Statistical highlights on day two of the third cricket Test between India and New Zealand, here today.
# Virat Kohli has become the first Indian skipper to hit two double centuries in Tests. He has achieved the distinction in the same year in Tests.
# Kohli has become the fourth skipper to post a double century vs New Zealand in Tests, joining Sachin Tendulkar -217 at Ahmedabad in 1999-2000; Allan Border – 205 at Adelaide in 1987-88 and Hanif Mohammad – 203 not out at Lahore in 1964-65.
# Kohli’s superb knock is his highest score in Tests, eclipsing the 200 vs West Indies at North Sound in July 2016. He has become the second Indian skipper to post a double century vs New Zealand in Tests – the first being Sachin Tendulkar – 217 at Ahmedabad in 1999-2000.
# Kohli has become the fourth Indian captain to record two innings of 150 or more in the same year in Tests – the distinguished captains being Vijay Hazare (1951), Sunil Gavaskar (1978), Mohammad Azharuddin (1990) and Virat Kohli (2016).
# Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane were involved in a stand of 365 – India’s highest fourth-wicket partnership in Tests, obliterating the 353 between VVS Laxman and Sachin Tendulkar vs Australia at Sydney in January 2004.
# The partnership is India’s fifth highest for any wicket in Tests – their second highest for any wicket vs New Zealand next only to the 413 for the first wicket between Vinoo Mankad and Pankaj Roy at Chennai in January 1956.
# Kohli and Rahane have faced 672 balls – the most number of balls faced by an Indian pair in Tests, surpassing the 658 balls faced by Pujara and Vijay during their 370-run partnership for the second wicket vs Australia at Hyderabad in March 2013.
# The balls faced by Kohli and Rahane are the most by any pair in a partnership vs New Zealand in Tests.
# Ajinkya Rahane (188 off 381 balls) has recorded his highest score in Tests, eclipsing the 147 vs Australia at Melbourne in December 2014.
# Rahane is averaging fifty-plus for the first time in Tests – his aggregate being 2186 runs (ave.50.83), including eight centuries and nine fifties, in 29 Tests.
# Among the players with 2,000 runs or more in Tests, Rahane is the fourth Indian batsmen to average fifty-plus in Tests – the top three being Sachin Tendulkar (53.78), Rahul Dravid (52.63) and Sunil Gavaskar (51.12)
# Rahane, with 567 runs at an average of 81.00, including two centuries and two fifties, in seven Tests, is the top run-getter for India in Tests this year.
# Rahane’s average of 81.00 is the highest by an Indian batsman in Tests this year.
# In nine consecutive Test series, Rahane has scored atleast 90. He is the only Indian batsman to accomplish the feat.
# India (557 for five wickets declared) have recorded their third highest total vs New Zealand in Tests – the highest two are 583 for 7 wickets declared at Ahmedabad in 1999-2000 and 566 for 8 wickets declared at Nagpur in 2010-11.
# India’s previous highest fourth-wicket stand vs New Zealand in Tests was 281 between Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly at Ahmedabad in 1999-2000.
# Matt Henry conceded 127 runs without taking any wicket – the most runs conceded by a New Zealand fast bowler without taking a wicket in an innings vs India. Australia’s Michael Kasprowicz had conceded 139 runs at Kolkata in March 2001 -the most by any fast bowler in an innings without taking a wicket vs India.
# Virat Kohli (211) and Ajinkya Rahane (188) have provided the second instance when number 4 & 5 batsmen have recorded 150 or more in the same Test innings for India – the first instance being Sachin Tendulkar (241 not out) and VVS Laxman (178) vs Australia at Sydney in January 2004.
# Rohit Sharma’s fourth half century vs New Zealand is his seventh in Tests.
# Rohit’s stats in the present series are superb – his tally being 238 (ave.79.33) in five innings, including three fifties. For the first time in a Test rubber, he has recorded three fifties.
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