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