Stats Analysis

India record 30 wins in 50 Tests under Virat Kohli

India beat Australia's record of the most consecutive Test series wins at home

Bharath Seervi
11 - Number of consecutive Test series wins for India at home, which is now the longest streak for any side. The previous best was ten, with Australia achieving it twice: 1994 to 2001 and then between 2004 and 2008. India's success streak began with the 4-0 win in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy in 2012-13.
0 - Bigger Test wins for India against South Africa than the victory by an innings and 137 runs in Pune. The previous biggest, and the only innings win before, was by an innings and 57 runs at Eden Gardens in 2009-10. This was the second innings defeat for South Africa in this decade and both have come against India.
30 - Wins for India under Virat Kohli's captaincy, in 50 Tests. Only two captains have had more wins than Kohli in their first 50 Tests when leading. Steve Waugh had won 37 Tests while Ricky Ponting won 35. Kohli has 17 wins in 23 home games and 13 in 27 away Tests.
54.08 - The difference in averages of fast bowlers of India and South Africa in this series. While India's quicks have so far averaged 21.75, the visitors' fast bowlers have gone at 75.84 runs per wicket. Opposition quick bowlers have never outplayed South Africa's by this big a margin in any series since their readmission. The previous highest difference in averages was 24.71 in the 2001-02 series in Australia.
Highest difference in averages of fast bowlers in a series since SA's readmission
 Series  Mat  Wkts  Ave  SR  Wkts  Ave  SR  Ave Diff
 Freedom Trophy (South Africa in India), 2019/20  2  6  75.83  152.00  16  21.75  43.00  54.08
 South Africa in Australia Test Series, 2001/02  3  23  53.21  95.40  30  28.50  63.20  24.71
 South Africa in Sri Lanka Test Series, 2004  2  22  38.00  70.20  13  20.00  50.70  18.00
 Australia in South Africa Test Series, 2013/14  3  32  41.84  69.80  42  27.42  55.40  14.42
 Australia in South Africa Test Series, 2001/02  3  31  45.06  64.00  30  32.03  60.90  13.03
35.80 - Average of South Africa's bottom five partnerships in this series, including five 50-plus stands. In contrast, the top five wickets have averaged just 18.50 with a single partnership of over 50. The first five partnerships have lasted for an average of 39 balls per stand while the last five wickets have faced over 71 balls per stand. India's top five wickets averaged a staggering 97.14 with five century stands.
387 - Balls faced by Keshav Maharaj and Vernon Philander in their two partnerships in this Test - 109 off 259 in the first innings and 56 off 128 in the second. It is the second most by a South Africa pair for the last five wickets in any Test. Their two partnerships shared over 37% of all the deliveries faced by South Africa partnerships in this Test.
South Africa's partnerships in this series
Inns Runs Ave Overs BpP 100s 50s
 First 5 wkts  20  370  18.50  130  39.00  1  0
 Last 5 wkts  20  716  35.80  238.1  71.45  2  3
*BpP - Balls per partnership
9.83 - Umesh Yadav's bowling average in this Test, having picked six wickets for 59 runs. Only three times before has an India fast bowler had a better average in a home Test while picking six or more wickets: Madan Lal's 7.83 v England at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai (1981), Ishant Sharma's 8.28 v New Zealand in Nagpur (2010), and Javagal Srinath's 8.50 v South Africa in Ahmedabad (1996).

Bharath Seervi is stats sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo @SeerviBharath