Racking up the runs in Australia

From Virat Kohli joining India's 1,000-run Test club in Australia to Rishabh Pant's wicketkeeping haul and more India vs Australia Test cricket records. Plus, your queries answered.

Rishabh Pant equalled a record in only his sixth Test match.   -  AFP


The number of batsmen to aggregate 1,000 Test runs for India on Australian soil. Virat Kohli is the latest entrant to this elite list, emulating Sachin Tendulkar, V. V. S. Laxman and Rahul Dravid. Kohli, at the end of the first Test in Adelaide, has 1,029 runs to his credit in Australia.

India’s 1,000-run Test club in Australia

BatsmanRunsMatchesInningsNot outsAverageHighest scoreHundredsFifties
Sachin Tendulkar18092038453.21241*67
V. V. S. Laxman12361529144.1417844
Rahul Dravid11431530443.9623316
Virat Kohli1029918057.1716952



The number of innings Virat Kohli took to aggregate 1,000 Test runs in Australia. He is now the joint fifth quickest among visiting batsmen to reach this landmark, in a list dominated by Englishmen.

Fewest innings to reach 1,000 runs by visiting batsmen in Australia

BatsmanInningsMatchesCountryTotal runs at end of inningsAverageHighest scoreHundredsFiftiesAchieved onFinal tally of runs
Wally Hammond106England1,01711325150December 5, 19321,981
Herbert Sutcliffe148England1,0087217653January 5, 19291,529
Alastair Cook1710England1,04265.13235*42January 5, 20111,664
Ken Barrington1710England1,01467.60132*46February 11, 19661,046
Jack Hobbs#1810England1,01363.3118734December 18, 19202,493
Virat Kohli189India1,02957.1616952December 8, 20181,029

Note: For India, the previous quickest was V. V. S Laxman (19 innings, 10 matches on January 18, 2008), followed by Sachin Tendulkar (22 innings, 12 Tests on January 5, 2004) and Rahul Dravid (23 innings, 12 matches on December 27, 2011).

#Jack Hobbs, with 2,493 runs, remains the leading run-getter among visiting batsmen in Australia.


The number of catches by Rishabh Pant in the first innings of the Adelaide Test makes him the fourth Indian wicketkeeper to claim six dismissals in a Test innings and only the second after M. S. Dhoni to pouch six catches.

Most dismissals by an Indian wicketkeeper in a Test innings

WicketkeeperDismissalsCatchesStumpingsOpponentVenueMonth, yearResult for India
Syed Kirmani651New ZealandChristchurchFebruary 1976Drawn
M. S. Dhoni660New ZealandWellingtonApril 2009Drawn
Wriddhiman Saha651West IndiesNorth SoundJuly 2016Won
Rishabh Pant660AustraliaAdelaideDecember 2018Won



The number of instances when wicketkeepers claimed six or more dismissals in a Test innings against Australia. Rishabh Pant in Adelaide became the latest entrant to the list and is the first Asian to do so.

Most dismissals by a wicketkeeper in a Test innings against Australia

WicketkeeperDismissalsCatchesStumpingsCountryVenueMonth, yearResult for team
Ridley Jacobs770West IndiesMelbourneDecember 2000Lost
Dennis Lindsay660South AfricaJohannesburgDecember 1966Won
Jack Russell660EnglandMelbourneDecember 1990Lost
Alec Stewart660EnglandManchesterJuly 1997Lost
Chris Read660EnglandMelbourneDecember 2006Lost
Chris Read651EnglandSydneyJanuary 2007Lost
Matt Prior660EnglandMelbourneDecember 2010Won
Rishabh Pant660IndiaAdelaideDecember 2018Won



The most dismissals by a wicketkeeper in a single Test match. Rishabh Pant in Adelaide became the third to achieve this.

Most dismissals by a wicketkeeper in a Test match



CatchesStumpingsCountryOpponentMonth, yearResult for team
 TotalFirst inningsSecond innings      
Jack Russell1165110EnglandSouth AfricaJanuary 1995Drawn
A. B. de Villiers1165110South AfricaPakistanFebruary 2013Won
Rishabh Pant1165110IndiaAustraliaDecember 2018Won

Note: Pant is, in fact, the first keeper to claim six dismissals in a Test innings at Adelaide. Previously, Aussies Ian Healy had claimed five dismissals on three occasions and Matthew Wade once.


Queries Corner

Referring to your last column, is Rohit Sharma the youngest to score a fifty in T20 International cricket. Also, could you also confirm who is the oldest to score a fifty in this format? – Ojas Trivedi, Ahmedabad.

As indicated in my last column, Rohit Sharma at 20 years and 143 days was the youngest Indian to register a fifty in T20I cricket. The distinction of being the youngest to score a fifty in the format goes to Canada’s Hiral Patel (incidentally born in your city). He was 18 years and 177 days during his unbeaten knock of 88 against Ireland at Colombo SSC on February 3, 2010. Meanwhile, the oldest at 39 years and 345 days was Sri Lankan Sanath Jayasuriya (81) against the West Indies at Nottingham on June 10, 2009.

Pakistan’s Bilal Asif was wicketless when New Zealand’s fifth wicket fell in the recent Abu Dhabi Test and yet he managed to claim a five-wicket haul. Has this happened before in Test matches? – Ayaz Mansur, New Delhi.

If you mean Test bowlers claiming the wickets of batsmen from positions seven to eleven in the same innings, then Asif is the seventh to do so and the second Pakistani after Saqlain Mushtaq (against Zimbabwe at Lahore in December 1998). The others are Garry Sobers and Andy Roberts of the West Indies, Aussie Jason Gillespie, Englishman Andy Caddick and India’s Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

How many genuine batsmen have a strike rate of less than 100 in the Indian Premier League? – Suresh Nandi, Cuttack.

Among batsmen with at least 250 runs or more in IPL cricket, only three have a batting strike rate of less than 100. They are Hanuma Vihari (280 runs at 89.46), Amit Mishra (341 runs at 93.42) and Cheteshwar Pujara (390 runs at 99.74). Interestingly, all three have appeared for India in international matches!

Who has the most runs in each of the international  formats – Tests, One-Day Internationals and T20Is – without a single century? – R. Bharath, Coimbatore.

FormatBatsmanCountryRunsFiftiesHighest score
TestsShane WarneAustralia3,1541299
T20IsShoaib MalikPakistan2,190775

For the record, Shane Warne, with 4,172 runs (13 fifties, highest 99), has the most runs in all international cricket without a century.


Note: All figures above are updated as on December 10, 2018.

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