Sans Virat Kohli, Team India thwarted any inhibitions or doubts on their skill, capability, and bravery on Monday, January 11, 2021. Squaring off against the best Test side in the world, India shut off the Australians in Sydney and saved the third Test match of the four-match series, which will be remembered for a very long time. Ravichandran Ashwin and Hanuma Vihari’s valiant effort will go right up beside the names of Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman (for Adelaide Test in 2003).
The defining partnership of 62* runs from 259 balls for the sixth wicket saw Tim Paine call it a day with 6 balls left. Ravichandran Ashwin and Hanuma Vihari’s defiance of the highest quality humbled the hosts as India salvaged an unlikely draw to keep the series alive.
Australia haven’t won a Test series at home when they did not have a lead at the end of the third Test. The last time it happened was against West Indies in 1960-61.
Nathan Lyon’s lowest strike rate in a home series – 128 (He picked up six wickets in 128 overs).
The most number of balls faced by Ashwin while batting in fourth innings – 128, since 2017. It came after 41 innings.
Hanuma Vihari’s strike rate in his innings of unbeaten 23 off 161 balls is the second-lowest ever by an Indian batsman behind Yashpal Sharma’s 8.28 vs Australia in Adelaide in 1980/81. (Taking into count – an innings of 150 or more balls – where balls faced details available).
Pujara became the 11th player from India to reach 6000 Test runs. He took 134 innings to reach the landmark.
Rishabh Pant’s 97 is the second-best score by a wicketkeeper in the fourth innings. The first one was also by Pant, 118 against England at the Oval in 2018.
Pujara and Pant’s 148 run stand is the best Indian partnership for the fourth wicket in the fourth innings of a Test.
India’s 131 overs batting in the fourth innings is the most by an Asian team in Australia to save a Test match. The visitors bettered their previous record of 89.5 at the SCG.
131 overs are the most overs batted by India in the fourth innings of a Test in the last four decades.
It was since 1979 that India batted more overs in the fourth innings to save a Test match. Exactly 41 years ago against England at the Oval.