India vs South Africa, 1st Test stat pack: Six-fest, Rohit's twin hundreds and peerless Ashwin
India vs South Africa: Rohit Sharma broke an array of records in the Visakhapatnam Test (AP Photo)
- 37 sixes were hit in Vizag Test - a new record
- Rohit became 1st-ever batsman to hit twin hundreds in maiden Test as opener
- R Ashwin became joint-fastest to 350 Test wickets in Vizag
The 1st Test in Visakhapatnam between India and South Africa was a stats man's delight. Runs, wickets, sixes and hundreds -- cricket fans were treated to enthralling action over the course of the last 5 days at the YS Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VCDA Stadium.
India took a 1-0 lead after thrashing South Africa by 203 runs in the 3-match series. Virat Kohli's men have now 160 points, 100 more than 2nd-placed New Zealand in the World Test Championship table.
Rohit Sharma was the main protagonist in India's big win over South Africa in Vizag. Promoted to open the innings in red-ball cricket for the 1st time, Rohit made the most of the opportunity by slamming twin hundreds. He followed up his first innings 176 with a 149-ball 127 that helped India set a target of 395 for South Africa.
His opening partner Mayank Agarwal shone in the 1st innings by converting his maiden 100 into a double hundred.
In the bowling department, R Ashwin shone on his return to the Test XI, picking up his 5th 7-wicket haul in Tests. Quinton de Kock (111) and Dean Elgar (160) showed a lot of character to help South Africa post 431 in the 1st innings but they were blown away in the 2nd after Ravindra Jadeja and Mohammed Shami ran through their batting order in the morning session on Day 5.
Here's all the major statistics from the 1st Test between India and South Africa
37 - Most number of sixes hit in a Test. India and South Africa now jointly hold the record after the Vizag Test saw 36 sixes being hit over 5 days. The previous best was 35 during the Sharjah Test between New Zealand and Pakistan in 2014.
350 - R Ashwin became the joint-fastest alongside spin great Muttiah Muralitharan to 350 Test wickets. He is the fastest Indian to get there -- 66 matches.
91 - Senuran Muthusamy and Dane Piedt broke the record for the highest 9th-wicket partnership in India-South Africa Tests when they went past 80 set by VVS Laxman and Anil Kumble.
150 - Ravindra Jadeja is only the 3rd left-arm spinner with 150 wickets at home after Rangana Herath and Daniel Vettori.
27 - India now hold the record for the maximum number of sixes hit in a Test match. New Zealand had previously held the record with 22 Tests against Pakistan in 2014 in Sharjah.
27 - R Ashwin's tally of 5-wicket haul in Tests. Only Muttiah Muralitharan (45) has more 5-wicket hauls than Ashwin.
13 - Rohit Sharma set a new world record for the most number of sixes hit by a batsman in Tests. He went past Wasim Akram's tally of 12.
1 - Rohit Sharma became the first batsman to score hundreds in each innings of in his first Test as opener.
6 - Rohit Sharma became only the 6th Indian batsman after Vijay Hazare, Sunil Gavaskar, Rahul Dravid, Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane to hit twin hundreds in a Test
318 - Keshav Maharaj is now third on the list of most runs conceded by a bowler in a Test match. Tommy Scott (374 vs England in Kingston) and Jason Krejza (358 vs India in Nagpur) are the top 2 in the list.
3 - Mayank Agarwal and Rohit Sharma became only the third Indian opening pair after Vinoo Mankad-Pankaj Roy and Rahul Dravid-Virender Sehwagto post 300-plus stand.
317 - Rohit and Mayank also set a new record for the highest opening stand in India vs South Africa Tests, breaking the one previously held by AC Hudson and Gary Kirsten (236) in 1996.
4 - Mayank Agarwal became only the 4th Indian after Dileep Sardesai, Vinod Kambli and Karun Nair to convert his maiden hundred into a double.
8 - Mayank Agarwal joined Sunil Gavaskar at the third spot on the list of Indian batsmen who have taken least amount of innings for maiden double hundred. Karun Nair (3) and Vinod Kambli (4) are on top of the list.
525 - The highest aggregate score in a Test match by Indian openers. Previous best was 414.