Steve O’Keefe has capped a remarkable match as the most successful foreign spinner ever in a single Test in India.
Steve collected 6-35 on Saturday to go with his 6-35 in India’s first innings to finish with match figures of 12-70 and zoom past former record-holder and compatriot Jason Krejza, who claimed 12-358 in Nagpur in November, 2008.
The 31-year-old now boasts the best match figures by any Australian left-arm spinner and was the driving force behind Australia securing a 1-0 series win, their first victory in India since 2004.
Operating from around the wicket on day three, Steve removed right-handers Murali Vijay (2), Virat Kohli (13), Ajinkya Rahane (18), Ravichandran Ahswin (8), Wriddihiman Saha (5) and Cheteshwar Pujara (31) inside 13 chaotic overs.
Steve had the ball on a string on Saturday to mesmerize the home side considered to be the best players of spin in the world.
His haul of 12-70 is the fourth best by an Australian bowler away from home, with only Bob Massie’s 16-137 at Lord’s in 1972, Fred Spofforth’s 14-90 at The Oval in 1882 and Clarrie Grimmett’s 13-173 in Durban in 1936 ahead of him.
With the wicket of Kohli, O’Keefe moved past Ray Bright’s 7-182 in the 1986 tied Test in Madras (now Chennai) as the best match figures by an Australian southpaw spinner on Indian soil.
Steve becomes just the sixth Australian left-arm spinner to take 10 wickets in a Test match, and the first since Michael Bevan in January 1997, joining Bert Ironmonger, Charlie Macartney, Allan Border, Bright and Bevan.
Only two other Australian left-arm bowlers have taken a 10-wicket haul in the subcontinent; Allan Davidson claimed 12-124 in December, 1959, and Geoff Dymock produced 12-166 in October, 1979.
Steve’s figures were the 10th best by an Australian of all-time, home or away, and the best match return by an Australian in 27 years, since Bruce Reid’s 13-148 in the 1990 Boxing Day Test against England.