The big-hitting Deepak "Hurricane" Hooda played eight one-day internationals and nine T20Is for India, finishing on the winning side each time, before finally tasting defeat at the weekend, against Pakistan in the Asia Cup in Dubai. Hooda did indeed make a record start to any international career: the Romanian players Satvik Nadigotla and Shantanu Vashisht began with 15 and 13 wins respectively (all in T20Is), while South Africa's David Miller started with 13, and Collis King 12 for West Indies.
Before the third Test at The Oval, South Africa had won 23 and lost 20 of their previous 43 Test matches, with no draws. That's easily a record for positive results, beating 26 by Zimbabwe between 2004-05 and 2017-18 (mostly defeats) and 23 by Australia between 1999-2000 and 2001 (mostly wins). England (1884-85 to 1891-92), Australia (2001-02 to 2003-04) and Pakistan (2015-16 to 2018) all had sequences of 22 Test matches without a draw.
The successive victories by South Africa at Lord's and England at Old Trafford this summer provided only the sixth instance of countries exchanging innings wins in the same series. The first came in Pakistan's first two Tests, in 1952-53: India won by an innings and 70 runs in Delhi, but Pakistan turned the tables in the second Test with victory by an innings and 43 in Lucknow.
The match you're talking about was the third of the recent series in Harare: Zimbabwe lost by 13 runs to India despite Sikandar Raza scoring 115 and Brad Evans taking 5 for 54.
The short answer is no: the long-ago England pair of Sydney Barnes and George Lohmann still share the record for most Test wickets on one ground away from home, Barnes in Melbourne and Lohmann in Sydney. Next comes Shane Warne, with 32 at The Oval. Warne also took 29 at Trent Bridge, a number equalled by England's Angus Fraser in Port-of-Spain. For the list, click here.
Steven Lynch is the editor of the updated edition of Wisden on the Ashes