Virat Kohli scored unbeaten 151 on Day 1 of 2nd Test against England    AFP
Virat Kohli scored unbeaten 151 on Day 1 of 2nd Test against England AFP

The second Test of the five-match series between India and England was also the first played at Dr YS Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium, Visakhapatnam. After winning the toss, India opted to bat first against England with two changes in their side. Debutant Jayant Yadav replaced Amit Mishra, while KL Rahul came in for Gautam Gambhir. England also played with one surprise change, including James Anderson for Chris Woakes. Batting first, India did not had an impressive start as both the Indian openers KL Rahul and Murali Vijay went back to pavilion at the score of 22.

Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara then started their domination over England bowlers, adding 226 runs for the third wicket. Pujara went on to make his another Test ton but got out at 119. From the other end, Kohli remained unbeaten till the end of first day at 151. After the partnership between Kohli and Pujara got broken, Ajinkya Rahane departed as well, scoring only 23. From England, comeback man Anderson scalped 3 wickets, while Stuart Broad got 1. Overall, India dominated the entire first day of this Test and we present some interesting numbers from today’s contest.

Bradmanesque numbers for for Kohli: 137.50 Kohli’s average at Visakhapatnam across the formats. He has played a Test and 4 ODIs at the ground (his 399 ODI runs have come at 99.75).

7 left-handed batsman in England side Most by any team to include in a Test against India. England played with 6 left-handed batsman in the previous Test at Rajkot.

Jayant Yadav became India’s 286th Test player. He also became 8th Indian to make his both Test and ODI debut at same venue. Jayant made his ODI last month against New Zealand at the same venue. The previous 7 Indian player to make their Test and ODI debut at same venue are Maninder Singh (Karachi), Bharat Arun (Kanpur), Nilesh Kulkarni (Premadasa), MSK Prasad (Mohali), S Sreesanth (Nagpur), Varun Aaron (Wankhede) and Bhuvneshwar Kumar (Chepauk).

50th Test for both Kohli and Joe Root. The last instance of multiple players playing their 50th Test in the same match was during 4th Test of Ashes 2013-14. There were three players who played their 50th Test in that game Monty Panesar, Shane Watson and Peter Siddle a unique instance.

Pujara’s love for new venues: India have played their last 3 Tests (including the ongoing one) at new venues Indore, Rajkot and Visakhapatnam. Pujara has scored a ton in each of these 3 Tests.

3 hundreds in consecutive Tests for Pujara he became 11th Indian to do this after Gautam Gambhir (5 in 2010), Sunil Gavaskar (4 in 1977 and 3 in 1971), Rahul Dravid (4 in 2002), Sachin Tendulkar (4 in 2010), Vijay Hazare (3 in 1949-51), Polly Umrigar (3 in 1961), Mohammad Azharuddin (3 in 1984-85, his first 3 Tests, and 3 in 1990) and Virender Sehwag (3 in 2010).

3,000 Test runs for both Pujara and Vijay Since Vijay was the first one to go past this landmark, so he became 20th Indian to do so, while Pujara became 21st Indian to enter this club.

226 runs for 3rd wicket partnership between Kohli and Pujara The first 3rd-wicket stand by an Indian pair of 200 or more against England in a Test innings since 1996. Previous Indian pair to add more than 200 runs for 3rd wicket partnership against England were Sourav Ganguly and Sachin Tendulkar at Trent Bridge. They had added 255.

3rd 150-plus score by Kohli in 2016 Kohli became the first Indian captain to make 3 150-plus score in a calendar year. His previous scores were 200 against West Indies and 211 against New Zealand. Kohli became the third Indian to do that after Sachin Tendulkar (2002 and 2004) and Sehwag in (2004 and 2008).

800 runs for Kohli in 2016 Kohli became 5th Indian captain to score 800 or more in Tests in a calendar year after Dravid (1,095 in 2006), Tendulkar (1,000 in 1997), Ganguly (945 in 2002) and Sunil Gavaskar (865 in 1979).

Century in 50th Test for Kohli Kohli became the 6th Indian batsman to score a ton in his 50th Test after Umrigar, Gavaskar, Gundappa Viswanath, Kapil Dev and VVS Laxman.

62.65 Kohli’s strike-rate throughout his unbeaten knock of 151; 8 out of his 14 Test tons have come with strike-rate above 60 (in fact, all but one of his tons have come at strike rates of over 50). .

60 dismissals for Jonny Bairstow in 2016 It is the 4th-most by any wicketkeeper in a calendar year in Tests after Ian Healy (67 dismissals in 1993), Mark Boucher (67 in 1998) and Adam Gilchrist (66 in 2004).

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