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.
First Published: Thursday, November 15, 2012, 19:15