India vs SA: Records galore for Rohit, Jadeja, Ashwin

From Rohit Sharma's record 50-plus scoring sequence to Ravichandran Ashwin's Test records, here are all the stats from South Africa's tour of India.

India took the series against South Africa 3-0 to top the World Test Championships table.   -  Vivek Bendre

7 The number of consecutive 50-plus scores by a batsman in Tests played in India. In the second innings at Visakhapatnam, Rohit Sharma became the first batsman in Test cricket to make seven 50-plus scores on Indian soil. Before him, three other batsmen had managed to make six 50s in a row. Sharma’s sequence began in the second innings of the Kolkata Test match against New Zealand in October 2016.

Rohit Sharma’s record 50-plus sequence at home

ScoresAgainstVenueMonth, yearResult
2, 82New ZealandKolkataSeptember/October 2016Won
51*New ZealandIndoreOctober 2016Won
102*Sri LankaNagpurNovember 2017Won
65, 50*Sri LankaDelhiDecember 2017Drawn
176, 127South AfricaVisakhapatnamOctober 2018Won


Six or more consecutive 50-plus Test scores on Indian soil

50-plus scoresBatsmanForRunsAverageHighest score100s50sPeriod
7*Rohit SharmaIndia653163.2517634September 30, 2016-October 6, 2019
6Everton WeekesWest Indies731121.8319442November 10, 1948-February 8, 1949
6Rahul DravidIndia46477.339306November 26, 1997-March 21, 1998
6Andy FlowerZimbabwe717239232*33March 13, 1993-November 29, 2000


200 The number Test wickets claimed by Ravindra Jadeja in his career during the Visakhapatnam Test match against South Africa. He became the 75th bowler to achieve this landmark in Test cricket. He is also the 10th Indian bowler to take 200 wickets in Tests. As of date, only 13 left-arm bowlers have managed to claim 200 or more Test wickets, and among these 13 bowlers, Jadeja is the quickest to reach the landmark in terms of number of Test matches.

Fewest Tests to reach 200 wickets among left-arm bowlers

TestsInningsBowlerCountryAchieved onWicketsAverageStrike rateBowling style
4483Ravindra JadejaIndiaOctober 4, 201920024.2760.26Spinner
4783Rangana HerathSri LankaMarch 19, 201320029.5263.90Spinner
4992Mitchell JohnsonAustraliaDecember 26, 201220030.8655.04Pacer
5094Mitchell StarcAustraliaJanuary 24, 201920128.8351.04Pacer
5187Wasim AkramPakistanFebruary 10, 199420024.1156.04Pacer
5188Bishan Singh BediIndiaJanuary 14, 197720327.4981.62Spinner


Note: The figures given above are updated until the end of the innings where the bowler claimed his 200th Test wicket.

350 The number Test wickets claimed by Ravichandran Ashwin in his career, which he reached during the Visakhapatnam Test match against South Africa. He became the 25th bowler and the fourth Indian to achieve this landmark in Test cricket. By doing so in his 66th Test match, Ashwin equalled the record of Sri Lankan Muttiah Muralitharan to be the joint quickest to reach the landmark in terms of number of Test matches.

Fewest Tests to reach 350 wickets

TestsInningsBowlerCountryAchieved onWicketsAverageStrike rateBowling style
66106Muttiah MuralitharanSri LankaSeptember 8, 200135024.7961.81Right-arm off-break
66124Ravichandran AshwinIndiaOctober 6, 201935025.4053.61Right-arm off-break
69125Richard HadleeNew ZealandMarch 15, 198735122.4350.88Right-arm pacer
69130Dale SteynSouth AfricaDecember 30, 201335022.9042.07Right-arm pacer
70131Dennis LilleeAustraliaJanuary 3, 198435123.9552.10Right-arm pacer


Note: The figures given above are updated until the end of the innings where the bowler claimed his 350th Test wicket.

27 The number of sixes hit by Indian batsmen in both innings of the Visakhapatnam Test match against South Africa. This is now the most by one side in a match in Test cricket history.

Most sixes hit in a Test match by one team

Total sixesTeamFirst inningsSecond inningsOpponentVenueMonth, yearResult
27India1314South AfricaVisakhapatnamOctober 2019Won
22New Zealand22---PakistanSharjahNovember 2014Won
18West Indies810EnglandSt. John’sApril 1986Won
18Pakistan117IndiaFaisalabadJanuary 2006Draw
18South Africa153West IndiesBasseterreJune 2010Draw
17Australia17---ZimbabwePerthOctober 2003Won
17New Zealand98BangladeshChittagong DvnOctober 2013Draw


37 The number of sixes hit by batsmen of both sides in the Visakhapatnam Test match. This is now the most sixes ever hit in a Test match in cricket history.

Most sixes hit in a Test match by both sides

Total sixesTeam 1 (sixes)Team 2 (sixes)VenueMonth, yearResult
37India (27)South Africa (10)VisakhapatnamOctober 2019Won by India
35New Zealand (22)Pakistan (13)SharjahNovember 2014Won by New Zealand
27Pakistan (18)India (9)FaisalabadJanuary 2006Draw
27New Zealand (17)Bangladesh (10)Chittagong DvnOctober 2013Draw
24New Zealand (12)Bangladesh (12)HamiltonFebruary- March 2019Won by New Zealand


13 The number of sixes hit by Rohit Sharma in Visakhapatnan is the most by any batsman in a Test match in cricket history.

Most sixes hit by a batman in both innings combined in a Test match

SixesFirst innings (score)Second innings (score)BatsmanCountryOpponentVenueMonth, yearResult
136 (176)7 (127)Rohit SharmaIndiaSouth AfricaVisakhapatnamOctober 2019Won
1212 (257*)---Wasim AkramPakistanZimbabweSheikhupuraOctober 1996Draw
11--- (10)11 (222)Nathan AstleNew ZealandEnglandChristchurchMarch 2002Lost
1111 (380)---Matthew HaydenAustraliaZimbabwePerthOctober 2003Won
1111 (202)---Brendon McCullumNew ZealandPakistanSharjahNovember 2014Won
1111 (195)---Brendon McCullumNew ZealandSri LankaChristchurchDecember 2014Won
1111 (258)0 (26)Ben StokesEnglandSouth AfricaCape TownJanuary 2016Draw


Queries Corner

In the recent Ashes Test series, Australia’s Steve Smith batted in only seven innings. However, he top-scored for Australia in successive innings. Has any other player done better than Smith?

– T. Ajit Krishnan, Chennai.

Steven Smith top-scored in the first six innings he batted in the recent Ashes, which is a record for a series. However, the record for top-scoring in the most consecutive Test innings is held by West Indian Shivnarine Chanderpaul, who did so in seven consecutive innings between November 2006 and December 2007.

How often has Pakistan been whitewashed in a Test series?

– Aditya Prakash Tripathi, Kanpur.

Pakistan has been whitewashed 0-3 on eight occasions in Test history, all of which came in away series. These were in Australia in 1972-73, 1999-2000, 2004-05, 2009-10 and 2016-17, against Australia in Sri Lanka and the United Arab Emirates in 2002-03, and in South Africa in 2012-13 and 2018-19.

What is the highest score by a batsman who has been stumped in Test cricket?

– Alok Mitra, Hooghly.

West Indian Seymour Nurse, incidentally appearing in his final Test match, made 258 before he was stumped by New Zealander Barry Milburn off the bowling of left-arm slow bowler Bryan Yuile at Christchurch in March 1969.


Note: All figures above are updated as of October 11, 2019.


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