Now that the limited overs leg is done already and the focus shifts to the massive Border-Gavaskar Trophy starting in just 5 days, we take a look at what’s in store for the cricket fans in this series. In this article, we cover the statistical preview of the Australia vs India Test series where we take a look at some of the records which players from both the sides can break in the series.
- 1st Test (Day-Night Test) : 17-21 Dec 2020, Adelaide
- 2nd Test : 26-30 Dec 2020, Melbourne
- 3rd Test : 7-11 Jan, Sydney
- 4th Test : 15-19 Jan, Brisbane
Records Indian Players can break
- Cheteshwar Pujara, who was the player of the series in the last Border-Gavaskar Trophy, needs 160 runs to complete 6000 runs in Test cricket. He will be the 11th Indian to do so.
- Ravindra Jadeja who has been ruled out of the first Test and might even miss the second Test, needs 131 runs to complete 2000 runs in Test cricket. He will be the 5th Indian All-rounder to have 200+ wickets and 2000+ runs after Kapil Dev, Kumble, Harbhajan and Ashwin.
- Mohammed Shami needs 20 wickets to complete 200 wickets in Test cricket. He also needs 10 wickets to go pass E Prasanna and become India’s 11th most successful Test bowler in terms of wickets.
- Indian pacer Umesh Yadav too just requires 6 wickets to complete 150 wickets in Tests.
- Both Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara may break another record against Australia if it comes to scoring runs against them. Virat will play only one Test and in that Test, he needs to score 135 runs to surpass Sehwag and become the 5th highest run scorer against Australia in Tests. Pujara will need 117 runs for this and he will have all 4 Tests to play. He can also complete 2000 runs vs Aussies if he scores 368 runs in this series.
- When R Ashwin will take 3 wickets, he will surpass Kapil Dev and become India’s 3rd most successful bowler against Australia. He needs 19 wickets to go pass Harbhajan and become the Indian with second highest wickets against Australia. He currently has 77 wickets against Australia.
Records Australian players can break
- Australia will surely be strengthened by the presence of David Warner and Steve Smith in this series. While Warner needs 179 runs, Smith needs 196 runs to go pass David Boon and enter into the top 9 run scorers list for Australia in Test cricket. They will also have the chance to surpass Mark Taylor and coach Justin Langer in this list to go up and become 7th highest run scorers.
- Smith, as we all know, loves batting against India. He needs 139 runs to surpass Allen Border, 460 runs to go pass Matthew Hayden and 571 runs to complete 2000 Test runs against India. The way he bats in Test cricket, anything is possible. If he gets to 2000 runs, he will be the 3rd highest run scorer against India in Test cricket.
- If Smith scores 2 centuries in this series, he will have the most centuries for an Aussie against India breaking Ricky Ponting’s record of 8 100s.
- Australian head spinner Nathan Lyon needs 10 wickets to complete 400 Test wickets. He will be the 16th bowler overall, 6th spinner, 3rd Australian bowler and first Australian spinner to achieve this feat.
- Lyon also needs only 15 wickets to have 100 wickets against India.
- Pacer Mitchell Starc needs 6 wickets for 250 Test wickets.
- Starc’s partner Josh Hazlewood requires 5 wickets for 200 Test wickets.
- Another member of the Australian pace trinity, Pat Cummins needs 7 wickets for 150 Test wickets.
What happened last time?
When the last time these two teams met in a Test series, India created history by winning their first ever Test series in Australia. India won the series 2-1. Cheteshwar Pujara was India’s batting pillar with 521 runs in the series and he was adjudged the player of the series for his efforts. For India, Jasprit Bumrah with 21 wickets, was the leading wicket taker of the series while Nathan Lyon was the highest wicket taker among Aussies with 21 wickets too.
However, this time around, the challenge for India would be big as Australian team have got the back the services of Steve Smith and David Warner who were unavailable on the last tour. Marnus Labuschagne is also in terrific form while Indian captain Virat Kohli will miss the last 3 Tests expecting the birth of his baby.
Where to watch : Indian viewers can watch the series on Sony Six network on TV while they can stream it on SonyLiv app online.