Indian batsmen produced five centuries across four Tests whereas Australian batsmen failed to prove their mettle with the bat.
India dominated Australia in the four-match Test series. (AP)
India won a Test series in Australia after 71 years to become only the fifth team to win a series down under. The fourth Test ended in a draw as rain played spoilsport on the last two days and allowed India to seal the victory by a margin of 2-1. A jubilant Ravi Shastri boldly declared that India’s triumph– their first-ever Down Under – is equal or bigger than the 1983 World Cup or 1985 World Championships win. Not only did India outplay their opponents but a more detailed analysis reveals that there was a greater disparity between the two teams.
For starters, India batsmen produced five centuries across four Tests, three of which came from Chesteshwar Pujara. The only other time India emulated such a feat was way back in 2003-04 when the ‘big four’- Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid, and VVS Laxman hit five hundred between them.
On the other hand, Australian batsmen failed to prove their mettle with the bat. Their highest individual total came in the first innings of the final Test when Marcus Harris scored 79.
It was for the first time in over 130 years that no Australian batsman scored a ton in a Test series of comprising four matches at home. It was also for the first time that none of the Australian batsmen crossed 80 runs in all the four matches.