India v Australia, 4th Test, Delhi, 3rd day March 24, 2013

Toss no advantage for Australia

Stats highlights of the fourth Test and the series, which India wrapped up comfortably 4-0

  • This is the first time India have won four Tests in a series. They've won three in a series on three occasions, two of which were clean sweeps at home - against England in 1992-93, and against Sri Lanka the following season.

  • For Australia, this is only their second clean-sweep defeat in a series, after their 4-0 rout in South Africa in 1969-70. This is the sixth time they've lost four or more Tests in a series, and the first such instance since the Ashes at home in 1978-79, when an Australian team depleted by the Kerry Packer exodus lost 5-1.

  • This is only the second time in Test history that a team has won four or more tosses in a series, and lost four or more Tests in the same series. The only previous such instance was in the Ashes series of 1978-79 mentioned above, when Australia won the toss in five out of six Tests, but lost the series 5-1.

  • India have won 12 Tests at the Feroz Shah Kotla, which is next only to the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai, where they've won 13. Of their last ten Tests here, India have won nine and drawn one. Their last defeat at this venue was in 1987, against West Indies.

  • Cheteshwar Pujara was not only one of the Indian heroes for the match and the series, but also for the entire season: he scored 857 runs in eight Tests 85.70, which puts him in 15th place in the all-time list for runs scored in a season for India. With a 600-run cut-off for a season, Pujara's average of 85.70 puts him in seventh place.

  • Pujara's unbeaten 82 in the fourth innings came off only 92 balls. His strike rate of 89.13 is the third-best for India in fourth-innings knocks of 75 or more.

  • The 104-run stand between Pujara and Virat Kohli is the tenth century stand for India for the second wicket in the fourth innings of a Test match.

  • R Ashwin's series haul of 29 wickets is the seventh-best for India in a Test series, and the best since Harbhajan Singh's 32 against Australia in 2001. The only Indian bowlers who've taken more wickets in a series are BS Chandrasekhar, Vinoo Mankad, Subhash Gupte, Kapil Dev, Harbhajan and Bishan Singh Bedi.

  • There were five five-fors for India in the series; only three times have there been more five-fors in a series for India.

  • Peter Siddle became the first No. 9 in Test history to score at least a half-century in each innings of a Test.* He scored 51 in the first innings and 50 in the second, top-scoring for Australia in each innings.

  • Glenn Maxwell became the first Australian to open the batting and bowling in the same Test since Percy Hornibrook in 1929. Hornibrook, a left-arm bowler who bowled some medium-pace and spin, opened the batting and bowling at the MCG Test against England. (Click here for the full list of players who've opened the batting and bowling in the same Test.)

  • For only the third time in their entire Test history, Australia opened the attack with two spinners. The last such instance for Australia was in Georgetown in 2003 against West Indies, when Stuart MacGill and Brad Hogg opened the bowling in West Indies' second innings.

*6:09pm, March 24: The piece had initially stated that Peter Siddle was the first batsman to score at least a half-century in each innings of a Test. This has been corrected.

S Rajesh is stats editor of ESPNcricinfo. Follow him on Twitter

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  • Aditya on March 26, 2013, 6:30 GMT

    @ RufusTFirefly - you have got it all figured out buddy, but spare a thought for a certain Irfan Pathan. He and Ashwin along can lend good balance in RSA.

  • JIGNESH on March 26, 2013, 0:50 GMT

    @ RufusTFirefly, If you compare the batting of Rahane and Jadeja, Jadeja is way better than Rahane, and Jadeja could bowl and has an ability to take wickets while Rahane doesn't have any ability to even bowl. Jadeja is an exceptional fielder too. Now Rahane always opened the innings in entire First class career, and today India have 2 great openers already, so that means India don't need Rahane because he is opener, can't bowl, and got foolishly failed in debut test, especially, in second innings when India need to stay on the crease and take single double, rather going for the sixes without reading the ball. Pujara's first class average is 10 runs lower than Rahane, but he always tries to read the ball and then go for the swing. M. Vijay and Dhavan averages only 45 and 46 in First class respectively but look how they played in this series. Playing against AUS is always tough for any team. That is the reason, all batsmen avoid to eye contact with their bowlers, but Rahane.........

  • Amith on March 25, 2013, 6:43 GMT

    @Mary and Mitty the way i see it this young man could be one of our better test prospects but he deserves a real crack at the spot i.e a full series What i like most about him is that he went to the Bulls(Even though i didn't want him leaving NSW) but improved his game there under Lehman and the results were there for everyone to see. And Red Kev i read about how Inevarity gave him the news as well and it was wrong, in fact him being dropped was wrong given he top scored with a 70 odd in a record 300 chase against South Africa a few games before and got run out at 40 the test before due to a bad call from his partner He has come back stronger. And make no mistake that the homework incident is much wider then these gang of 4, it impacts the entire team and these 4 were used to scare the rest of the squad.

  • Satish Chandar on March 25, 2013, 3:25 GMT

    the very fact was the biggest crown in the 4-0 win. India didn't even win a single toss and never batted first in any of the 4 tests which would have been considered as a big bonus in these conditions.

  • Rufus on March 25, 2013, 2:16 GMT

    India must take Varun Aaron, Awana and Yadav to South Africa. With Dhawan (once fit), Vijay and Pujara as the top 3 - that is a strong combination. I know Rahane struggled first test but he is a good prospect and could hold 4 if Sachin retires. Kohli at five. I do not think Jadeja would make an impact in South Africa - not on those wickets. Rahane could bat six if SRT tours. Dhoni at seven, Ashwin at eight and three fast bowlers, including B Kumar and the two form quicks, whomever they are at this point. last time I checked Awana was in great form.

  • Phil on March 25, 2013, 0:44 GMT

    The fact that winning the toss didn't help us win speaks really badly for our performances, i hope Clarke's run of toss wins doesn't end in the ashes. For the batting Hughes has question marks, Cowan needs to go on with his 30s and Watson needs to bowl plain and simple. Khawaja must become a permanent member of the team and be given a real crack at the batting spot as his mistreatment is not acceptable. As for the bowlers, we have heaps of potential. Siddle is ranked 5th in the ICC rankings, Pattinson and Starc are young and have plenty of room to improve, and Bird has been pretty decent. And Lyon isn't a bad spinner either (our best one since Warnie/MacGill retired). Only problem is, different pitches and different conditions that they players are not used to.

  • pankenstein on March 24, 2013, 23:20 GMT

    Nobody is lauding Dhoom Dhoni for 9 catches with 5 stumpings, the Wade-Haddin have 8 + 2 in contrast. You can see it via the 'Tour stas' link on Cricinfo. Thank you Capt. Dhoni!

  • Dummy4 on March 24, 2013, 23:17 GMT

    I find it weird when people talk about pitches & home conditions. In Australia when they lay a green-top for the quickies, umpteen number of times it is Warnies, McGill, Hoggie who tormented the Opposition, in spite of the greats in team like McGrath, Lee, Gillepsie, etc. Even here in India, there were sessions where Pattison & Siddle were really bowling hostile which had Indians in trouble. The Quality of a good bowler lies in his ability to perform under any condition. Aussies were on even keel with Indians in the spin department however their selection was wrong. In this test Glen Maxwell was given bowling BY CHANCE in the first Innings before Watson realized his value. Had the Aussies selected the trio by including Doherty with Lyon & Maxwell things would have been quote tough, specially with India batting 4th. It is the MANNER (Quality) with which some of the Indian Batsmen played which made the difference in the outcome. It was the BATTINg which makes the difference away & home.

  • pankenstein on March 24, 2013, 23:14 GMT

    What was that statistic about if 'Jadu' Jadeja takes 3 or more wickets in the 4th test then he will be the only????

  • JIGNESH on March 24, 2013, 23:09 GMT

    I remember, last time when Indian team was in Australia where India suffered 4-0 white wash. In that series, in one of those matches, Warner made 173 runs, and the "" wrote an article about Warner giving the topic name as "What kind of Monster Warner Is". It wasn't warner's debut test. However, for Shikhar Dhavan, the Mohali test was a debut for him, and he blasted 187 runs with just 175 balls and created a world record of fastest century on debut, but I haven't seen any strong article about Shikhar's performance like they wrote about Warner's performance.

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