Chennai has a special place for the visiting English sides. Here at the MA Chidambaram Stadium, the eighth wicket pair of Adil Rashid and Liam Dawson erased a long standing record after they added 108 runs.
At the same ground, some 83 years ago, Hedley Verity and Douglas Jardine, of the Bodyline Series fame, had combined to total 97 runs for the eighth wicket at the same very venue during the 1933/34 season. This was the first ever time that the English had set foot in this part of the world to play cricket. (HIGHLIGHTS)
Rashid-Dawson partnership that came on the Day Two of the Chennai Test is now also the third best stand for the eighth wicket. The highest-ever mark for this wicket stands in the name of former England skipper Ray Illingworth and Peter Lever, who put together 168 runs at Manchester in 1971. The 138-run partnership between Walter Robins and Hedley Verity during the 1936 series is a distant second.
Rashid (60) and Dawson (66*) touched another historic feat for England on Saturday. They became the second sets of England No.8 and No.9 batsmen to record a half-century against India during the same innings. The first time such a feat had been was at Manchester in 1936 when Walter Robins scored 76 at number 8 and Hedley Verity made 66*.
There were several other statistical highlights after the Day Two of the Chennai Test apart from the Rashid-Dawson partnerships. Here’s a look:
*Liam Dawson’s score of 66* was the highest score by a No.8 England batsmen on debut. David Bairstow’s 59 at The Oval in 1979 was the previous best for England in this position.
*Dawson’s core of 66* was the fifth highest individual score by number eight batsman on debut against India in Tests. New Zealand’s James Neesham, who scored 137* at Wellington in 2013-14, holds the mark of the highest individual score on debut.
*On Saturday Moeen Ali recorded his highest score in away Tests by making 146. It was his second highest score in Tests after an unbeaten 155 against Sri Lanka at Chester-le-Street in 2016.
(With inputs from S Pervez Qaiser)