Ind vs Aus 1st Test – Top 3 embarrassing records registered by India on Day 3 of Adelaide Test: In a shambolic batting display, Virat Kohli’s ‘New India’ succumbed to Australian pacers in the second innings of the Adelaide Test. On day 3 of the match, Indian batsman were annihilated 36 for 9 with Mohammad Shami retired hurt, India registered their lowest ever Test score.
Here are the top three embarrassing records that India registered during the horrible second innings show in the Adelaide Test:
- The is the first time in the history of Test cricket that all 11 batsmen, and extras, couldn’t cross single-figures in an innings. The highest score was Mayank Agarwal who made 9.
- The score of 36 is India’s lowest-ever score in Test cricket. Their previous lowest was 42 against England way back in 1974. That was also in the third innings of the match but India were following on.
- 19 is the lowest score for India at the loss of six wickets in Tests. Their previous was 25. There have only been seven lower scores at the loss of the sixth wicket in Test history across all teams.
Some other records that were witnessed during India’s second innings were:
- Josh Hazlewood took 25 deliveries to complete his five-wicket haul. The fastest five-for from the start of a bowling spell in a Test is 19 balls, set by Australia’s Ernie Toshack against India in Brisbane in 1947-48, and equalled by Stuart Broad for England against Australia at Trent Bridge in 2015.
- Hazlewood conceded only 8 runs. Only twice has an Australian bowler conceded fewer runs in an innings in which he has taken five for more wickets.
- Hazlewood bowled third most-economical five-wicket haul for Australia in Tests (1.6) and the best since 1947 when Toshak took 5 for 2.
- Pat Cummins took 31 matches to take 150 Test wickets, the joint Second-fastest for Australia. He shares this feat with Dennis Lillee, Shane Warne and Stuart MacGill. Clarrie Grimett was the quickest though getting to 150 Test wickets in 28 Tests.
- Mayank Agarwal took 19 innings to reach 1000 Test runs. He is the third-quickest from India to this feat. Vinod Kambli and Cheteshwar Pujara are the two players who achieved it quicker in 14 and 18 innings respectively.
‘Summer of 36’: India record lowest score, Australia win in two and half days
The Indian cricket team under Virat Kohli faced its worst hour of embarrassment while collapsing to its lowest Test score of 36 as a rampaging Australia cruised to an emphatic eight-wicket victory inside two and half days in the opening Day/Night Test here on Saturday.
There were no demons in the pitch but Josh Hazlewood (5-3-8-5) and Patrick Cummins (10.2-4-21-4) displayed fast bowling of highest quality, the impact of which will be far-reaching with three more Tests to go.
India’s earlier lowest score was 42 at the Lord’s in 1974 against England, known in Indian cricket parlance as the “Summer of 42”. Saturday’s total was also the lowest score in the brief history of D/N Tests and the joint fifth lowest overall.
The easy target of 90 runs was achieved by the home side in only 21 overs without much fuss.
They only lost Matthew Wade (33) and Marnus Labuschagne (6) in pursuit of the easy goal and in the process, opener Joe Burns (51) got a confidence-boosting half-century.
India have now lost three successive Tests well inside three days with two being in New Zealand earlier this year.
To make matters worse for the visitors, star pacer Mohammed Shami’s series could well be overdue to a wrist injury from a short ball from Pat Cummins, which could potentially be a fracture. Shami could not continue and the Indian innings was terminated at 36 for 9 in 21.2 overs.
The likes of Sunil Gavaskar and the late Ajit Wadekar had long carried the baggage of that English Summer, inarguably one of the worst in the annals of Indian cricket. It will now be replaced by the “Summer of 36”.
Call it irony, but just like Gavaskar then, a modern-day great like Virat Kohli will have this bit of avoidable history in his legacy, a day when one could hardly figure out what went wrong.
At one stage, India were reduced to 26 for 8 and looked like equalling the lowest ever Test score (26 by New Zealand vs England ) but Hanuma Vihari’s boundary helped them evade entry into the dark pages of cricketing history.