Steve O'Keefe's 12 for 70 is the best bowling figures by an Australian in India © IANS
Steve O’Keefe’s 12 for 70 is the best bowling figures by an Australian in India © IANS

Steve O’Keefe’s match haul of 12 for 70 handed the No. 2-ranked Australia an upset win over top-ranked India inside three days over India at Pune. O’Keefe’s heroics enabled Australia to register their first Test win on Indian soil since 2004-05. They have now taken a 1-0 lead in the four-Test series. O’Keefe, 32, returned impressive figures of 6 for 35 in each innings as he got good support from his senior colleague Nathan Lyon, who bagged 5 for 74 at India’s newest Test venue, while the remaining 3 wickets were shared by fast bowlers Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood. O’Keefe broke many records in the process. We present some of them here:

2nd-best bowling figures by a visiting bowler on his maiden Test in India: O’Keefe’s 12 for 70. O’Keefe’s figures have been bettered by only Ian Botham (13 for 106 at Bombay in 1979-80). O’Keefe also became the 6th visiting bowler and 2nd from Australia to take a 10-wicket haul on his maiden Test in India after Botham (mentioned above), Neil Foster (11 for 163 at Madras in 1984-85), Greg Matthews (10 for 249 at Madras in 1986-87), Saqlain Mushtaq (10 for 187 at Chennai in 1998-99) and Jason Krejza (12 for 358 at Nagpur, 2008-09). These are also the 10th-best bowling figures by an Australian.

1 bowler with better figures than O’Keefe in India. Botham’s 13 for 106 are still the best bowling figures by any visiting bowler in India. However, O’Keefe broke the Australian record of 12 for 124 by Alan Davidson at Kanpur in 1959-60.

0 better figures O’Keefe when it comes to identical figures in each innings of a Test. He scalped exactly 6 for 35 in each innings, going past 6 for 52 in each innings by Bhagwat Chandrasekhar against Australia at Melbourne in 1977-78.

2nd-oldest visiting bowler to take a 12-wicket haul in India: O’Keefe. He is 32 years 76 days, and is only behind George Dymock, who was 34 years 73 days when he took 12 for 166 in 1979-80. O’Keefe is also the third bowler to take a 12-for among the players after 30, after Dymock and Davidson, whose 12 for 124 in 1959-60 came at 30 years 188 days. Obviously, O’Keefe has done it twice.

7th visiting bowler to take a 12 wicket-haul in a Test in India: O’Keefe, after Botham (mentioned above), Fazal Mahmood (12 for 94 in 1952-53), Andy Roberts (12 for 121 in 1974-75), Davidson, Dymock and Krejza (all mentioned above).

2.48 economy rate of O’Keefe in the Test, 4th-best by an Australian and 10th overall by a visiting bowler in India with 10 wickets in a Test. The three Australians with better economy rates are Davidson (1.59), Graham McKenzie (1.73) and Richie Benaud (1.96).

14 strike rate of O’Keefe in this Test, the best by any visiting bowler in Asia with 10 wickets in a Test. The previous best was of 15.6 by Starc, against Sri Lanka at Galle in 2016. This is also the 2nd-best strike-rate for any Australian in a Test after Bert Ironmonger’s 12.4 (11 for 24 in 22.5 overs against South Africa in 1931-32).

8th Australian to take 6 wickets in each innings of a Test: O’Keefe. The other seven were Fred Spofforth (1878-79 and 1882), Hugh Trumble (1896), Monty Noble (1901-02), Clarrie Grimmett (1931-32 and 1935-36), Bob Massie (1972), Bruce Reid (1990-91 and 1991-92) and Shane Warne (2005-06). O’Keefe also became the 2nd visiting bowler to do so in India after Botham (mentioned above).

5 runs conceded by O’Keefe for his 6 wickets in the first innings (he went from 0 for 30 to 6 for 35). This is the joint 6th-best 6-wicket spell in history after 6 for 0 (Jermaine Lawson), 6 for 2 (Derek Underwood) and 6 for 4 (Fred Trueman, Underwood and Phil Tufnell). Trueman and Stuart Broad also had spells of 6 for 5. Courtesy: Charles Davis.

1st left-arm Australian spinner to open bowling in India: O’Keefe. He also became the 4th Australian spinner to open bowling in India after Nathan Lyon (twice) in 2012-13, Glenn Maxwell in 2012-13 and Nathan Hauritz in 2004-05.

169 balls bowled by O’Keefe in the Test, the least by an Australian to take 12 wickets. The previous record was 199 overs by Mitchell Johnson against South Africa in 2013-14. Overall, this was the fourth least number of overs bowled to take 12 wickets. O’Keefe is also 4th on the overall table, after George Lohmann (15 for 45 in 128 and 12 for 71 in 157), Johnny Briggs (15 for 28 in 135) and Danish Kaneria (12 for 94 in 168).