Statistical highlights of day five of the fourth Test between India and South Africa in New Delhi on Monday:
# With a 3-0 series win, India are now ranked the number two Test side in the world.
# The magnificent 337-run victory over South Africa is India’s largest by runs margin in Tests, eclipsing the 320-run win over Australia under Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s leadership at Mohali in 2008-09.
# India’s previous largest win margin in terms of runs against South Africa was by 280 runs at Kanpur in 1996-97 under the captaincy of Sachin Tendulkar.
# South Africa defeat is their second biggest in terms of runs behind the 530-run defeat to Australia at Melbourne in February 1911.
# India have won consecutive rubbers under Virat Kohli’s captaincy – 2-1 against Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka in 2015 and 3-0 against South Africa in the Freedom Trophy in India in 2015-16.
# Virat Kohli’s success % of 50.00 as captain is the best for India in Tests – his tally being five victories, two losses and three losses. Among the captains with atleast ten Tests, the next best record is by MS Dhoni – 27 wins, 18 defeats and 15 drawn games out of 60 played – winning % 45.00.
# In the last ten years, South Africa have lost three Tests in a series twice – all three Tests vs Australia in South Africa in 2006 and three out of four vs India in India in 2015.
# South Africa have faced 143.1 overs – the most by any team in the fourth innings in a Test innings in Asia.
# South Africa’s run rate of 0.99 is the lowest by a team while batting 100 or more overs in an innings – the only instance of a team scoring at less than one run per over after batting for 100 or more overs.
# Ajinkya Rahane’s splendid match tally of 227 (127 + 100 not out) is the best by an Indian batsman in a winning cause against South Africa in Tests.
# In a winning cause, Rahane is averaging 40.30 in Tests – his aggregate being 524 in seven Tests, including four centuries, in seven Tests.
# Rahane has justifiably received the Man of the Match award for the first time in Tests.
# Hashim Amla has managed 118 runs in seven innings without a fifty at an average of 16.85 in the series – his worst performance in a four-Test series.
# Jean-Paul Duminy has posted his seventh duck in Tests – his second vs India.
# His performance against India in India in Tests is below average – his tally being 85 in eight innings at an average of 10.62 without a half century – the highest is 35 in the Nagpur Test in November last month.
# Ashwin has taken five wickets in an innings seven times in Tests this year – the most by an Indian bowler in a calendar year, eclipsing the six each produced by Subhash Gupte in 1955, Harbhajan Singh in 2001 and Anil Kumble in 2004. Just three bowlers have claimed more five-wicket hauls in a calendar year – West Indian, Malcolm Marshall – 9 in 1984, Sri Lankan, Muttiah Muralitharan – 9 in 2006 and England’s Sydney Barnes – 8 in 1912.
# Ashwin, with 16 instances of five-wicket hauls in 32 Tests, has equalled Bhagwat Chandrasekhar’s tally in 58 Tests. Just three Indian bowlers have taken more five-wicket hauls – Anil Kumble (35), Harbhajan Singh (25) and Kapil Dev (23).
# Ashwin (32 Tests) is the third Indian player to get five Player of the series awards, joining Virender Sehwag (103 Tests) and Sachin Tendulkar (200 Tests), sharing an Indian Test record.
# Ashwin’s tally of 31 wickets (ave.11.12) is his career-best bowling performance in a Test series, surpassing the 29 (ave.20.10) in four Tests vs Australia in 2012-13.
# Umesh Yadav (3/9) has produced his best bowling performance in six Tests under Virat Kohli. These figures are not only his best vs South Africa but also his best in the fourth innings of a Test match.
# Umesh Yadav has bowled 21 overs, conceding nine runs, capturing three wickets. His splendid economy rate of 0.42 is the best by a bowler for India in a Test innings, taking atleast three wickets, surpassing the 0.43 registered by Maninder Singh during his bowling performance of 20.4-12-9-3 vs England at Lord’s in 1986.
# Yadav’s above economy rate is also the best by a fast bowler in a Test innings, bowling 90 balls or more), eclipsing the 0.56 by Trevor Goddard (South Africa) during his bowling performance of 16-8-12-2 vs England at Port Elizabeth in March 1957.
# Ravindra Jadeja’s economy rate of 0.56 is the best by any bowler delivering atleast 35 overs.
# AB de Villiers (43) has faced 297 balls – the most by a batsman not to score a fifty in a Test innings.