On 19/12/2020 India created a new Test record of lowest Innings score by being all out for 36 runs. This broke 46-years old record of 42 all out at Lord’s in 1974.
It was third day of Adelaide Day and Night Test. India had 53 runs first Innings lead. It had begun the day at 9/1. There was expectation of India batting well and scoring enough runs to win the Test.
Mayank Agarwal and night watchman Jasprit Bumrah began batting. Jasprit Bumrah scored 2 runs and was out caught and bowled Patrick James Cummins. India 15/2.
Cheteshwar Pujara came in. He played 8 balls. Did not score runs. He was out caught Australia captain and wicketkeeper Timothy David Paine and bowed Cummins. India 15/3.
Mayank Agarwal had resumed on 5. He had batted 21 balls on Day 2. He had played 19 balls and added 4 runs. He was out caught Paine bowled Josh Reginald Hazlewood. India 15/4.
Ajinkya Rahane was the fifth wicket to fall. He played 4 balls. Did not score runs. He was out caught Paine bowled Hazlewood. India 15/5.
Viral Kohli was the sixth wicket to fall. He played 8 balls, scored 4 runs. He was out caught Cameron Donald Green bowled Cummins. India 19/6.
At this time there was possibility of India being all out for less than 26 which is the world record held by New Zealand.
India put on 7 runs for 7th wicket and avoided beating New Zealand. Wriddhiman Saha played 15 balls, scored 4 runs. He was out caught Marnus Labuschagne bowled Hazlewood. India 26/7.
Ravichandran played 1 ball and was out on 0 caught Paine bowled Hazlewood. India 26/8.
Hanuma Vihari played 22 balls, scored 4 runs. He was out caught Paine bowled Hazlewood. India 31/9. India avoided equalling New Zealand’s record.
Mohammed Shami played 4 balls, scored 1 run. He was retired hurt. India all out on 36.
Umesh Yadav played 5 balls, scored 4 runs and remained not out.
Australia had to score 90 runs to win the Test. They did it for loss of 2 wickets.
Some made fun of India’s score. 49204084041. This is not a telephone number. This is score card of Indian cricket team.
No batsman reached double figure. In 1974 Eknath Solkar was 18 not out. Bhagwat Chandrashekhar did not play.
Cummins took 4 wickets for 21 runs. Hazlewood took 5 wickets for 8 runs. In 1974 Geoffrey Graham Arnold took 4 wickets for 19 runs. Christopher Old took 5 wickets for 21 runs.
Ajit Wadekar was captain of India in England in 1974. His cricket career was over after the series. Virat Kohli returns to India on paternity leave. Ajinkya Rahane is captain for next 3 Tests.
One astrologer had predicted Indian victory in 1974. One sports magazine had published it. The magazine stopped publishing his predictions after that.
India’s Test record of highest Innings score 759/7 was created on 19/12/2016 against England under Virat Kohli’s captaincy. Virat Kohli has both records of highest and lowest Innings scores.
Cricket is a great leveller.