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5 unwanted records India made with their horror show in the 1st Test at Adelaide

December 21, 2020

Written By,

Durba

India put up one of their worst batting shows as they crumbled for just 36 in the 1st Test against Australia in the Border-Gavaskar trophy. With Australia requiring only 90 runs to chase, it was quite evident who would win the 1st Test. Australia chased the total with relative ease, and India lost the Test by 8 wickets. Here is a list of 5 records that India created and wouldn’t be proud about:

1. India’s lowest Test total ever

India’s score of 36 at Adelaide was their lowest ever total in Test history. Their previous record was 42 against England back in 1974 at the Lord’s Cricket Ground. England ultimately won the Test by a huge margin of an innings and 285 runs.

2. Lowest total by any side in 65 years

India’s abysmal total of only 36 is the lowest registered by any side in the past 65 years. The lowest total was New Zealand’s 26 against England at Auckland back in 1955.

3. No batsman put up double figures in the entire innings

Remarkably, this is also a quite unbelievable record that India managed in the 1st Test. Not a single batsman managed to score more than 10 runs in the entire innings. In fact, India’s highest run-scorer in the 2nd innings was Mayank Agarwal. Agarwal could only score 9 runs for the Men in Blue.

The last time this happened was 96 years ago when South Africa faced England. In 1924, South Africa was bowled out for just 30. Their highest run-scorer was Herbie Taylor, who only contributed 7 runs to the total. Amazingly, 11 of the 30 runs SA scored were from extras.

4. 5th lowest total in Test cricket history

The Men in Blue’s total of 36 is now the joint 5 lowest in Test cricket history. South Africa has the ill-fate of holding the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th spot in this list. The whole team got out for 30 twice against England. They then crumbled for a dismal 35 against England in 1899. Lastly, they managed only 36 runs against Australia in 1932, a record equaled by India at Adelaide.

5. India’s lowest total prior to the fall of the 6th wicket

India lost 6 wickets, managing to post only 19 runs in total. Their previous lowest total prior to the loss of the 6th wicket was in Durban in 1996. India was eventually bowled out for just 66 runs.

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Written By,

Durba