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Stats: Spin king Ashwin is India's top batsman in 2016

Last updated on: September 23, 2016 01:00 IST

Statistical highlights after opening day's play in the first Test between India and New Zealand in Kanpur on Thursday.

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IMAGE: Ravichandran Ashwin hits a boundary through the off-side. Photograph: BCCI.

# Cheteshwar Pujara and Murali Vijay put on 112 for the second wicket -- India's second highest for the second wicket vs New Zealand at Kanpur in Tests, next only to the 114 between Sunil Gavaskar and Mohinder Amarnath in 1976.

# The highest second wicket partnership by an Indian pair at Kanpur is 150 between Mohammad Azharuddin and Kris Srikkanth vs England in January-February 1985.

# Vijay and Pujara have added 1689 runs at an average of 60.32 in 28 innings, including four century stands and nine fifty-plus. Among the Indian pairs with 1500 runs or more in Tests, their average is the fourth highest in Tests -– the highest being 67.82 between Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar - 1560 runs in 23 innings, including four century stands and five fifty-plus.

# India (291-9) recorded their third highest total on the first day of a Test match at Green Park, Kanpur -- the highest two are 417 for two vs Sri Lanka in 2009-10 and 304 for four vs New Zealand in 1976-77.

# Ravichandran Ashwin (40) took his aggregate to 275 at an average of 55.00 in five innings - the highest among the Indian batsmen in Tests this year. His aggregate includes two hundreds.

# Wriddhiman Saha posted his fourth duck in Tests - his third in India.

# Murali Vijay (65) registered his first fifty in five innings vs New Zealand in Tests. In his previous four innings against them, he had posted 26, 13, 2 and 7.   

# Vijay's 13th fifty in Tests is his first vs New Zealand. As compared to his average of 36.85 away from home, Vijay is averaging 48.08 in home Tests.

IMAGE: New Zealand's Mitchell Santner celebrates with teammates after taking the wicket of India's Lokesh Rahul. Photograph: Danish Siddiqui/Reuters.

# Mitchell Santner (3-77) registered his career-best bowling figures in Tests, eclipsing the two for 16 vs Zimbabwe at Bulawayo in July this year.

# Cheteshwar Pujara (62) recorded his eighth fifty in Tests -- his first vs New Zealand.

# Pujara became the first Indian batsman to aggregate 700 runs this year in first-class cricket in India -- his aggregate being 719 at an average of 102.71, including three hundreds and a fifty, in eight innings.

# As against his home average of 64.29 (1543 runs in 28 innings), Pujara averages 33.36 in away Tests (1001 runs in 31 innings).

# India became the fourth nation after England (976), Australia (791) and West Indies (517) to have appeared in 500 Tests or more.

# Trent Boult (3-52) registered his best bowling figures vs India in Tests in India - his second best vs India behind the 3 for 38 at Auckland in February 2014.

# Mohammed Shami's first duck vs New Zealand is his fifth in Tests.

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