India v West Indies, 1st Test, Kolkata, 3rd day November 8, 2013

Five-for on debut, and fifth consecutive Test win for India

Shiva Jayaraman
Stats highlights from India's fifth consecutive Test-win, at the Eden Gardens

  • Mohammed Shami's bowling in this match was a rare high in the annals of fast-bowling performances for India at home. His bowling figures for the match are the fourth-best by an India fast-bowler at home and the best since Javagal Srinath took 13 for 132 against Pakistan at the Eden Gardens in 1999. Before that, a better bowling performance than Shami's by an India fast bowler came way back in 1983 when Kapil Dev took 10 for 135 against West Indies in Ahmedabad in 1983.

  • Shami's bowling figures for the match are the best by an India fast-bowler on debut and the second-best by an India bowler on debut.

  • Shami's five-wicket haul was only the third by an India fast-bowler on debut in Tests. Including him, only eight India bowlers have taken a five-for (or more) on debut in Tests.

  • This is the first time that India have won five Tests in a row. This sequence started for them with the Test in Chennai against Australia earlier this year. Before this, India have had two sequences of four consecutive wins - against Sri Lanka and Bangladesh in 2009-10 and against England and Zimbabwe in 1993.

  • Rohit Sharma's 177 in India's first innings beat Doug Walters' 155 against England in Brisbane in 1965, which was the previous highest by a No. 6 batsman on debut. Rohit fell ten runs short of Shikhar Dhawan's 187 against Australia in Mohali, which is the highest score by an India batsman on debut.

  • Rohit is only the fifth India player to win the Man-of-the-Match award on Test debut and the second India player this year after Shikhar Dhawan. Click here for a list of players who have won Man-of-the-Match award on debut in Tests.

  • Shane Shillingford's bowling figures of 6 for 167 in India's first innings are the second-best at the Eden Gardens in Tests by a visiting spinner. Richie Benaud's 6 for 52 in 1956 are the best by a visiting spinner at the Eden Gardens. Shillingford's figures are also the best by a West Indies spinner at this venue and only the second instance of a West Indies spinner taking a five-wicket haul (or more) at the venue.

  • This was Ashwin's second hundred in Tests. Ashwin now averages 41.11 in Tests and has scored 690 runs at an average of 40.58 batting at No. 8. MS Dhoni and Mahmudullah are the only other batsmen to have scored 500 or more runs at an average of 40 or more in Tests at No. 8.

  • Ashwin continued his good all-round form against West Indies in this Test. He has now hit a hundred and taken five wickets for the match against them in consecutive Tests. He had hit a hundred and taken nine wickets the last time India played against West Indies in Mumbai in 2011. Only four other India players have hit a hundred and taken five or more wickets for the match. Ashwin's the only one to do it twice.

  • The 280-run partnership between Rohit and R Ashwin is India's highest in Tests for the seventh wicket, beating the unbeaten 259-run partnership between VVS Laxman and MS Dhoni against South Africa at the same venue in 2010. This was also the second-highest partnership for India against West Indies for any wicket in Tests. The Eden Gardens has clearly been a productive venue for India against West Indies as far as partnerships are concerned. India's highest partnership against them, an unbeaten 344 between Sunil Gavaskar and Dilip Vengsarkar, also came here in 1978. Also, four of the top six partnerships for India, against West Indies, have come at the Eden Gardens.

  • There was hardly any resistance with the bat from West Indies' lower middle-order and tail in this match - the 154 runs that West Indies added for their final seven wickets wickets in the match are their lowest ever against India in Tests.

  • This was Dhoni's eighth win in Tests by a margin of an innings as captain. He has equalled Mohammad Azharuddin's record for most wins by an innings in Tests by an India captain. Sourav Ganguly is next in that list with seven wins. With this match, Dhoni has captained India in 48 Tests and is now second in the list of players to have captained India in most Tests. Only Sourav Ganguly (49) has captained India in more Tests than Dhoni.

Shiva Jayaraman is sub-editor (stats) at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Gaurav on November 11, 2013, 23:40 GMT

    Once Sachin retires, Kohli, Rohit and Dhoni should move one position up in the batting order and play Ravinder Jadeja at number 7 followed by Ashwin at 8. That will allow India to play with 3 seamers and 2 spinners and give the team a very balanced look.

  • Manesh on November 11, 2013, 8:07 GMT

    Congrats to Shami. It is a very good achievement considering the fact that Indian pitches only supports spinners. Guess what he can do in fast pitches. He will destroy SA in SA. A good combination with Umesh and Bhuvi.

  • Dummy4 on November 10, 2013, 17:03 GMT

    ashwins aggregate is 740 runs and not 690.... please update it..

  • Dummy4 on November 10, 2013, 15:48 GMT

    We india want Ashwin offspinner.... and not all rounder

  • Dummy4 on November 10, 2013, 13:17 GMT

    Ashwin's probably the most valuable player in the test team at the moment, alongside Dhoni. His stats are astounding. If he maintains consistency he can retire with 300-400 wickets and a batting average in the mid-30s, on par or even better than Botham & Kapil Dev. If he bats at no.7, it will allow India to play four seamers overseas (means that Kohli, Rohit & Dhoni move up one place after Sachin retires). His back foot play suggests he can do well on more bouncy tracks.

  • Dummy4 on November 10, 2013, 6:30 GMT

    Ashwin's all round performance is in no way second to Rohit's batting performance. Therefore, both Rohit and Ashwin should have been jointly awarded the MoM title.

  • vas on November 9, 2013, 15:12 GMT

    Swann played 5 tests( 10innings) in Australia and took 15 wickets. Ashwin played 3tests (5 innings) in Australia (his only away series) and took 9 wickets. On average both took 3wickets/ match. Even murali took 12 wickets in 5 matches(7innings) he played in Australia. Nothing much to seperate them. Ashwin can only get better by playing more in alien conditions.

  • Subramani on November 9, 2013, 8:24 GMT

    I want to mention that Ashwin has got all the tricks and the control. He can be accurate and has the flight and drift. It is just that he prefers to bowl all his variations when he can be more effective by sticking to accuracy,flight and drift like Graeme Swann.

  • sarojini on November 8, 2013, 20:35 GMT

    Questioning has to be done on all non-performing players, like not only targeting whom they don't like and supporting their favorites even they don't perform! not on performing players who miss few and backing up non-performing players believing they will perform! ashwin did not play well only in England test..that too he did not take like 5wkts every inning ..even though he took few wkts..he was bashed saying ohja was better. Always questioning a certain player only leads to biasness..not keeping them on their toes. players are kept on toes only by the selectors..not by people like us!very few players are un-necessarily recent ODI series no bowler was impressive..then why to point only ashwin? except BK everyone went for runs..that too at later stage no one can deny it! if a player who is in indian record book and in currently player ranking list has to be questioned every series.then all players in indian team should be questioned by that logic.

  • Sanjay on November 8, 2013, 19:03 GMT

    We need to keep questioning players such as Ashwin to keep them on their toes! Besides, Ashwin in Indian conditions is a genuine top class player but overseas, he's got plenty of room for improvement. This is only natural being a primary spin bowler but guys like Graeme Swann have show that even an off spinner can shine on non helpful wickets.

    Fielding is an area where Ashwin is poor. With hard work, he can improve here, this includes his running between the wickets. I've always believed in rotation, we don't see it in Indian cricket where some of our guys think they have a God given right to be in the team ALL THE TIME. In the recent ODI series, Ashwin wasn't impressive so it's great to see him bounce back in the Tests. Well Done to him.

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