Captain Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara made centuries and shared a stand of 226 to put India on course for a big first-innings total against England on the first day of the second Test in Vizag on Thursday.
Kohli was unbeaten on 151 and Ravichandran Ashwin on one as India reached 317 for four at the close after winning the toss in the first ever Test match in the port city of Visakhapatnam.
Following are the statistical highlights of day 1 of India vs England Vizag Test:
• Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara scored 226 runs for the third wicket.It was India’s third best third-wicket stand against England after 316-run stand between Gundappa Viswanath and Yashpal Sharma at Chennai in 1981-82 and 255-run partnership between Sourav Ganguly and Sachin Tendulkar at Nottingham in 1996.
• The Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujar stand was India’s first century stand for the third wicket in 14 years. The last third wicket stand was 150 between Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar at Leeds in 2002. The Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara stand was the first century stand in 43 innings.
• Cheteshwar Pujara became the 21st Indian and 182nd batsman overall to complete 3,000 runs in Test cricket. The right hand batsman from Rajkot reached this milestone during his 119-run knock.
• Cheteshwar Pujara took 67 innings to this milestone and joins Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid as the fifth fastest for India to this mark. Virender Sehwag scored these in 55 innings, the fastest for India.
• Cheteshwar Pujara also became the 14th Indian and 122nd batsman overall to hit 10 or more hundreds in Tests. Cheteshwar Pujara’s 10th century came in 67th innings of 40 Test matches. He also scored same number of fifties.
• Jayant Yadav became the eighth Indian cricketers to make a Test and ODI debut at the same ground. The off-spinner made his ODI debut last month against New Zealand at Visakhapatnam.
• India made two changes in this Test match. It was 19 consecutive Test match where India have fielded a different 11 under Virat Kohli’s captaincy.
• England fielded seven left-handed batsmen playing 11. This is the first time any team has played this many against India in a Test match. England fielded six left-hand batsmen in a Test match four times against India. The last time was in the previous Test match at Rajkot.
• Virat Kohli became the 28th Indian and 263rd player overall to appear in 50 or more Tests. The Indian skipper played 22 Test matches at home while appearerd in 28 Test matches outside India.
• Virat Kohli became the sixth Indian batsman after to score a century in their 50th Test match. Virat Kohli joined Sunil Gavaskar, VVS Laxman, Gundappa Vishwanath, Polly Umrigar and Kapil Dev in doing so.
(Compiled by S Pervez Qaiser)