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Virat Kohli became the 9th captain to score 200 in a Test 4 times AFP

Day Four of the second Test between India and England at Visakhapatnam started with the hosts on 98 for 3. Captain Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane resumed India’s batting, but Rahane soon departed for 26. Ravichandran Ashwin and Wriddhiman Saha too lost their wickets in a while. Kohli followed for 81 to a stunning catch at first slip by Ben Stokes. The onus was on Ravindra Jadeja from there on but he could score only 14. It was thanks to Jayant Yadav and Mohammed Shami’s crucial 10th-wicket partnership of 42 runs that helped India set a massive 405 against England.

For England, Stuart Broad and Adil Rashid did an excellent job with ball by scalping 4 wickets each while James Anderson and Moeen Ali got 1 apiece. Up against what would be a record chase on Indian soil, the England openers started extremely cautiously. Captain Alastair Cook and Haseeb Hameed added 75 for the first wicket in 302 balls before both got out towards the end of the day’s play. At the end of Day Four England were at 87 for 2 with 318 runs more to chase or a day to bat out. The day was full of turns and twists and with this interesting day of this match, we present some interesting numbers from this contest.

Virat Kohli became the 9th captain to score 200 in a Test 4 times. Kohli scored 248 (167 and 81) in this Test. There are only nine instances of any team’s captain scoring above 200 in a Test for 4 or more times. Ricky Ponting and Brian Lara lead the way with 7 times each. The others are Don Bradman (6), Bob Simpson (5), Graeme Smith (5), Michael Clarke (5), Greg Chappell (4), Allan Border (4) and Stephen Fleming (4).

Kohli’s 248 are also the most runs scored by an Indian captain in a Test against England ahead of Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi (216 in 1964).

Alastair Cook s 1,942 is the most for a batsman against India. Cook went past Matthew Hayden’s tally of 1,888 runs against India. He has also scored second-most runs in India by an overseas batsman with 1,073. Only Clive Lloyd (1,359) has scored more than him in India.

Jayant Yadav s 62 from No. 9 is now an Indian record for a debutant. Jayant went past 83 by Balwinder Sandhu in 1983.

Alastair Cook s 1,067 is the third-most by a captain against India. Cook is next to only Lloyd (1,822) and Bobby Simpson (1,098).

Alastair Cook and Haseeb Hameed batted together for 302 balls, the third-most by a visiting opening pair in the fourth innings in India. Cook and Hameed have been bettered by only Allan Rae and Jeff Stollmeyer of West Indies (330 balls in 1953) and Matt Horne and Gary Stead of New Zealand (327 in 1999).

Cook took 171 balls to complete his fifty. This was the Cook s slowest Test fifty. His previous slowest was 164 balls, twice, against Australia in 2013 and Sri Lanka in 2012.

Hameed’s strike-rate of 17.36 is the 4th-lowest among English batsman who scored 25 or more after Chris Tavare (35 runs at 14.58 vs India at 1982), Chris Smith (28 runs at 15.81 vs Pakistan in 1984) and Steve James (25 runs at 16.66 against Sri Lanka in 1998). The list excludes innings where number of balls faced by batsmen was not recorded.

The 144 balls faced by Cook are the 2nd-most by any visiting opener in India in the 4th innings of a Test after Mark Taylor (193 balls in 1998).

With 11 fourth-innings fifties, Cook is now next to only Shivnarine Chanderpaul (13), Chris Gayle (13), Graeme Smith (13), Sunil Gavaskar (12), Michael Atherton (11) and Jacques Kallis (11).

Ravichandran Ashwin has now bowled 1,699 balls in 4th innings of Tests. This is the seventh-most for India, after Anil Kumble (4,873), Harbhajan Singh (3,102), Bishan Singh Bedi (2,837), Bhagwat Chandrasekhar (2,076), Kapil Dev (2,020) and Javagal Srinath (1,748).

(Abhishek Kumar is a cricket devotee currently staffing with CricLife and CricketCountry.com. He can be followed at @abhik2593)