Gaurav SundararamanSenior stats analyst, ESPNcricinfo
7 Test wins for India in Australia. With this win, the MCG becomes their most successful venue in Australia, where they have won three Tests. This is also the second time India have won more than one Test in a series in Australia. They won two in 1977-78, but lost the five match series 3-2. This is the first time since 1986 that India have won more than one Test in the SENA (South Africa, England, New Zealand and Australia) countries.
11 Test wins away from home for Virat Kohli as captain. He has now equalled Sourav Ganguly at the top of the list for India captains. Kohli has reached this mark in 24 matches while Ganguly did it in 28. Kohli now has four wins in SENA countries, the most by any India captain, going past MS Dhoni and MAK Pataudi’s three.
0 Test losses for Kohli when he has won the toss. India, under Kohli, have won 18 games and drawn three, and have never lost a match when he has won the toss. India lost all five of their tosses in England, and won one toss out of three in South Africa.
20 Dismissals for Rishabh Pant in this series – the most by an India wicketkeeper in a series, going past the 19 dismissals by Naren Tamhane in 1954-55 and Syed Kirmani in 1979-80, both those series coming against Pakistan. All 20 of Pant’s dismissals have been catches – the most by a keeper from India.
47 Wickets taken by the India’s fast bowlers in this series – their second-biggest haul in a series in Australia. India’s quicks took 57 wickets in a five-match series in 1991-92. India’s fast bowlers have ended 2018 with 179 wickets at an average of 23.70.
8 Five-wicket hauls from India’s fast bowlers this year – the joint most with South Africa and West Indies, and the most for India in any year, going past the six five-wicket hauls they took in 1981.
9 for 86 Jasprit Bumrah‘s match figures – the best by an India fast bowler in Australia, and a personal best for Bumrah. Kapil Dev and Ajit Agarkar are the only other India quick bowlers to take eight in a Test in Australia. Australia’s Pat Cummins also achieved his best innings and match figures in a Test in this game, ending with match figures of 9 for 99.
4 Centuries for Australia in 10 Tests in 2018 – the fewest for them since 1996 when they had just two centuries but played only five Tests. Incidentally, three of the four centuries came in their first Test of the year, against England in Sydney, which they won.