India v West Indies, 2nd Test, Mumbai, 3rd day November 16, 2013

Shortest Tests and a ten-for by a left-arm spinner

Shiva Jayaraman
Statistical highlights from the third day's play of the second Test between India and West Indies in Mumbai

  • Pragyan Ojha's ten-wicket haul was the first of his Test career. He is the first left-arm spinner since Venkatapathy Raju, who took 11 for 125 against Sri Lanka in 1994, to take a ten-wicket haul for India. He is also the seventh left-arm spinner from India to take a ten-wicket haul for the match. This was the 19th occasion of an Indian bowler taking two five-fors in a Test. Harbhajan Singh has taken two five-fors in a match three times in his career, the most by an Indian bowler.

  • This was the second-shortest India Test, in terms of the number of overs bowled, that ended with a result. A total of 216.2 overs were bowled in this Test, which were the second lowest after the 202.1 overs that were bowled at the same venue in the Test against Australia in 2004. Click here for a list of the shortest Tests played that ended in a result.

  • Ashwin averaged 77.00 with the bat and 19.33 with the ball this series. The difference of 57.67 between his batting and bowling averages in this series was the third-highest ever among India players who have scored 100-plus runs and taken ten or more wicket in a series. Ashwin has now hit a hundred and taken ten or more wickets in a series, twice. This was only the 11th such instance for India.

  • This was one of West Indies' worst performances in a series. Their batsmen averaged 19.27, which was the third-lowest ever in their history. Their bowlers averaged 47.40, which was the fifteenth-highest ever they have averaged in a series. The difference of 28.13 between their bowling average and their batting average was the third-highest ever in a series, which is an indication of how ordinary their collective performance was. Their worst collective-performance came in the series against England in 2009 when they averaged 61.12 with the ball and 22.35 with the bat - a difference of 38.77.

  • Shivnarine Chanderpaul's highest score from four innings in this series was 41. The last time Chanderpaul failed to hit a fifty-plus score from four or more innings in a series was against England in 2009. This was his first series against India in which he played at least four innings without a fifty-plus score. His series average of 44.33 was his third-lowest against India as well.

  • Shane Shillingford's 11 wickets in this series were the third-highest ever by a visiting spinner in India from two matches, or less, in a series. Saqlain Mushtaq's 20 wickets in 1998-99 are the highest by a visiting spinner from two matches in a series in India.

  • This was MS Dhoni's ninth win as captain by an innings. He has overtaken Mohammad Azharuddin as the India captain with most win by an innings. Dhoni had equalled Azharuddin's record in the last match at Kolkata. Sourav Ganguly won seven Tests by an innings as captain. This was also Dhoni's 49th Test as captain, equalling Ganguly's record for captaining India in most Tests.

Shiva Jayaraman is sub-editor (stats) at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Dummy4 on November 18, 2013, 0:21 GMT

    The Little Master..The Next Don..The Art of Batting...The Great Sportsman....The Great Human Being...The God...Very Very Very Thank you for the 24 years of entertainment which made the nation and us so proud. Our childhood became more joyful and filled with full of cherished moments ONLY because of you. We miss you and still not able believe that the little master's bat is going to be rested. I am writing this comment with tears......SACHIN...SACHIN....

  • RAJARAMAN on November 17, 2013, 17:02 GMT

    @Sensational Smit ... Nothing much separates Ohja and Ashwin as far as bowling is concerned ... MSD will prefer Ashwin more than Ohja in SA simply because we need more people who can bat well ... sensible but also, in some grounds in SA, India may go with 4 pace option ... hence, Ohja has to wait for his chances ... no other way

  • Surya on November 17, 2013, 16:04 GMT

    @ Laly Gill - Do you have any idea how many tests did VJ play out side subcontinent and his performance over a period of time on that soil. Its time to back our players and support them to evolve we as a better team.

  • Sumit on November 17, 2013, 15:54 GMT

    Well done India ... Congrats on winning the match Now, Ojha has taken 10 wks haul but I just wonder friends with India going to play the next 15 tests in overseas conditions and Dhoni's favourite spinner Ravi Ashwin in team [ as only 1 spinner will get chance] when is Ojha going to get another chance to play? will he have to wait for India to play back in home conditions?? Tough times ahead guys what do u think??

  • Dummy4 on November 17, 2013, 15:35 GMT

    m vijay has never performed outside of india he only performs in indian conditions i think they should give badrinath a chance instead o m vojay

  • Rashmi on November 17, 2013, 13:24 GMT

    @icfa : M. Vijay will open against SA... Kohli might take the No. 4 position while Rohit might bat at 5.... Jadeja will take his usual position which makes Dhoni comfortable.

  • Dummy4 on November 17, 2013, 11:52 GMT

    Pujara Kohli Rohit set to be the next gen backbone of Indian middle order. Glad they all made fine starts with their careers. Ability to handle short pitched stuff makes them that much more relaiable for facinf Steyns and Morkels.

  • Ranjith on November 17, 2013, 6:51 GMT

    SRT should continue to be involved in Indian cricket in some form or the other post his retirement. Either as a mentor or on the selection committee...the man as immense experience.

  • love on November 17, 2013, 5:53 GMT

    I think,Vijay is doing good.There are not so many expectations from Indian batsmen in SA as they are inexperienced in alien conditions only thing we can expect is 100% efforts from the side.A lot will depend on pace bowlers.Bhuvi and Shami are doing good,if umesh can join the party,I think we can give it back to the SA batsmen.

  • Dummy4 on November 17, 2013, 5:29 GMT

    @icfa: In the series prior to this against Australia, Vijay was the highest scorer from either side, with two big hundreds. His scores against WI in the two innings he played, though not earth shattering, were hardly failures. The call for his removal therefore seem to have one of two reasons: a confusion over ODI and Test performances, or a north-south bias.

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