Stats: Cheteshwar Pujara and Ravichandran Ashwin's career record after 50 Tests

Stats: Cheteshwar Pujara and Ravichandran Ashwin’s career record after 50 Tests

While Ashwin just played his 50th game in the first Test at Galle while the 2nd Test at Colombo SSC will be the Test No.50 for Pujara.

Cheteshwar Pujara
Cheteshwar Pujara. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Cheteshwar Pujara and Ravichandran Ashwin have stood out as the pillars of the Indian Test side and played a key role in their unprecedented success in the last two years in the longer format. While Pujara failed to establish a mark in the limited-overs team and has been a Test specialist while Ashwin’s credentials in the shorter forms have been downgraded over the last couple of years but he has continued to touch new highs as far as the Test cricket is concerned.

While Ashwin just played his 50th game in the first Test at Galle while the 2nd Test at Colombo SSC will be the Test No.50 for Pujara. In the 49 Test matches so far, the Indian No.3 has amassed 3966 runs. Among the Indian players who have played 50 Tests, only Sunil Gavaskar, Rahul Dravid and Virender Sehwag have scored over 4000 runs at end of their 50th Test match. If Pujara has a similar game at the SSC like he had at Galle, he can finish behind Gavaskar with the most runs scored by an Indian after 50 Tests.

Only Gavaskar (20) and Virat Kohli (14) have scored more centuries than Pujara (12) in the first 50 Tests of their career. Pujara has been dismissed for a duck only three times in his career so far; the 2nd fewest ducks among Indians who played 49 Test matches behind Rahul Dravid (2 ducks).

Most runs for India in the first 50 Tests of their career:

(Pujara’s tally is of 49 Tests only)

Player Innings Runs HS Average 100s 50s
Sunil Gavaskar 93 4947 221 57.52 20 21
Rahul Dravid 88 4135 200* 52.34 9 22
Virender Sehwag 83 4103 309 51.28 12 12
Cheteshwara Pujara 83 3966 206* 52.18 12 15
Virat Kohli 86 3891 211 48.03 14 13
Gautam Gambhir 90 3770 206 44.35 9 19
Gundappa Vishwanath 92 3712 145 43.67 7 24
VVS Laxman 83 3460 281 47.39 7 18
Sachin Tendulkar 77 3438 179 49.82 11 16
Murali Vijay 85 3389 167 40.34 9 15

 

Ravichandran Ashwin
Ravichandran Ashwin. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Ravichandran Ashwin, on the other hand, has recorded the highest numbers in various aspects after 50 Tests. With a total of 279 wickets so far, Ashwin has 17 wickets more than the 2nd best Dennis Lillee who picked up 262 in the same parameter.

Most wickets after 50 Test matches:

Player Innings Overs Maidens Runs Wickets Average Econ S/R 5WI 10WM
Ravichandran Ashwin 94 2460.4 499 7086 279 25.39 2.87 52.9 25 7
Dennis Lillee 96 (13330 balls) 652 6130 262 23.39 2.75 50.8 18 5
Dale Steyn 93 1715.3 325 5956 260 22.9 3.47 39.5 17 4
Alan Donald 90 1930.3 473 5551 251 22.11 2.87 46.1 16 2
Muttiah Muralitharan 78 2621.3 661 6460 245 26.36 2.46 64.2 18 3
Waqar Younis 90 1674.4 325 5384 244 22.06 3.21 41.1 19 4
Malcolm Marshall 93 1852.4 398 5119 239 21.41 2.76 46.5 14 2

 

(Stats as on August 2, 2017)