Melbourne: Here are the statistical highlights of the third day’s play between India and Australia in the fourth Test in Adelaide.
# Virat Kohli (116) has posted his career-best innings in Tests, bettering the 75 against Australia at Perth.
# Kohli has become the first Indian player to post a hundred in the present series, obliterating the previous highest of 83 by Gautam Gambhir at SCG.
# Virat Kohli (44 & 75 at Perth and 116 at Adelaide) has top-scored in three successive innings for India.
# Kohli has registered his second successive fifty-plus innings against Australia. In the 2011-12 Mumbai Test against West Indies, he had made 52 & 63.
# Kohli is the top run-getter for India in the series – 278 at an average of 39.71. Tendulkar (274 at 39.14) has the next best tally in the present series.
# Kohli has become the tenth Indian player to post a hundred at Adelaide, joining Vijay Hazare (2), Dattu Phadkar, Sunil Gavaskar, Mohammad Azharuddin, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman, Sandeep Patil and Virender Sehwag.
# Gautam Gambhir (34) took his series aggregate to 178 in seven innings at an average of 25.42, including a fifty.
# Thanks to his poor performance in the series, Gambhir’s overseas average fell below 50 (48.75) – 1804 runs in 22 Tests, including four hundreds and ten fifties.
# After an excellent performance in 2008 (ave.70.87) and 2009 (ave.90.87), Gambhir has averaged 32.75 in 2010 and 31.33 in 2011. He is averaging 32.40 in 2012.
# Peter Siddle took his tally of wickets to 22 at an average of 17.36 in the present Test series – his best performance in a Test series, eclipsing his performance against England in 2009 – 20 wickets at an average of 30.80 in five Tests.
# Siddle (5/49) has produced his first five-wicket haul against India – his fifth in Tests.
# Siddle has bagged five wickets or more in an innings three times against England – his career-best being 6 for 54 against England at Brisbane in November 2010. His only other five-wicket hauls is 5 for 59 against South Africa at SCG in January 2009.
# VVS Laxman (18) has posted just one fifty in his last nine innings – 66 at SCG.
# In his last twelve innings away from home, Laxman has posted one fifty – his sequence of scores being 4, 30, 2, 2 & 24 against England and 2, 1, 2, 66, 31, 0 & 18 against Australia.
# Laxman is averaging 17.14 in the present series – 120 runs in seven innings – his worst performance in a Test series when he has played in three Tests.
# In his last eight overseas Tests, Laxman has averaged 20.13 – 302 runs in fifteen innings.
# Laxman’s aforesaid below average performance brought down his batting average against Australia to below 50 – 49.97 – 2399 runs in 29 Tests.
# Peter Siddle (5/49) has produced his best bowling performance at Adelaide. In his previous two Tests at this venue, he had claimed just one wicket, conceding 241 runs.
# Wriddhiman Saha and Kohli were involved in a stand of 114 for the sixth wicket – India’s third highest at Adelaide – the top two being 188 between Vijay Hazare and Dattu Phadkar in January 1948 and 147 between Yashpal Sharma and Sandeep Patil in January 1981.
# The aforesaid partnership is the third 100-plus for India in the present series. The first two century stands for India in the series were – 117 for the third wicket between Tendulkar and Dravid at MCG and 103 for the fourth wicket between Tendulkar and Laxman at SCG.
# Saha (35) has recorded his second highest Test innings, next only to the 36 against South Africa at Nagpur in February 2010.
# Zaheer Khan has become the first Indian player to register 25 ducks in Tests – his seventh in 31 innings against Australia.
# Zaheer is the ninth batsman to have recorded 25 ducks or more in Tests, joining the distinguished company of Courtney Walsh (43), Glenn McGrath (35), Shane Warne (34), Muttiah Muralitharan (33), Chris Martin (32), Curtly Ambrose (26), Mervyn Dillon (26) and Danish Kaneria (25).
# Zaheer’s tally of seven ducks against Australia is the second highest by an Indian batsman, next only to Ajit Agarkar’s tally of eight in 16 innings.
# The three batsmen with most ducks against Australia in Tests are – Courtney Walsh (13), Wasim Bari (11) and Ian Botham (10).
# India (272) have recorded their third total of 200-plus against Australia in the present series – the top two being 400 at SCG and 282 at Melbourne.
# Hilfenhaus has produced his best bowling performance in a Test series – 26 at 16.53, including two five-wicket hauls. The said performance is the best by an Australian bowler in a four-Test series against India, bettering Brett Lee’s tally of 24 (ave.22.58) in four Tests in 2007-08.
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