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Numbers Game: K L Rahul joins legends with career-best 158

Last updated on: August 01, 2016 14:43 IST

Lokesh Rahul is the third Indian opener to register his first three Test hundreds away from home, after Sunil Gavaskar (8) and Vinoo Mankad (3).

IMAGE: India’s K L Rahul celebrates after completing 150 during Day 2 of the second Test, in Jamaica, on Sunday. Photograph: WICB Media Photo/Athelstan Bellamy.

Opener K L Rahul’s career-best 158 put India in the driver’s seat in the second Test against the West Indies, in Kingston, Jamaica.

The visitors, who lead the series 1-0, amassed a comfortable 358 for 5 on Day 2 of the match and took a convincing lead of 162 runs.

Rahul, who scored his third Test century, equalled former captain Mohammad Azharuddin’s record by converting his first three fifties into hundreds.

The opener also joined legendary batsman Sunil Gavaskar and Vinoo Mankad in scoring his first three centuries away from home.

Statistician Rajneesh Gupta presents some interesting numbers from Day 2 of the Kingston Test. 

K L Rahul (158) scored his third hundred in Test cricket and his highest Test score.

K L Rahul’s innings break-up (158 off 303 balls)

Dots

225

1s

42

2s

16

3s

2

4s

15

6s

3

K L Rahul’s wagon wheel

Thirdman

9

Cover

11

Extra Cover

27

Long-off

33

Long-on

27

Mid-wicket

13

Square-leg

24

Fine-leg

14

......

 

Off-side

80

On-side

78

 

IMAGE: K L Rahul drives through the off-side during Day 2 of the second Test, in Jamaica, on Sunday. Photograph: WICB Media Photo/Athelstan Bellamy.

K L Rahul against each bowler

 

Balls

Runs

SR

4s

6s

Gabriel

64

23

35.94

3

0

Cummins

42

30

71.43

6

0

Holder

56

22

39.29

2

0

Chase

63

42

66.67

3

1

Bishoo

46

29

63.04

1

2

Brathwaite

32

12

37.50

0

0

TOTAL

141

83

52.15

4

3

Rahul became the first Indian opener to score a hundred in his maiden Test innings in the West Indies. 

Highest scores by Indian openers in maiden innings in West Indies

Score

Player

Venue

Season

158

KL Rahul

Kingston

2016

96

Ajay Jadeja

St. John's

 1996-97

84

Shikhar Dhawan

North Sound

2016

65

Sunil Gavaskar

Port-of-Spain

 1970-71

64

Madhav Apte

Port-of-Spain

 1952-53

64

VVS Laxman

Kingston

 1996-97

There are only two higher scores than Rahul’s 158 for a visiting opener in his maiden Test innings in West Indies – 223* by New Zealand’s Glenn Turner (Kingston, 1971-72) and 163 by South Africa’s Andrew Hudson (Bridgetown, 1991-92).

Rahul’s innings is the highest by an Indian in his maiden Test innings in the West Indies, beating Polly Umrigar’s 130

IMAGE: K L Rahul celebrates after completing 150 during Day 2 of the second Test, in Jamaica, on Sunday. Photograph: WICB Media Photo/Athelstan Bellamy.

Highest scores by Indians in maiden Test innings in the West Indies

Score

Player

Venue

Season

158

KL Rahul

Kingston

2016

130

Polly Umrigar

Port-of-Spain

 1952-53

115*

Brijesh Patel

Port-of-Spain

 1975-76

113

Ravi Ashwin

North Sound

2016

108

Sanjay Manjrekar

Bridgetown

 1988-89

Rahul’s innings is the highest by an Indian opener at Kingston and sixth highest in the West Indies.

Highest scores by Indian openers in West Indies

Score

Player

Venue

Season

220

Sunil Gavaskar

Port-of-Spain

 1970-71

212

Wasim Jaffer

St. John's

2006

201

Navjot Sidhu

Port-of-Spain

 1996-97

180

Virender Sehwag

Gros Islet

2006

163*

Madhav Apte

Port-of-Spain

 1952-53

158

KL Rahul

Kingston

2016

156

Sunil Gavaskar

Port-of-Spain

 1975-76

150

Pankaj Roy

Kingston

 1952-53

The 158 is Rahul’s highest score in Test cricket, beating the 110 he made against Australia at Sydney in 2015.

Rahul is only the second Indian to convert his first three fifties in to hundreds, after Mohammad Azharuddin.

Indians converting first three fifties in to 100s

Scores

Batsman

Period

110, 105 & 122

Mohammad Azharuddin

1984-85

110, 108 & 158

KL Rahul

2014-16

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Rajneesh Gupta
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