The third Test in Ahmedabad lasted just 140.2 overs - or 842 balls - in all. That puts it seventh on the list of the briefest completed Test matches: it's the shortest since 1934-35, when England beat West Indies on a rain-affected pitch in Bridgetown, in a match that lasted only 112 overs (672 balls).
Rather surprisingly perhaps, that feat by India's Axar Patel, who took a wicket with his first delivery in both innings of the recent two-day Test in Ahmedabad, appears to have happened only once before (full details are not available for all Tests, but there don't seem to be many other candidates). The other man known to have done it was also an Indian left-arm bowler: Zaheer Khan dismissed the Bangladesh opener Javed Omar for a king pair in Mirpur in May 2007, striking with the first ball of both the first innings and the follow-on.
Axar Patel is one of five bowlers who took 18 wickets in their first two Tests: the others were John Ferris and Clarrie Grimmett of Australia, Alf Valentine of West Indies, and Ajantha Mendis of Sri Lanka. Five others took more: Sydney Barnes of England and Bangladesh's Mehidy Hasan had 19, Bob Massie of Australia 21 and England's Alec Bedser 22, while the Indian legspinner Narendra Hirwani led the way with 24 wickets after two Tests.
There have been only three statistically better bowling analyses by England captains in Tests than Joe Root's 5 for 8 in Ahmedabad last week. Bob Willis claimed 6 for 101 against India at Lord's in 1982, while Sussex's Arthur Gilligan had phenomenal figures of 6 for 7 as South Africa were bowled out for 30 at Edgbaston in 1924. But the best bowling figures of all by an England captain remain Gubby Allen's 7 for 80 against India at The Oval in 1936.
There is only one player who waited longer for his first Test six than Ishant Sharma, who celebrated his 100th cap in Ahmedabad by finally clearing the ropes: Glenn McGrath of Australia collected his first (and only) six in his 102nd Test. The most matches in a complete career without a single six is 86, by England's Derek Underwood, and the most Test runs without one is 3835, by another England player, Jonathan Trott. For that list, click here.
Steven Lynch is the editor of the updated edition of Wisden on the Ashes