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
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  • 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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  • 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....

  • ramli 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

  • stadala 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.

  • Sensational_Smit 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??

  • 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

  • Rohit... 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.

  • 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.

  • rjpaul 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.

  • The-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.

  • 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.

  • 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....

  • ramli 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

  • stadala 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.

  • Sensational_Smit 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??

  • 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

  • Rohit... 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.

  • 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.

  • rjpaul 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.

  • The-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.

  • 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.

  • Manu_reddy on November 17, 2013, 1:55 GMT

    Am saying good bye to god with tears in my eyes,i dont know y they r coming out n it may b because of emotional bonding between me n u so thanku master for providing all d entertainment for 24 years...cricket will never b same without u...thank u n have a nice life..

  • on November 17, 2013, 1:49 GMT

    India looked totally lethal during that series. All the newer players appear to be really talented and Shami is a fantastic pace bowling find who will do very well outside India. The only weakness is their traditional one of fast bowling. If India finds another fast bowler who can complement Shami there will be nothing stopping them from taking the #1 Test Team ranking. The series versus SA should be great viewing!

  • crikkfan on November 17, 2013, 0:30 GMT

    Just in the previous test series against Aus this spring - Vijay scored 2 centuries in 4 tests, people want him axed? - they do have a short memory or t20/odi form is influencing the opinion - which is baseless.

  • TRAM on November 16, 2013, 23:20 GMT

    @icfa, is it some kind of fashion to say "M.Vijay should be dropped"...? You know unfortunately, to drop a player from the team, there should be cricketing reason.

  • on November 16, 2013, 21:58 GMT

    I would agree that the bowler's performances, as is the norm, was overlooked. Ashwin put up a top show with both bat and ball, but for me even better were Ojha (who was selected only because Jadeja was injured, but rose to the task in fine fashion) and Shami (who bowled magnificently on tracks which afforded him little). The Man-of-the-Series award, I don't grudge Rohit. Batting in this series, where it was all about Tendulkar, couldn't have been easy. Rohit's was a debut too, and a much delayed one, so comes with added pressure. Had he failed - Rahane and others were waiting to pounce on the spot, and critics would tear into him. His debut innings turned an even position into an impregnable one. Must remember India were five down when he came. But his second century was straight out of VVS Laxman book, and stood out for his ability to farm strike and keep scoring. The bowling wasn't special, but Rohit was ..

  • on November 16, 2013, 20:18 GMT

    My team ould probably be Shikhar_Vijay_Pujara_Kohli_Roht_Dhoni_Ashwin_Jadeja/Okha_Bhuvi_Shami_Left arm Pacer Zaher/Jaydev/Rp ......

  • androyuvi on November 16, 2013, 18:12 GMT

    @icfa, can you please justify why M.Vijay has to be dropped? As I see, he scored better than Dhawan in both the innings. And you cant just replace a opener with middle order batsmen(Rohit & Rahane). Unless a Sehwag or a Gambhir or a Mukund threatens, Vijay's place is safe.

  • OttawaRocks on November 16, 2013, 18:09 GMT

    Would have been nice if we could have played WI 5 or 6 times. In the 1970s and 80s, the Windies racked up on wins against our weak Indian test team. Consequently, India's worst win-loss record of any test team is against the Windies, at 16 wins and 30 losses. Would you believe that the beginning of 2002, it was even worse, at just 8-30? My point is we should be playing longer series against all test playing nations whether weak or strong and clearly, like others have done to us, we should be taking advantage of win opportunities against teams like the Windies. This could have been a much better story overall with Sachin getting to tour the country and more test cricket at home for all of us.

  • crick_sucks on November 16, 2013, 17:49 GMT

    I think M.Vijay should be dropped from the test team and Rohit should open in his place. Bring in jadeja for Vijay and Rahane for Tendulkar. That should be the XI for SA series.

  • androyuvi on November 16, 2013, 17:43 GMT

    I would've chosen Ashwin for Man of the series. The guy is the top wicket taker and second highest run scorer. Battin avg - 77, Bowling avg - 19. To me, he rightly deserves the Man of the Series award. As much as Rohit, Ashwin deserves too to say the least!

  • ketaann on November 16, 2013, 17:20 GMT

    man of series should given to ashwin for his all rounder effort. But it is not the first instance of batman was chosen ahead of bowler...how shameful

  • on November 16, 2013, 15:19 GMT

    ashwin is currently at no.5 and ojha is at no. 8 in bowlers ranking. the spin partners reminding me of anil kumble and harbhajan,who were considered to be the best spin partners some years ago. i think both the youngsters are in right path completeing 100s of wickets each in a quick time. If rohit will bat in top order in tests i think he has the ability to score double hundreds and triple hundreds. according to me he should play at no.4.

  • on November 16, 2013, 15:02 GMT

    Ojha deserved the Man of the Series

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  • on November 16, 2013, 15:02 GMT

    Ojha deserved the Man of the Series

  • on November 16, 2013, 15:19 GMT

    ashwin is currently at no.5 and ojha is at no. 8 in bowlers ranking. the spin partners reminding me of anil kumble and harbhajan,who were considered to be the best spin partners some years ago. i think both the youngsters are in right path completeing 100s of wickets each in a quick time. If rohit will bat in top order in tests i think he has the ability to score double hundreds and triple hundreds. according to me he should play at no.4.

  • ketaann on November 16, 2013, 17:20 GMT

    man of series should given to ashwin for his all rounder effort. But it is not the first instance of batman was chosen ahead of bowler...how shameful

  • androyuvi on November 16, 2013, 17:43 GMT

    I would've chosen Ashwin for Man of the series. The guy is the top wicket taker and second highest run scorer. Battin avg - 77, Bowling avg - 19. To me, he rightly deserves the Man of the Series award. As much as Rohit, Ashwin deserves too to say the least!

  • crick_sucks on November 16, 2013, 17:49 GMT

    I think M.Vijay should be dropped from the test team and Rohit should open in his place. Bring in jadeja for Vijay and Rahane for Tendulkar. That should be the XI for SA series.

  • OttawaRocks on November 16, 2013, 18:09 GMT

    Would have been nice if we could have played WI 5 or 6 times. In the 1970s and 80s, the Windies racked up on wins against our weak Indian test team. Consequently, India's worst win-loss record of any test team is against the Windies, at 16 wins and 30 losses. Would you believe that the beginning of 2002, it was even worse, at just 8-30? My point is we should be playing longer series against all test playing nations whether weak or strong and clearly, like others have done to us, we should be taking advantage of win opportunities against teams like the Windies. This could have been a much better story overall with Sachin getting to tour the country and more test cricket at home for all of us.

  • androyuvi on November 16, 2013, 18:12 GMT

    @icfa, can you please justify why M.Vijay has to be dropped? As I see, he scored better than Dhawan in both the innings. And you cant just replace a opener with middle order batsmen(Rohit & Rahane). Unless a Sehwag or a Gambhir or a Mukund threatens, Vijay's place is safe.

  • on November 16, 2013, 20:18 GMT

    My team ould probably be Shikhar_Vijay_Pujara_Kohli_Roht_Dhoni_Ashwin_Jadeja/Okha_Bhuvi_Shami_Left arm Pacer Zaher/Jaydev/Rp ......

  • on November 16, 2013, 21:58 GMT

    I would agree that the bowler's performances, as is the norm, was overlooked. Ashwin put up a top show with both bat and ball, but for me even better were Ojha (who was selected only because Jadeja was injured, but rose to the task in fine fashion) and Shami (who bowled magnificently on tracks which afforded him little). The Man-of-the-Series award, I don't grudge Rohit. Batting in this series, where it was all about Tendulkar, couldn't have been easy. Rohit's was a debut too, and a much delayed one, so comes with added pressure. Had he failed - Rahane and others were waiting to pounce on the spot, and critics would tear into him. His debut innings turned an even position into an impregnable one. Must remember India were five down when he came. But his second century was straight out of VVS Laxman book, and stood out for his ability to farm strike and keep scoring. The bowling wasn't special, but Rohit was ..

  • TRAM on November 16, 2013, 23:20 GMT

    @icfa, is it some kind of fashion to say "M.Vijay should be dropped"...? You know unfortunately, to drop a player from the team, there should be cricketing reason.