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West Indies v India 2nd Test, Day 2 – Statistical Highlights

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Virat Kohli. (Photo by FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)

India ended the 2nd day with a huge lead in their kitty thanks to a collective batting effort from their batsmen. Opener KL Rahul top scored with 158 as India went to stumps at 357/5. Rahul, who looked all set for his maiden double ton fell 42 runs short of it but nevertheless created quite a few records. Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane chipped in with 40s. Here we look at all the stats recorded during 2nd day’s play.

1 – KL Rahul became the first Indian opener to score a century in his maiden Test innings in West Indies. Previous highest maiden Test score for an Indian opener in WI was 96 for Ajay Jadeja in 1997.

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3 – KL Rahul now has converted his first 3 fifty plus scores into centuries. Among Indians, only Mohammad Azharuddin has managed to convert his first 3 fifty plus scores into centuries.

3 – KL Rahul became the 3rd Indian to score all his first 3 centuries away from home. Sunil Gavaskar and Vinoo Mankad are the other two.

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3 – Number of sixes KL Rahul hit in his innings. Among Indians, only MS Dhoni (6 sixes at St John’s in 2006) hit more sixes than Rahul in a Test innings in West Indies.

4.75 – Batting average of KL Rahul in Tests in the innings where he didn’t score a century. This is the 5th lowest average among the ones who have batted 8 or more times in top 7 excluding their centuries. Interestingly, 3 of the top 4 in this list have never scored a century.

6 – KL Rahul hit a six to bring up his century. Earlier in 2016, he brought up his maiden ODI ton with a six as well. Last Indian to bring up his Test century with a six was Rohit Sharma at Mumbai against West Indies in 2013.

9 – Number of innings KL Rahul took to score 3 away centuries as an opener in Test cricket. Among Indians, only Sunil Gavaskar (7 innings) took fewer than Rahul.

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28.93 – Cheteshwar Pujara’s strike rate in the first innings is the lowest for an Indian (Min: 120 or balls) since Rahul Dravid’s 44 off 152 balls against Sri Lanka at Galle in 2010. Dravid had a strike rate of 28.95, marginally better than Pujara’s.

130 – Highest score by an Indian in maiden Test innings in WI before KL Rahul’s 158 was Polly Umigar’s 130 against West Indies in 1953 at Port of Spain.

158 – KL Rahul’s 158 is now the 3rd highest score by any player in his maiden Test innings in WI. Glenn Turner’s 223* and A Hudosn’s 163 are at top in this list.

2009 – Last time an Indian opener before KL Rahul scored 150+ outside Asia was Gautam Gambhir against New Zealand in 2009 at Wellington.

2011 – Last time India had fifty plus stands for the first 3 wickets in a Test innings before this game was in 2011 also vs West Indies at Mumbai.

2011 – Last time an Indian hit 3 or more sixes in a Test innings outside Asia was MS Dhoni (3) at Birmingham vs England in 2011. Since 2011, Rohit Sharma (3 sixes vs Sri Lanka in 2015 at Colombo (PSS)) is only player before Rahul to hit 3 or more sixes in a Test innings away from home.

2011 – Last time an Indian before KL Rahul brought his century outside home with a six was Sachin Tendulkar in 2011 at Cape Town against South Africa.

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