India- Australia Test Series Factoids

Where do the two teams stand and how do they look before the most anticipated series between Oz & Us!!!

Source: www.smh.com.au
Source: www.smh.com.au

India’s narrowest win by both runs and wickets in Test Cricket has come against Australia and that too in India.

13 India won by just 13 runs in 2004 when Australia couldn’t chase 107 on the turning wicket in Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai.

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Curious case of Waiting Jaffer

Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir are by far India’s best openers in terms of runs scored and average. In 87 innings as openers, they have scored 4412 runs at an average of 52.52 with 11 100-runs and 25 50-runs partnerships. Other than their individual records, (especially Sehwag), this is one of the reasons why they make it into the team despite dismal performance in last two years.

Source: espncricinfo

Since 2011 World cup, Sehwag and Gambhir have opened in 24 innings and have scored 861 runs at an average of 35.87 with just one 100-run and 6 50-runs partnerships, way below their career record (52.52). Their individual form hasn’t been great either.  In 15 tests since India won the world cup, Sehwag has scored 865 runs at an average of 32.03 with 1 century and 5 50s. The only century came in last year against England at Ahmedabad. Gambhir hasn’t been inspiring enough, in last 16 tests, he has scored 787 runs at an average of 28.10 and 5 50s. It’s been more than 3 years since Gambhir scored a century, last being 116 against Bangladesh at Chittagong in Jan 2010.

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