India vs England, 2021 - 1st Test, Day 1: A record day for Joe Root, Worst start for Virat Kohli's men since 2015 and more stats

India vs England, 2021 – 1st Test, Day 1: A record day for Joe Root, Worst start for Virat Kohli’s men since 2015 and more stats

Here are all the statistical highlights from Day 1 of the first Test between India and England

Joe Root
Joe Root. (Photo Source: BCCI)

The first day of the opening Test of the four-match series between India and England belonged to the visitors. After opting to bat first, Dom Sibley and Rory Burns added 63 runs but the latter and Dan Lawrence fell on the same score to give India an opening. However, Joe Root and Dom Sibley stitched a partnership of 200 runs for the third wicket with the England skipper scoring an unbeaten 128 by the end of the day. Jasprit Bumrah dismissed Sibley for 87 on what turned out to be the last ball of the day as England ended Day 1 on 263/3.

Here are all the statistical highlights from Day 1 of the first Test between India and England:

A record day for Joe Root

69 – Joe Root has now registered 69 50+ scores in Tests for England which are the second most. He went past Ian Bell who had gone past the 50-run mark on 68 occasions. Alastair Cook is at the top of the pile with 90 scores of more than 50.

128* – Joe Root, with his unbeaten 128, has now scored the highest individual score in the 100th Test for England. Colin Cowdrey (104 vs Australia) and Alec Stewart (105 vs West Indies) are the other players to score a ton in the 100th Test for England.

1 – Root is the first player ever to score a century in his 98th, 99th, and 100th Test. He is also the 9th player overall to score a century in the 100th Test.


Joe Root marches on in his Test career

30 years and 37 days – Joe Root is now the third-youngest player to feature in 100 Tests. Alastair Cook (28 years and 353 days) and Sachin Tendulkar (29 years and 134 days) were younger than Root when they played their 100th Test match.


Joe Root’s impeccable record in India

1 – Joe Root is the first-ever player to score at least fifty in each of his first seven Test matches in India.

The England skipper also joined VVS Laxman (2009-2010) and Alvin Kalicharan (1974-1979) in scoring seven consecutive fifties in India in the longest format of the game. Javed Miandad owns this record having scored eight fifty-plus scores in as many Tests played in India.


Worst first day for India in Tests since 2015

3 – India could only pick three wickets on the first day of the ongoing Chennai Test. This is the worst start for them in Tests since 2015. India had picked only two wickets in the SCG Test against Australia in 2015.


Burns and Sibley apply themselves

63 – Rory Burns and Dom Sibley scored 63 runs for the first wicket. This is the first half-century partnership by a visiting pair in India since Matt Renshaw and David Warner did it in the 2017 Ranchi Test. There was no fifty partnership from a visiting opening pair for 25 innings before today.


Sibley and Root frustrate India

200 – Joe Root and Dom Sibley is the first visiting pair to stitch a double-century partnership in India since the 208-run stand between Jonathan Trott and Ian Bell in the 2012 Nagpur Test.


Jasprit Bumrah’s maiden Test at home

17 – Jasprit Bumrah played his first Test match at home after featuring in 17 matches in the format. Even Daren Ganga took the same number of matches to play at home in Tests (These numbers are taken considering UAE 2009-2018 phase as Pakistan’s home)


Indian Umpires after 27 years in a Test in India

27 – Nitin Menon and Anil Choudhury are the ground umpires for the ongoing Chennai Test. The last time two Indian umpires officiated in a Test in India was in 1994 in Ahmedabad for a game between India and Sri Lanka. AL Narsimhan and VK Ramaswamy were the two umpires.