdiesix on (February 26, 2013, 14:21 GMT)

The feat is not unique. It is rare as the sub-heading suggests. "Unique" means that it has never been done by anyone.

Posted by Kohli--The_Messi_of_Cricket on (February 26, 2013, 13:32 GMT)

@Kobus Prinsloo - A better question would be "How many matches has Ashwin played outside the subcontinent?" The answer to your question is 9 wickets in 3 Tests (all 3 Tests in Australia)

Posted by ravikb on (February 26, 2013, 11:07 GMT)

@Henrik Lovén, anyone who played or watched cricket will tell you playing away spin is more difficult than incoming spin. This means left handed batsmen find off spin more difficult where as right handed batsmen find leg spin and left arm spin more difficult to handle.

Posted by DevilInside on (February 26, 2013, 10:59 GMT)

@write2nix, Henriques feat is unique bcoz Aus lost in-spite of his feat, while in the previous 4 cases (half century in both innings on debut), Aus won or drew the matches.

Posted by Ajmal_Chucker on (February 26, 2013, 10:37 GMT)

"Bhuvneshwar Kumar's 38 is the highest score by an Indian No.10 batsman on Test debut" - That's impressive? I heard someone scored a debut 100 (113) at number 10 last year :)

Posted by srikanths on (February 26, 2013, 9:59 GMT)

Henrik Lovein,

I thought the general opinion expressed by experts is that left handers find facing off spin more difficult, in fact selectors plump for off spine over leg spin , sometimes even compromising on quality when the opposition has more left handers.Away going spin is more difficult than incoming spin. Even in convetional swing people tend to edge to splis outswing and get an inside edge on to pads against in swing. Of course the story line changes when there is reverse swing , which changes swing, away in air and cominn in off the picth and other way around depending on the shiny/roughed up side face

Posted by   on (February 26, 2013, 9:35 GMT)

Ashwin's effectiveness against left-handers is a bit surprising as he's an "offie". The trend otherwise seems to be that off-break bowlers are more effective against right-handers while left-handed batsmen are more troubled by left-handed bowlers and right arm leg-spin. It's not surprising that in the days before doosras etc, off spinners were thirteen-a-dozen as the left handed batsman was a rarity between, say, 1960 and 1990. With ever-increasing numbers of left-handers, genuine or by choice, no wonder there's been an upswing in leg spin (and left arm spin bowling).

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