India won their first ever Test series on the Australian soil on Monday (December 7) after the rain-interrupted Sydney Test ended in a draw. India won the four-match Test series by the 2-1 margin.
After winning the toss, the Indian skipper Virat Kohli decided to bat first. Cheteshwar Pujara’s another brilliant 193 runs and Rishabh Pant’s 159* helped India to score 622/7 in their first innings before the declaration.
In reply, Australia was bundled out for 300 runs in their first innings, thanks to Kuldeep Yadav’s 5/99. India decided to enforce the follow-on and Australia scored 6/0 at the end of this game while the fifth day entirely washed out in rain.
Brief Scores: India – 622/7 decl. (Cheteshwar Pujara 193, Rishabh Pant 159*; Nathan Lyon 4/178)
Australia – 300 (Marcus Harris 79, Marnus Labuschagne 38; Kuldeep Yadav 5/99) & 6/0 (Usman Khawaja 4*, Marcus Harris 2*)
Result – Match Drawn
Some important stats of Sydney Test (also the Test series) between Australia and India
i) Indian batsman Cheteshwar Pujara scored 521 runs in this Test series.
- Third most runs scored by an Indian batsman in a Test series on the Australian soil. The top two in this list are Virat Kohli with 692 runs (2014/15) and Rahul Dravid with 619 runs (2003/04).
Also read: The Day 1 stats of The Sydney Test
ii) Indian right-arm pacer Jasprit Bumrah took 21 wickets in this Test series.
- The second most wickets were taken by an Indian pacer in a Test series on the Australian soil. The record is taking 25 wickets in a Test series by Kapil Dev in 1991/92.
Also read: The Day 2 stats of The Sydney Test
iii) This Test ended with a draw result.
- Since the Delhi Test match between India and Sri Lanka in December 2017, it was the first drawn Test match for India. In between this, India played 14 consecutive Tests that produced a win or loss result.
- Since the Port of Spain Test between West Indies and India in August 2016, it was the first drawn Test match for India at the away venue. In between this, India played 14 away Tests that produced a win or loss result.
iv) India won the Test series by 2-1.
- India won the Test series in Australia for the first time ever.
- First Asian country to win the Test series in Australia.
- Fifth team to win a Test series in Australia. The other four teams are England, West Indies, New Zealand and South Africa.
Also read: The Day 4 stats of The Sydney Test
v) Under Virat Kohli’s captaincy, India has won four away Test series with this latest Test series victory in Australia.
- Joint most number of away Test series victory by an Indian captain. Former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly also had the four away Test series victory.
vi) Australia lost the series by 2-1.
- Since November 2016, it is the first home Test series defeat for Australia. In November 2016, Australia lost the three-match home Test series against South Africa by 2-1.