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Shardul scores FASTEST 50!

September 03, 2021 07:48 IST

Rajneesh Gupta lists all the important numbers from day one of the Oval Test.

IMAGE: Shardul Thakur celebrates his 31-ball 50 in the fourth Test at the Oval, September 2, 2021. Photograph: Gareth Copley/Getty Images

15 Number of times the toss the winning captain has opted to field first in 103 Tests at the Oval (ninth such instance for England).

Only three times have sides won here after putting the opposition in to bat -- England v Pakistan in 1967, Sri Lanka v England in 1998 and England v India in 2014.

11 Number of times James Anderson has dismissed Cheteshwar Pujara in Tests. Only one Indian player has fallen to a particular bowler on more occasions in Tests.

England's Derek Underwood dismissed Sunil Gavaskar 12 times. Gavaskar was also dismissed 11 times each by Michael Holding and Imran Khan.

2019 The last time Virat Kohli made fifties in two consecutive Test innings -- vs the West Indies in the West Indies.

Virat scored 51 in the second innings of the North Sound Test and followed it up with 76 in the first innings of the Kingston Test.

490 The number of innings taken by Virat Kohli to complete his 23,000 runs in international cricket (across formats) -- the fewest by any player.

Virat wrested the record away from Sachin Tendulkar who needed 522 innings to accomplish the feat.

31 Number of balls taken by Shardul Thakur to reach his fifty. The fastest by any batsman in a Test match in England.

Ian Botham held the previous record with a 32-ball fifty against New Zealand, also at The Oval in 1986.

It is also the joint-second fastest by an Indian player in Test cricket, with only Kapil Dev scoring a faster fifty for India.

Fastest Test fifties in England

31 Shardul Thakur Ind v Eng The Oval 2021
32 Ian Botham Eng v NZ The Oval 1986
33 Clifford Roach WI v Eng The Oval 1933
33 Kapil Dev Ind v Eng Manchester 1982
33 Harbhajan Singh Ind v Eng Nottingham 2002
33 Stuart Broad Eng v WI Manchester 2020

Fastest Test fifties for India

30 Kapil Dev Pakistan Karachi 1982
31 Kapil Dev Sri Lanka Kanpur 1986
31 Shardul Thakur England The Oval 2021
32 Virender Sehwag England Chennai 2008
33 Kapil Dev Pakistan Karachi 1978
33 Kapil Dev England Manchester 1982
33 Harbhajan Singh England Nottingham 2002
33 Virender Sehwag West Indies Gros Islet 2006
34 M S Dhoni Pakistan Faisalabad 2006

4/55 Chris Woakes' figures – his best against India.

29.21 The difference in Woakes' bowling average at home and away. He has taken 91 wickets in 25 Tests at an average of 22.47.

Outside England, he has taken only 25 wickets in 14 Tests at an average of 51.68

13 Number of England players who have got out BOWLED in the series -- joint-most for England in a home series against India.

In the 1986 series also, 13 England players got out bowled.

1 Wicket needed by Jasprit Bumrah to complete 100 scalps in Test cricket.

Also, for Umesh Yadav to complete 50 Test dismissals.

1 First time in six innings in this series that Joe Root won't be the top-scorer in England's innings.

13 Number of wickets falling in the day. The last time more wickets fell on the opening day of a Test match at the Oval was in 1926 when 14 wickets fell in England-Australia Test.

In the 1983 England-New Zealand Test also 13 wickets fell on the opening day.


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