After winning the second Test in Kolkata and going up 2-0 in the three-match series, Virat Kohli’s India are now back to the top of the Test rankings after Pakistan took over the spot during their 2-2 draw in England. A lot of other numbers made for interesting reading while India continued their fine form in the longest format of the game. They’ve had a good 12 months, as is evident from the ascendance to the top.
Let’s take a look at some statistical highlights – some are true, some MAY be true – with one Test left to go (subject to BCCI mood swings) in Indore:
250 – number of home Tests played by India.
89 – number of home Tests won by India.
131 – number of total Tests won by India, out of 501 played.
11 – number of Tests won by India in their last 12, after losing against Sri Lanka at Galle in 2015.
11 – number of Tests left for India to play in this home season.
9 – number of Tests won by India under Virat Kohli, out of 16 played.
4 – consecutive Test series victory by India in the one year.
3 – number of Indian fans keeping track of these Kohli-ish records after being hooked by the nostalgia of watching the MS Dhoni biopic.
14 – number of Test fifties in two tests this series without a single century.
15 – number of LBW dismissals in the Kolkata Test.
16 – number of people, including Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma’s family, that are convinced Rohit will play every single Test this season after his 82 in the second innings.
4 – number of times Shikhar Dhawan tried to fracture his thumb against Trent Boult so that he wouldn’t have to bear the ignominy of being dropped for 35-year-old Gautam Gambhir in the next Test.
4 – number of Indian keepers, including Saha, to score two fifties in a Test.
4 – number of Indian batsmen ever, including Saha, to score two unbeaten fifties in a Test.
81 – number of months it has been since Gambhir last scored a Test century.
26 – number of months it has been since Gambhir last played a Test match.
25 – number of runs scored by Gambhir in his last Test series, over four innings, against England in 2014.
10 – Ross Taylor’s average in Tests since the Zimbabwe tour.
14 – Virat Kohli’s Test average since his 200 against West Indies.
14 – number of wickets by R. Ashwin in two Tests this series.
100 – number of months it has been since India first achieved the no. 1 Test ranking (2008, against Sri Lanka).
99 – number of seconds Kohli couldn’t stop smiling for after he heard Ross Taylor utter a desi expletive on the field.