The third Test of this Border Gavaskar Trophy ended few hours ago and we can’t stop adoring and celebrating the quality of test cricket played by both sides. Test cricket usually don’t go to the fifth days these days, or even when they go, they end in the first session but not this one.
Although at the close of Day 4 play, lots of experts believed this too will end in a couple of sessions with India getting bowled out sooner than later but thanks to India’s grit, resilience and the fight, it not only went into the third session but India also saved the Test match after starting the day with their back behind the wall.
India’s enormous batting effort to save the Test matches made a lot of records at SCG today. In this article, we take a look at the number of team and individual records that were created or broken throughout the Test match.
Rishabh Pant breaks several records
The day started with a Rishabh Pant’s masterclass after Ajinkya Rahane got out very early into the day’s play. Pant took the attack from Aussies and scored 97 runs before one of his extravagant shots which helped him score those runs also led to his downfall. He gave India an outside chance of win too as long as he stayed. During the inning of 97,
- Pant became Fastest visiting Wicketkeeper to reach 500 runs in Australia in Tests,
- First Asian wicketkeeper to score 500 runs in Australia in Tests,
- Youngest (23) wicketkeeper to score a 90 in 4th innings of a Test match in Australia,
- Reached to 50 sixes in International cricket
India creates history
India had to bat 131 overs to save the Test match which they did and this was the longest they ever batted in 4th inning since 1979. It took India a special effort to save the Test match. This was also the highest numbers of overs batted by an Asian team in Australia.
- Cheteshwar Pujara completed 6000 Test runs in this match as soon as he scored 47 runs in the second inning. He became the 11th Indian batsman to do so. Pujara also became 5th highest test match run scorer against Australia during this inning.
- Australian batsman Steve Smith surpassed David Boon and became the 9th highest run scorer for Australia in Test cricket. In the next match, he will 76 runs to go pass Mark Taylor and occupy the 8th spot. Smith was adjudged Man of the Match for his performance in Sydney Test.
With one Test to go, the series still stands at 1-1. 4th Test will go as per schedule in Brisbane, Gabba inspite of all the drama and it will start from 15th January.