Series Stats Wrap: Rohit, Virat & Team India’s Big Records vs SA

India took just nine minutes on day four of the Ranchi Test to wrap up the third and final test against South Africa and complete a first-ever 3-0 series whitewash over the Proteas with an innings and 202-run victory on Tuesday.

Resuming at 132/8 in its second innings, South Africa added one run off 10 balls before debutant Shahbaz Nadeem took the final two wickets off consecutive deliveries to give India a record victory over South Africa.

As the three-match series wraps up and the Proteas head home, here’s a look at all the records that were broken through the entire series which has proven to be landmark one for Rohit Sharma and skipper Virat Kohli.

Captain Kohli’s Cool Run
  • With nine wins by an innings margin, Virat Kohli has emulated an Indian record held by Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
  • Kohli, with a 3-0 series win, has become the first Indian skipper to record three clean sweeps by such a margin - the first two occasions being vs New Zealand in 2016-17 and vs Sri Lanka in 2017.
  • India's victory by an innings & 202 runs is their largest over South Africa in Tests, eclipsing the win by an innings & 137 runs at Pune in the just concluded series.
  • South Africa have suffered their joint-third biggest defeat in Tests - their biggest being by an innings and 360 runs to South Africa at Johannesburg in 2001-02.
  • Under Virat Kohli's captaincy, India enjoy a success percentage of 60.78, winning 31, losing ten and drawing the remaining 10 out of 51 contested. Kohli has extended his captaincy record for India in Tests.
  • At home, Kohli enjoys success percentage of 75, winning 18, losing one and drawing the remaining five out of 24 contested.
  • Against South Africa, Virat has won seven Tests out of ten played - the most by him against any opponent. He is the only captain to win seven Tests in India- South Africa Tests (also lost two and drawn one).
  • Kohli, with seven double hundreds, has set an Indian record. He is the first Indian captain to post a double century against South Africa.
  • Kohli is the first captain in Test annals to post hundreds against six different opponents -
Rohit’s Dream Debut as Test Opener
  • In the Ranchi Test, Rohit Sharma (212) became the fifth Indian batsman to outscore the opponent (SA 162 & 133) in each innings, joining Vinoo Mankad, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli.
  • Rohit received the second Player of the Series award - his first was against West Indies in India in 2013-14, aggregating 288 (ave 288.00) in two matches.
  • Rohit got the third Man of the Match award with his career-best 212 at Ranchi - his first double century in Tests.
  • Rohit became the first Indian batsman to reach 200 with a six. Also became the first Indian batsman to complete 100 and 200 with sixes in the same innings.
  • Registered 176 & 127 in the Visakhapatnam Test - the second Indian opener to post a century in each innings of a Test match. Sunil Gavaskar had accomplished the feat three times.
  • Became the only batsman to post two centuries in his first Test as an opener. The 303 runs amassed by him are also the most by a batsman opening for the first time, eclipsing the 215 by Sri Lanka's Hashan Tillakaratne - 92 & 123 not out against New Zealand at Galle in August 2009.
  • Rohit became the only Indian opener to post a hundred in each innings of a Test match in a winning cause.
  • Rohit hit 13 sixes in the Visakhapatnam Test, establishing a world record for most sixes in a Test match, bettering the 12 by Pakistan's Wasim Akram during his innings of 257 not out vs Zimbabwe at Sheikhupura in October 1996.
  • Rohit had become the first Indian player to be stumped in both the innings of a Test match. Also became the first player in the history of Test cricket to be stumped after scoring a hundred in both the innings.
  • Rohit scored 529 runs at an average of 132.25 in four innings in the three-Test series - a career-best. The said tally is the highest by a batsman in a Test series involving India and South Africa.
  • Rohit has become the first Indian batsman to manage 500 runs in just four innings in a Test series.
  • Rohit recorded 19 sixes in the series - a world record, outstripping the 15 by West Indian Shimron Hetmyer against Bangladesh in the two-Test series in 2018-19.
India are series champions on day four of the third test match between India and South Africa held at the JSCA International Stadium Complex, Ranchi India on the 22nd October 2019
More Indian Feats
  • For the first time in a three-Test series, India could not be dismissed even once.
  • India have provided the first instance of a double century in all three Tests of a three-match series - Mayank Aggarwal (215) in Visakhapatnam; Virat Kohli (254 not out) in Pune and Rohit Sharma (212) in Ranchi.
  • Umesh Yadav posted a career-best score of 31, including five sixes - a record for most sixes by a batsman without hitting a four.
  • Indian openers managed 525 runs at an average of 131.25, including three hundreds in the Visakhapatnam Test - an Indian record. Mayank Aggarwal scored 215 & 7 and Rohit Sharma 176 & 127.
  • 65 sixes in the series is a new record for a three-Test rubber. The record in a five-Test series remains the 65 in the 2013-14 Ashes series.
  • Ravichandran Ashwin, with 15 wickets at 25.26 runs apiece, has finished as the top wicket-taker on either side in the series. Ravindra Jadeja (13), Mohammed Shami (13) and Umesh Yadav (11) are next three in the list.
  • For South Africa, Kagiso Rabada took seven wickets at 40.71 in three Tests - the most.
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