Better late than never to get this post out.
13 Tests, 4 visiting countries, innumerable records. Call it home advantage, call it “not the real Test”, call it whatever, our boys have gone there and shown who the boss is, in subcontinental conditions. Winning 10 out of 13 Tests is no joke. As the boys have switched gears to the eye-catching T20 format of the IPL, let’s sit back and look at some numbers from the Grand Home Season of the No. 1 Test Team in the World.
No points for guessing who the Top 2 run getters for India were in the season. Pujara with 2 innings more than Kohli tops the chart in terms of runs scored, with more than 1300 runs in 23 innings at an average of 62.66. Remember this includes a Duck in the last Test against Aus where he was run out. With 8 fifties and 4 hundreds (1 of them a double ton), Pujara has managed to score 50+ for more than 50% of the innings he’s gone out there. That 525 ball marathon in Ranchi is one for the ages.
When doubts of whether Kohli is from Earth or some other planet started cropping up after the England series, the Australia series brought him down to earth, proving he too is human. Despite a horrific Test series against Australia, he is the second highest run scorer in the Home season, at an average of 65.89. For someone who has shots for every part of the ground, Kohli managed only 2 sixes in the 12 Tests. This shows the kind of evolution he’s got into his Test game. Kohli averaged 109.16 against the English, scoring 655 runs in 8 innings.
Karun Nair apart from the 303* in Chennai, amassed 71 runs in total in 6 innings averaging under 12. KL Rahul was phenomenal against the Aussies scoring 50+ in almost every innings, in some not-so-easy batting conditions. He has cemented that opening spot for himself, now. Vijay and Rahane haven’t shown consistency, averaging less than 40 in the season. Ravindra Jadeja and Saha both averaged more than 40 in the season, adding some valuable match winning/saving runs throughout. Jadeja also scored his runs quickly, striking at 68.55 and smashing 21 sixes, most in the series. Invaluable. No wonder he was the Man of the Series, rightly.
Expect more posts in this series – on Indian bowling, visiting batsmen, visiting bowlers.
For now, it’s a wrap.