The day-night affair at the newly inaugurated Motera Stadium witnessed several landmarks, with India completely dominating visitors on the friendly spin track.
A total of 30 wickets fell in two days, 28 of which belonged to the spinners, making it a unique feat in itself. A horrific display of batting technique from both sides was also one of the reasons the match ended in record time.
The match also saw the creation of several records in just two days.
TimesofIndia.com, here’s a look at the records created and destroyed in this pink ball test.
King Ashwin climbs Mount 400
Needing only 6 wickets before the match to reach the 400 wicket mark in testing, R Ashwin trapped Jofra Archer in front of his stumps in the second round to claim his historic wicket. Ashwin, who finished the match at 401 wickets, took a total of seven wickets in the match – 3 in the first and 4 in the second inning – to join the elite roster of Indian cricketers claiming 400 wickets in Test cricket. After Kapil Dev (434), Anil Kumble (619) and Harbhajan Singh (417), Ashwin is now the fourth Indian bowler to climb Mt 400. Offie is also the only sixth spinner (16th overall) in the world to achieve the feat. Playing only his 77th test, Ashwin also became the second fastest to reach the milestone after Sri Lankan legend Muttiah Muralitharan, who hit the 400 wicket mark in his 72nd test.
Axar Patel records 11-to-70 game numbers
Local boy Axar Patel was the star of the show for India as the left arm spinner ended with match numbers 11 for 70 – fifteen in both innings of a test – to stage a big win for India. Only two tries, Axar rocked England batsmen in both innings to set up a dream start to his tryout career. After registering 6-for-38 numbers in the opening rounds of the Pink Ball Test – the best numbers in a career, Axar won 5 wickets in the second – which also included a 2-wicket first. Axar, who entered the series as a replacement for the all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja, now has 3 five wickets in two tests.
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First fifer test for Joe Root
England missed a round by only playing one spinner in the third test, but something had to be done to make up for the error on a track that was helping the spinners a lot. Skipper Joe Root went on the attack in the morning session on Day 2 and by the end of it he was the highest wicket taker on his side. The part-time spinner claimed the wickets of Rishabh Pant, R Ashwin, Washington Sundar, Axar Patel and Jasprit Bumrah to claim his first five wicket test. Playing his 102nd test, Root before that game had the best numbers of 4 for 87, but played superbly on a spin friendly track to regroup India for 145 in their opening innings. Root ended with a stunning 5 for 8 in 6.2 overs.
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Virat kohli – The most successful captain in India
India’s dominant 10-wicket victory over England was also Virat Kohli’s 22nd place as captain on Indian soil. With the win, Kohli passed the legendary MS Dhoni – 21 wins in India – to become the most successful home captain. While Dhoni recorded 21 wins as captain in 30 tests, it took Kohli one less – 29 tests – to pass “Captain Cool”.
Shortest test after World War (by bullets)
Skipper Virat Kohli, in the post-match presentation, admitted that both teams’ stick quality was not up to par as the third test ended in just over five sessions. The Test is now the shortest match – in terms of deliveries played that ended in a result.
842 balls – India vs England (Ahmedabad 2020/21)
872 bullets – Australia v New Zealand (Wellington 1945/46)
883 balls – England v South Africa (Centurion 1999/00) – two sets lost in the match
893 balls – Australia vs Pakistan (Sharjah 2002/03)