Smith and Jadeja shine brightest: India-Australia in Opta numbers


India's Test series with Australia proved a thriller, the hosts ultimately battling back from a shock defeat in Pune to triumph 2-1 thanks to an eight-wicket victory in Dharamsala that was completed on Tuesday.

As a result of India's success, the Border-Gavaskar Trophy has now changed hands in each of the last five series between the teams.

With the aid of Opta data, we highlight some of the more intriguing statistics to have emerged from a fascinating duel.


1 - India have only lost one of their last 24 home Tests, that reversal coming in Pune last month when Virat Kohli's side were sensationally skittled for 105 and 107 on their way to a 333-run defeat.

6 - KL Rahul passed 50 in six innings, with no other player achieving the feat more than thrice. However, the India opener was unable to reach three figures - his top score the 90 he managed in the first innings in Bangalore.

499 - In contrast to Rahul, Steve Smith pressed on to make a century on each of the three occasions he made it to 50. Australia's captain ended the series with 499 runs from eight innings, at a sparkling average of 71.28.

202 - The only other batsman to average more than 50 in the series was Cheteshwar Pujara. That owed much to India's number three registering the highest individual score of the series when making 202 during the drawn third Test in Ranchi.

25 - Ravindra Jadeja led the way in terms of wicket-taking, claiming 25 scalps at 18.56. Jadeja also made two fifties with the bat and was named man of the series.

8 - The best bowling figures of the series were recorded by Nathan Lyon in Bangalore, the Australia off-spinner taking 8-50.