India v New Zealand 1st Test, Day 1 – Statistical Highlights

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India had a mixed opening day in the Test series against New Zealand at Kanpur after electing to bat first. With the help of fifties from Vijay and Pujara, India were placed at 154/1 after 3 hours of day’s play. However, some tight bowling from the visitors and loose shots from the home side batsmen made sure India ended the first day at 291/9 in their historic 500th Test match. Here we look at all the stats and records recorded during 1st day’s play.

4 – For the first time in Indian Test history, 4 players with at least one first-class triple century featured in Indian XI. In the current XI, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Rohit Sharma and Ravindra Jadeja have scored a triple ton in FC.


5 – 5 out of India’s top 7 got out between 30 and 70 in the first innings. This is only the 3rd instance in Tests where 5 out of India’s top 7 got out between 30 and 70. Most for India is 6 times which was also vs New Zealand and also at Kanpur in 1996.

5 – Virat Kohli now has won all tosses in the 5 matches when he led India at home. He became only the 2nd Indian captain to win all tosses in the first 5 home Tests.

14.66 – Virat Kohli’s average in Tests against Neil Wagner. Kohli scored 44 runs against Wagner in 77 balls and got out trice.

16 – Number of fifty plus scores Murali Vijay has scored in Tests since 2013, joint most by any Indian in this format since 2013. Virat Kohli also has 16 fifty plus scores.

22 – Number of Test matches Green Park Stadium in Kanpur has hosted so far, the 5th most by a venue in India.

28 – Innings taken by Cheteshwar Pujara to complete 1500 runs in India in Tests, the joint 2nd fastest by an Indian at home. Mohammad Azharuddin took 27 innings while Virender Sehwag also took 28 innings.

105 – Runs scored by India in the 1st session, the 3rd most runs India scored in the opening session of a Test match since 2012.

275 – Runs scored by Ravi Ashwin in Tests in 2016, the most by an Indian so far. His 17 wickets this year with the ball are also the most in Tests for India.

500 – India became the first Asian country and 4th in overall to play 500 Tests. Among the 4 countries, India has taken the least time period to play 500 tests.

2012 – Last Indian keeper before Wriddhiman Saha to be dismissed for a duck in home Test was MS Dhoni in 2012 vs England at Kolkata.

2014 – Last time India’s top 3 batsmen scored 30+ in the same Test innings was in 2014 against England in 2nd innings at Lord’s.

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