Australia won the 1st ODI against India by five wickets at Perth. Photo courtesy: Getty Images

It was one of the most awaited clashes between Australia and India in Perth and also one of the most exciting One-Day International (ODI) matches in a long time with three debutants, three centuries and a lot more. The action started with Rohit Sharma, who is said to be the one of the most talented batsmen to come out from India’s cricket circles, and was followed by debutant Barinder Sran and then the former and current Australian captains. As the match ended with many records being made and broken, Abhishek Kumarassembles 21 interesting statistical records from the classic encounter.

1.  Starting with the series first, this is the first time when Indian cricket team is playing a bilateral ODI series in Australia.

2.  Rohit became the first Indian batsman to score a century in Perth with his unbeaten knock of 171 runs.

3.  During the course of his innings, Rohit hit seven sixes and became the seventh Indian batsman to enter the club of 100 sixes in ODIs. He has currently 105 sixes in his ODI career. The other six Indian batsmen are:Sachin Tendulkar (195), Sourav Ganguly (190), MS Dhoni (189), Yuvraj Singh (148), Virender Sehwag (136) and Suresh Raina (120).

4.  Rohit also became the fastest Indian to make 1,000 runs against Australia in just 19 innings at an average of 68.46.

5.  The partnership between Rohit and Virat Kohli was worth 207, which is now the best second-wicket partnership by any visiting team against Australia on their home soil and third highest for any wicket in Perth.

6.  There were three bowlers who made their debut in the match; Joel Paris and Scott Boland for Australia and Sran for India. The young lad from India becomes the first Indian to make his debut in ODIs in Australia in this decade and 16th Indian to start his ODI career in the kangaroo nation. The previous Indian cricketer who made his debut in Australia was Manoj Tiwary in 2008.

7.  Australian captain Steven Smith scored a belligerent knock of 149 runs and became the second player from the nation to score fifty plus in an ODI as skipper in Perth. The first captain to do so was Adam Gilchrist in 2004. Smith’s 149 is also the highest score by an Australian captain in Australia and third overall after AB de Villiers (162 not out) and Brian Lara (156).

8.  There was another big partnership in the match, which collected 242 runs and this came between Smith and George Bailey. This was the fourth highest partnership in Australia for any wicket and second highest by any Australian pair in their den.

9.  This was also the first time in the history of cricket when two double-hundred run partnerships came in the same ODI.

10.  This was Rohit’s third hundred in Australia and he levels with VVS Laxman who too has three centuries in Australia, which is the most by any Indian batsman.

11.  Rohit’s unbeaten 171 is now the highest score by any Indian batsman on Australian soil after Ganguly’s 141 at Adelaide against Pakistan in 2000.

12.  The 28-year-old right handed batsman also broke the record of highest score by a visiting batsman in Australia beating Viv Richards’ 153 not out in Melbourne in December 1979. Now, he also the record for highest individual score in Perth.

13.  With this knock, Rohit also levelled with Tendulkar, as he has now three 170 plus knocks against Australia in ODIs. He has also now four 150 plus scores in ODIs while Tendulkar has five. He is only one short of levelling one more record to his name.

14.  The most talked debutant of India — Sran became the eighth Indian bowler to scalp his maiden ODI wicket as caught and bowled.

15.  In last one year, there have been three incidents in ODI and Twenty20 format when Rohit scored a century and India lost that game. This was one of those three matches and his unbeaten 171 is now the fourth highest individual score made in a losing cause and biggest in Australia.

16.  This was the seventh time when Kohli was the part of a double-hundred partnership in ODIs, beating the previous best record of Tendulkar and Ganguly of six each.

17.  Indian captain MS Dhoni has now led the side for most matches in India vs Australia ODIs. So far, he has captained India in 36 ODIs against Australia after Ricky Ponting, who led his side in 35 matches against India.

18.  Rohit’s current average against Australia in ODIs is 68.46, which is the best by any batsman who has scored more than 500 runs in his career.

19.  Australia chased 310 runs in this match, which is now the highest successful run chase in Perth and against India on their home soil.

20.  Smith and Bailey both scored hundreds and this was the 14th time when two Australian batsmen scored centuries in the same innings of an ODI.

21.  Sran took three wickets in his debut ODI by conceding 56 runs. This is the third best bowling record for an Indian bowler who was making his debut on an Australian ground after Subroto Banerjee (3 for 30 in 1991) and Dilip Doshi (3 for 32 in 1980).

(Abhishek Kumar is a cricket devotee currently staffing with Criclife.com. He can be followed at @abhishekkr2593)