India vs Australia 2014: A record breaking series
The high-profile Test series between India and Australia has finally come to an end, but together, both the teams managed to break many records, which will be remembered for a long time.
New Delhi: The high-profile Test series between India and Australia has finally come to an end, but together, both the teams managed to break many records, which will be remembered for a long time.
Mainly, batsmen from both teams dominated the four-match series that saw them score some big runs, while playing on subdued tracks.
Rain of runs
It's the first time in the history of Test cricket that more than 5800 runs were scored in a Test series, comprising four or less matches. In the entire Border-Gavaskar Trophy, 5870 runs were accumulated. Skippers of the teams too scored heavily in the series. In fact, both Steve Smith and Virat Kohli collectively scored around 1500, which is another record.
Bowlers leaked too many runs
If many batting records were broken in series, then, bowlers too broke the unwanted record of conceding 100 or more runs on many occasions in a single series. Bowlers from both teams touched the 100-run mark in an innings on a record 25 occasions. Australian offie Nathan Lyon topped the list by crossing the mark six times in the series; R Ashwin four times; Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadv three times each; Varun Aron, Mitchell Johnson, Ishant Sharma two times each, whereas, Karn Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mitchell Starc touched the mark one time each.
It's always difficult for the visiting teams to pile up big totals when they play in fast and bouncy tracks of Australia. But this time around, India managed to score more than decently on many occasions. Eight times in total, the 400-run mark was crossed by the teams, which is another Test record in a series. The visitors and hosts both took their score above 400 four times each.
However, the hosts won the series 2-0, India would be satisfied as well with their overall performance.