India vs England 1st Test, Day 1: Statistical highlights

Ahmedabad: Statistical highlights on the opening day of the first Test between India and England on Thursday.

  • Cheteshwar Pujara (98 not out) has registered his second fifty in Tests and his second highest innings in Tests, behind the 159 against New Zealand at Hyderabad in August 2012.
  • Thanks to his aforesaid unbeaten innings, Pujara is averaging 52.62 in Tests - 421 runs in nine innings.
  • Graeme Swann (4/85) has registered his best bowling figures in Tests in India - his second best overall, next only to his 6 for 106 at The Oval in 2012.
  • Swann has overtaken Jim Laker`s tally of 193 (ave21.24) in 46 Tests. His tally of 196 (ave 29.41) in 47 Tests is the second highest by an English spinner, next only to Derek Underwood`s 297.
  • Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir put on 134 - their first century partnership in 16 innings. They had put on 137 against South Africa at Centurion Park in December 2010 - their last century stand for the first wicket in Tests.
  • The above hundred stand is the eleventh for the first wicket between Gambhir and Sehwag. In terms of century partnerships for the first wicket, Gambhir-Sehwag pair is the fifth in Tests - Gordon Greenidge and Desmond Haynes had recorded 16, followed by Jack Hobbs and Herbert Sutcliffe (15), Justin Langer and Matthew Hayden (14) and Alastair Cook and Andrew Strauss (12).
  • The 134-run opening stand between Sehwag and Gambhir is the highest by any pair at Motera.
  • Gautam Gambhir, in the course of his 45 off 111 balls, has completed his 2,000 runs in Tests in India, aggregating 2008 (ave 41.83) in 29 Tests.
  • Swann has taken Gambhir`s wicket six times in five Tests - the most times a bowler has dismissed him.
  • Virender Sehwag`s excellent 117 off 117 balls is his highest score against England, bettering the 106 at Trent Bridge in 2002.
  • Sehwag`s aforesaid innings is his 13th century in Tests in India - his first after 30 innings.
  • Sehwag had last recorded a hundred two years ago - 173 at Motera against New Zealand in 2010-11.
  • Sehwag has recorded his 23rd hundred in Tests - his second against England.
  • As an opener, Sehwag has posted 22 hundreds - the second highest for India, next only to Sunil Gavaskar`s 33.
  • In India, only three batsmen have managed more Test centuries than Sehwag. Sachin Tendulkar holds a record with 22 hundreds, followed by Sunil Gavaskar (16) and Rahul Dravid (15).
  • Sehwag has recorded strike rate of 100 or more in a Test innings six times while posting hundreds.
  • Pujara and Sehwag have added 90 for the second wicket - India`s second highest at Motera. Sehwag and Dravid had shared a stand of 237 against New Zealand in November 2010.


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