IND vs AUS Test Stats: In modern day cricket, India and Australia do come together for a rivalry which is as anticipated as Ashes arguably. Right from the dominant years for Australian cricket in 2000s, India have emerged as their premier competitor. Who can forget India’s Kolkata triumph in 2001 when Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman put together a resistance for the ages to halt Australia’s record 16 consecutive test wins. But Australia came soaring back in the subsequent tour in 2004 when Adam Gilchrist and his men conquered the ‘final frontier’ in some style.
As the years gone by, India began to up their game down under as well to pose a challenge in toughest of conditions in world cricket. During the 2003-04 tour to Australia, India came pretty close to register their first ever series victory on Australia soil, only to play Steve Waugh an innings of highest order at Sydney in his last ever test. The series ended at 1-1 but India’s victory at Adelaide is still regarded as one of their best. Eventually, India succeeded in marking their names in the history books when they beat Australia 2-1 on 2018-19 tour.
In 2018-19 when India landed on Australian shores, expectations were quite high as Australia were struggling to fill the holes in their batting lineup which were left due to bans on Steve Smith and David Warner. Probably it was first time when visitors were favourites going into the series. In the first match at Adelaide, Cheteshwar Pujara delivered a high-class hundred to take India out of the trouble and helped them post a competitive first innings total. Based on that, India bowlers suffocated the Australian lineup to take India 1-0 up in the series.
Australia made a strong comeback in the series when they beat India convincingly in the inaugural test match at Perth Stadium. Nathan Lyon picked up 8 from the match and pegged India back significantly with crucial strikes. So as it stood, teams reached MCG with series leveled at 1-1 for the historic Boxing Day test. Batting first after winning the toss, Cheteshwar Pujara again came to party with a magnificent hundred. The tourists posted a daunting 443 on the board before Jasprit Bumrah took center-stage with a spell of 6-33. After that all left was formalities which India completed briefly afterwards. In the last match at Sydney, rain played major spoilsport after India were on the driver seat. This time Rishabh Pant also joined Cheteshwar Pujara to take India to a formidable 622 in the first innings. Australia were forced to follow-on after they were bundled out for just 300 in their first innings. But rain and bad light meant that there was no play possible on fourth and fifth days to cap the series stranded on 2-1 in India’s favour.
Who are IND best batsmen?
If we come to individual records for Indian batsmen, Cheteshwar Pujara has remained the most prolific in terms of runs scored against Australia in test matches. He has 1685 runs from 33 innings at an average of 54.35 with a highest score of 204. Virat Kohli is following him closely with 1682 runs at an average of 48.05 against Australia. Murali Vijay is third on the list of active players with 1324 runs from 28 innings while Ajinkya Rahane and KL Rahul complete the list.
Cheteshwar Pujara has been even more dominant at home with 900 runs at an average of 64.28 while Murali Vijay is also having an average of 49.56 against Australia at home. In Australia, Virat Kohli is at the top with 1352 runs at an impressive average of 54.08 which is highest in Top-10 from all-time list. Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara have been neck and neck so far and will want to improve further in the ongoing tour.
Who are IND best bowlers?
Ravichandran Ashwin has moved towards the top in the list of top wicket takers for India against Australia. He has taken 87 scalps from 32 innings and is at the top in terms of active players currently. His spin partner Ravindra Jadeja is at the second position with 59 wickets from 21 innings at an average of 19.08 against Australia. Ishant Sharma is at the third position with same number of wickets but his average is on the higher side. Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Shami round-off the list with 48 and 31 scalps respectively.
Spin duo of Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja is again leading the pack in terms of wickets taken at home with 50 and 49 wickets respectively. Ravichandran Ashwin is again at the top in the away list but Mohammed Shami is at the second position as he has taken all his 31 scalps in Australia so far.
Who are AUS best batsmen?
Australia always have their talisman when we talk about their batting lineups. If we talk about the list of top performers from the active players, Steve Smith is leading the pack with 1439 runs at an average of 71.95 from 24 innings against India. David Warner is second on the list with 1081 runs but he has taken 30 test innings for that. Shaun Marsh has 605 runs from 27 innings while Mitchell Starc is at fourth place surprisingly with 483 runs. Captain Tim Paine rounds off the list with 444 runs at an average of 34.15 from 14 innings.
At home, Steve Smith is even more dominant with 779 runs at an average of 86.55 from just 12 innings while David Warner has slammed 693 runs at an average of 49.50 from 14 innings. In India, Steve Smith is at the top again with 660 runs from 12 innings while others have fallen behind quite considerable here. David Warner is second on the list with 388 runs at an average of 24.25 against India away.
Who are AUS best bowlers?
In the bowling charts against India, off-spinner Nathan Lyon is dominating the proceedings with 89 wickets from 37 innings and is at the top in overall list. Josh Hazlewood is second on the list from active players with 41 scalps from 24 innings while Mitchell Starc is following him closely with 39 wickets from same number of innings. Peter Siddle has taken 38 wickets from 18 innings at an impressive average of 26.81 against India. Pat Cummins is at fifth position with 32 wickets from just 14 innings with an average of 25.06.
Nathan Lyon is at the top in terms of wickets taken at home with 55 wickets from 24 innings against India. Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Starc are having identical numbers here as well with 32 scalps from 17 innings each at home. Although Richie Benaud leads the list in India but from active players, Nathan Lyon is again at the top with 34 wickets from 13 innings. Steven O’Keefe is at the second place purely on the basis of 2017 series where he took 19 wickets from just 7 innings in India.