Stats: KL Rahul equals the world record for fifty-plus scores in most consecutive Test innings

Rahul became the first Indian to score fifty or more in 7 consecutive innings in Test cricket.

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Indian cricketer Lokesh Rahul plays a shot. (Photo by LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI/AFP/Getty Images)

KL Rahul continued his streak of scoring fifties in the Test cricket as he struck an unbeaten 67 in the first session of the 3rd and final Test against Sri Lanka at Pallekele. With this fifty-plus score, Rahul registered his 7th fifty in this format in as many innings. Thus he became the first Indian to score fifty or more in 7 consecutive innings in Test cricket. In the previous Test of the ongoing series, he equalled the Indian record of 6 consecutive fifty-plus scores held by his fellow Karnataka men Gundappa Viswanath and Rahul Dravid.

Prior to KL Rahul, only five players have scored fifty-plus scores in 7 consecutive innings with the last one being Chris Rogers, who scored fifties in 7 consecutive innings between 2014 and 2015. Rogers failed to convert all those 7 fifties to hundreds while Rahul too got out before scoring fifties in his previous 6 outings and will be looking to convert at least this into triple digit.

Among the six batsmen with scores of fifty or more in 7 consecutive innings, only Sir Everton Weekes and Rahul are right-handed batsmen. Remaining four are left-handers. Rahul will be trying out his chances to set a record for 50+ scores in most consecutive innings in his next Test or the 2nd innings of the ongoing Test.

Fifty-plus scores in most consecutive innings in Test cricket:

Player Team Runs Inns Opposition Ground Start Date
Sir Everton Weekes West Indies 141 2 England Kingston 27-Mar-1948
128 1 India Delhi 10-Nov-1948
194 1 India Mumbai (BS) 9-Dec-1948
162 1 India Kolkata 31-Dec-1948
101 3 India Kolkata 31-Dec-1948
90 1 India Chennai 27-Jan-1949
56 1 India Mumbai (BS) 4-Feb-1949
Andy Flower Zimbabwe 65 3 New Zealand Harare 19-Sep-2000
183* 1 India Delhi 18-Nov-2000
70 3 India Delhi 18-Nov-2000
55 2 India Nagpur 25-Nov-2000
232* 3 India Nagpur 25-Nov-2000
79 2 New Zealand Wellington 26-Dec-2000
73 2 Bangladesh Bulawayo 19-Apr-2001
Shivnarine Chanderpaul West Indies 69 4 Pakistan Karachi 27-Nov-2006
74 2 England Lord’s 17-May-2007
50 2 England Manchester 7-Jun-2007
116* 4 England Manchester 7-Jun-2007
136* 1 England Chester-le-Street 15-Jun-2007
70 3 England Chester-le-Street 15-Jun-2007
104 1 South Africa Port Elizabeth 26-Dec-2007
Kumar Sangakkara Sri Lanka 75 2 Bangladesh Dhaka 27-Jan-2014
319 1 Bangladesh Chittagong 4-Feb-2014
105 3 Bangladesh Chittagong 4-Feb-2014
147 2 England Lord’s 12-Jun-2014
61 4 England Lord’s 12-Jun-2014
79 1 England Leeds 20-Jun-2014
55 3 England Leeds 20-Jun-2014
Chris Rogers Australia 55 2 India Brisbane 17-Dec-2014
55 4 India Brisbane 17-Dec-2014
57 1 India Melbourne 26-Dec-2014
69 3 India Melbourne 26-Dec-2014
95 1 India Sydney 6-Jan-2015
56 3 India Sydney 6-Jan-2015
95 2 England Cardiff 8-Jul-2015
KL Rahul India 90 1 Australia Bengaluru 4-Mar-2017
51 3 Australia Bengaluru 4-Mar-2017
67 2 Australia Ranchi 16-Mar-2017
60 2 Australia Dharamsala 25-Mar-2017
51* 4 Australia Dharamsala 25-Mar-2017
57 1 Sri Lanka Colombo (SSC) 3-Aug-2017
60* 1 Sri Lanka  Pallekele 12-Aug-2017

(Stats as on August 12, 2017, at the time of Lunch in Sri Lanka-India Test)