India wins Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2020-21: A look at the records scripted
India scripted history by taming Australia in the four-Test series and retaining the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. India won the final Test in Brisbane by three wickets, as it became the first Asian side to win consecutive Test series, Down Under, while records galore.
On Tuesday, India came up with a dominating performance to tame Australia on Day 5 of the final Test, at The Gabba in Brisbane. With this, India has successfully retained the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, besides becoming the first Asian side to win successive Test series, Down Under, as we present the records that stormed out.
Shubman Gill becomes the youngest: Gill continued his phenomenal form in his debut Test series, as he played a commendable knock of 91. As a result, he became the youngest Indian opener to score 50-plus in a Test's final innings. While Gill did so at the age of 21 years & 133 days, he went past Sunil Gavaskar, who had done so in 21 years & 243 days. He is also the second youngest overseas player to score a half-century in the final innings of a Test, in Australia, with the youngest being Ijaz Ahmed (21 years & 114 days). He is also the youngest visiting player to be dismissed in the 90s, in a Test, in Australia.
Rishabh Pant betters MS Dhoni's record: Pant played a resounding knock of an unbeaten 70, as he also brought up his 1,000th Test run in the process. Consequently, he also became the fastest to score the same, in just 27 innings, bettering MS Dhoni's record of 32.
Cheteshwar Pujara scores his slowest one: Pujara played a ravish knock of 56, off 211 deliveries. Meanwhile, he also scored his slowest half-century in the format, off 196 deliveries, going past his previous slowest of 174, in Sydney last week. He also faced the second most balls (2,657) in the nation since 2000, after Alastair Cook (2,725).
Most runs on Day 5: India scored its most runs on Day 5 of a Test. It scored 325 runs, while it was the third-highest overall, as the record for the same lies with Australia (404), against England in 1948.
India scripts a special: It was commendable for Team India to win the series despite losing the opening Test. On the same note, it was its fifth instance of winning a series, having failed the opening Test. India also became only the second team in Australia to win the series after losing the opener, after England, besides this being the fourth instance of the same in Australia.
One of the highest successful chases: As India chased down 328, it also happened to be the third-highest successful visiting chase on this ground. Above India is England (332) and South Africa (414). Also, it was India's third-highest successful chase in the format, while its best happens to be 406, against the Windies in 1976-76. It was also the highest successful chase in the final innings of a Test in Australia by an Asian side. It was also the third time that India had scored over 300 in the final innings of a successful chase, in the format, with a couple of them coming outside Asia.
India ends second-biggest streak: With this win, India has now ended Australia's 32-year unbeaten streak in Brisbane, in the format. The record for the same lies with Pakistan, in Karachi (34), between 1955-2000.
Tim Paine joins an unwanted list: With his loss, Australian skipper, Paine has a fourth loss in eight Tests as the captain, the joint-most. The other happens to be Windies's Jason Holder (4/6).
Ajinkya Rahane joins a specific list: Rahane stays unbeaten in Tests as the captain. Meanwhile, he has joined a particular list, of being only the third Indian captain to have most wins in Australia, in the format. Along with Bishan Singh Bedi and Virat Kohli, Rahane, too, has scripted two wins.
Match summary: Electing to bat, Australia posted 369, while India was bundled out for 329, thus giving the host a lead of 33. In the second innings, Australia set a target of 328 for India, as three half-centuries from Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara and Rishabh Pant sealed the deal for India.
Brief scores: Australia 369 & 294 (Smith 55; Siraj 5/73, Thakur 4/61) lost to India 336 & 329/7 (Gill 91, Pujara 56, Pant 89*; Cummins 4/55) by four wickets.