Statistical highlights on the first day of the opening cricket Test between India and Australia.
# Ravichandran Ashwin (6/88) has recorded his first-five wicket haul against Australia in Tests. Six wickets out of six were taken by him on the first day of a Test match for the first time.
# Ashwin has registered six five-wicket instances in Tests, all in India. His tally includes four instances of six wickets in an innings.
# Harbhajan Singh has become the 10th Indian player to have appeared in 100 Tests. Sachin Tendulkar, with 195 Tests, heads the table, followed by Rahul Dravid (164), VVS Laxman (134), Anil Kumble (132), Kapil Dev (131), Sunil Gavaskar (125), Dilip Vengsarkar (116), Sourav Ganguly (113) and Virender Sehwag (103).
# Mahendra Singh Dhoni is the first wicketkeeper to effect 20 stumpings in Tests in India. He took his dismissals’ tally to 109 in 37 Tests in India, bettering Syed Kirmani‘s tally of 108 (89 catches + 19 stumpings) in 48 Tests.
# Michael Clarke is the 10th Australian player to complete 7,000 runs or more in Tests, totalling 7092 at an average of 53.32 in 90 Tests. His achievement of reaching 7000 runs in 149 innings is the third quickest by an Australian batsman in Tests – the quickest being 142 by Matthew Hayden and 145 by Ricky Ponting.
# Clarke enjoys a marvellous record as captain, averaging 72.57. He has managed 2395 in 22 Tests, including nine hundreds. His overall tally of 23 centuries is exceeded only by Ricky Ponting (41), Steve Waugh (32), Matthew Hayden (30), Don Bradman (29), Allan Border (27) and Greg Chappell (24) for Australia in Tests.
# Clarke has registered three centuries in his last four Tests against India – an unbeaten 329 at Sydney; 18 at Perth, 210 & 37 at Adelaide and an unbeaten 103 at Chennai – his tally being 697 in five innings at an average of 232.33.
Thanks to his outstanding sequence, he is averaging 53.32 — his highest average since December 2004.
# Clarke has recorded six hundreds against India – a tally bettered only by Ricky Ponting (8) for Australia.
# Moises Henriques‘ splendid 68 off 132 balls is the joint fifth highest by an Australian player against India on debut in Tests.
# Henriques’ aforesaid innings is the sixth highest by number seven batsman for Australia on debut in Tests.
# David Warner‘s first fifty (59 off 93 balls )against India is his sixth in Tests.
# Michael Clarke and Moises Henriques were involved in a stand of 151 – Australia’s highest sixth-wicket partnership at Chepauk.
# The said stand is the highest against India for the sixth wicket at Chennai, eclipsing the 99 between Hashim Amla and Mark Boucher for South Africa in March 2008.
# The 151-run stand is Australia’s joint third highest sixth-wicket partnership for Australia against India.