WTC Final, IND vs NZ: Day 2, Stats Review – Virat Kohli achieves big milestones, unique landmark for India and more stats
This is Virat Kohli's 61st Test match as Indian captain going past MS Dhoni (60).
Updated - Jun 19, 2021 11:38 pm
The World Test Championship final between India and New Zealand has been adversely affected by rain so far. After the first day was completely washed out, only 64.4 overs could be bowled on the second day. Earlier at the toss, New Zealand captain Kane Willamson opted to bowl first. India did not make any changes to their already announced playing XI while the Kiwi team went with an all-out pace attack.
Indian openers Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill gave the team a good start with a 62-run partnership for the first wicket. However, both lost wickets at quick succession, and Indian number 3 Cheteshwar Pujara could also score only 8 runs. From there, captain Virat Kohli and his deputy Ajinkya Rahane ensured that team did not lose any more wickets. By the end of day 2, India has scored 146/3 in 64.4 overs. Virat Kohli was batting at 44 runs while Rahane was unbeaten at a score of 29 runs.
Let’s look at important stats and number after the end of the second day of the World Test Championship final between India and New Zealand:
1 – This match became the first-ever neutral Test for the Indian team in their Test cricket history.
1 – India included both spinners Ravi Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja along with pace trio of Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami in their playing XI. This is the first time when these five prime bowlers of India are playing together in a Test.
61 – This is Virat Kohli‘s 61st Test match as captain. With this, he surpassed MS Dhoni (60) in terms of most Tests as an Indian captain and grabbed the top spot.
62 – Shubman Gill and Rohit Sharma added 62 runs for the opening wicket in this match. This is only the second time when Indian openers have added 50+ runs in an ICC final. Before this, Sourav Ganguly and Sachin Tendulkar shared a 141-run partnership in Champions Trophy Final against New Zealand in 2000.
2011 – The opening partnership between Rohit and Gill was also the highest for India in England in Tests since the 63-run partnership between Gautam Gambhir and Abhinav Mukund in 2011.
6000 – Virat Kohli completed 6000 Test runs at number 4 in this Test becoming the second Indian after Sachin Tendulkar (13492) to reach the milestone.
2 – Virat also completed 6000 runs at number 4 as captain in international cricket. He is the second skipper after Allan Border (6111) to achieve this feat.
3 – In terms of most runs scored by a visiting captain in England, Virat surpassed Ricky Ponting to reach the third spot in the record tally.
200 – This is the 200th game for Trent Boult in international cricket, and he became the 19th player from New Zealand to reach the landmark.