The match was done and dusted in less than 2 days as the batsmen had no say whatever. The first innings was wrapped up in 48.4 overs. While, Team India managed to play 53.2 overs in the second innings, which stands to be the longest in the four innings played. Such was the pace of the game and the match witnessed just a total of 842 balls, which now is the shorted Test match Post War Era (With a result) and overall the 7th shortest.
The shortest match to date stands to be the match between Australia and South Africa back in the year 1932, where only 656 balls were bowled.
The Indian pacer- Ishant Sharma joined the elite list of players to have played 100 Tests. The 32-year old is only the 11th Indian to make it the list. Earlier in the series, England’s skipper- Joe Root also made it to the same list, became the 12th Englishmen to do so.
Axar Patel claimed man of the match with his exceptional bowling giving him the second-best figures by a spinner in an innings at a D/N test. The best being of Davendra Bishoo of West Indies, 8 wickets for 49 runs in the second innings of the first test match against Pakistan in Dubai. His overall figure of 70/11 now stands to be the most economical 10-wicket haul by an Indian in Tests.
The 30-year old England skipper was on a record-breaking spree, only that this time it was with the ball and not the bat. Root ran through the Indian batting line-up to claim his first 5-wicket haul in his Test career and in the process he also went onto break the record for the most economical 5-wicket haul by a spinner in Test cricket, bettering the previous Joint record-holders, Tim May and Micheal Clarke (9/5).
The Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin joined the 400 wickets club as he claimed four wickets in the second innings of England’s batting. He reached the remarkable milestone by picking up the wicket of Jofra Archer. He is only the fourth player from India to have this honor, The only other players being Kapil Dev, Harbhajan Singh, and Anil Kumble.
The spin professor became second fastest to claim 400 wickets, as he did in a mere 77 matches, only behind Sri Lankan legend Muttiah Muralitharan’s 72 matches. Richard Hadlee and Dale Steyn are joint third in reaching this feat, taking three more matches than Ravichandran Ashwin.
It is not often we get to see bowlers picking up 10 wickets in a Test match especially now that the game has been heavily in favor of the batsmen. This match though stands to be an exception as the match being dominated by the bowlers from the word go. With 16 D/N matches being played, including this epic encounter. It was the third time a bowler has picked up a 10-wicket haul. Are D/N Test the bowlers best-loved now?
Day and Night Tests so far have assisted the seamers with them claiming the majority of the wickets. But Ahmedabad's dusty pitch assisted the spinners rendering pacers void. The 27 wickets claimed by the spinners are the most wickets taken by spinners in D/N Tests. This was a first and has challenged all the statistics of D/N tests collected so far.
The Englishmen are one of the oldest Test-playing nations and they are also Team India’s long-term opponents. India has locked horns with England in the longest format of the game for a staggering 125 matches and it was this encounter at the Motera Stadium that was destined to witness the lowest score ever by the England team against the Indians in Tests. England’s lowest test score remains to be 45 against the Aussies, in the year 1887.
Indian seamer Ishant Sharma hit his first six ever over 100 Tests played. Trying to revive the Indian innings, the lower order batsmen hit the first delivery of the 51st over, bowled by Jack Leach over the bowler's head for his first six. He is accompanied by Glenn McGrath of Australia for hitting the least sixes (1) after completing 100 Test matches.
It was only a few matches back, we witnessed a long-standing, more than 100 years old record being broken by Ravichandran Ashwin. The 34-year old became the first spinner in over 100 years to claim a wicket of his very first ball of the inning by claiming the wicket of Rory Burns. Just after a few days, we saw the record being recreated, the difference being, this time it was the local boy- Axar Patel. He went on better than by picking up a wicket of his third ball of the over and England’s turmoil began.
The first player to achieve this feat was Bobby Peel of England, back in 1888. He was followed later by Bert Vogler of South Africa, in 1907.
With more D/N matches being played and the trend of spinners opening the bowling. Will we be seeing this list being lengthened?
England found batting on a spinning pitch hard to cope with as they struggled their way through posting their lowest scores in India. They posted the lowest aggregate score for England in Tests with a total of 193 making 112 in the first innings and 81 in the second. With their lowest aggregate score being 175 runs against NZ in Christchurch in 1983/84 posting 93 in the first innings and 82 in the second.
Indian Captain Virat Kohli is now the most successful captain in Tests at home surpassing former Indian skipper MS Dhoni with 22 wins. Virat Kohli claimed this victory captaining his team one match less than MS Dhoni, also having ended up on the losing side a game less. Also Posting a greater success rate, Virat Kohli is moving towards being the most successful Indian test captain at home.
The 27-year old all-rounder was on a wicket-taking spree once again. After picking up 7 wickets in his debut Test. He was once again in great touch and with the assistance of the turning pitch, he added another 11 wickets to his tally. Patel also became only the third Indian cricketer to pick up a 5-wicket haul in the first two Tests. The other two players to do so were Mohammad Nisar and Narendra Hirwani.
With the recent introduction of Day and Night Tests, Test cricket has ventured into a new era. Only 16 of them have played so far, With India playing a total of three and England four. Out of 16 D/N matches played so far all the matches have seen a result.
Indian stalwart Cheteshwar Pujara had a tough day on the pitch as he was trapped in front for his first-ever duck of a spinner in a Test. This was Pujara’s ninth duck overall as the new wall of India perished without getting off the mark.
Rohit with his bat and the spinning duo Axar Patel and Ravichandran Ashwin played a starring role as India beat England in the 3rd Test and placed one foot in the World Test Championship final. As we wait for the final test, let us know which interesting stat stood out the most for you.