As Rajkot became India’s 23rd Test venue on Wednesday, Virat Kohli’s streak of winning tosses in Tests in India came to an end.
But that wasn't the end of India's setbacks, as the hosts dropped as many as five catches in the first innings which helped England score 537 runs, with as many as three English batsmen scoring a century.
It was vital for India not to concede a big lead, and the duo of Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara responded well by scoring centuries. By the time India ended their first innings, three-and-a-half-days were done and the possibility of a result was minimal.
However, England declared after lunch on the fifth day and gave India a target of 310 runs from 49 overs. India were in trouble in the fourth innings when they lost four wicket for just 71 runs with more than 20 overs remaining in the day, but with Virat Kohli’s fighting knock of 49 not out, the match ended in a draw. Moeen Ali was adjudged the Man of the Match for his all-round performance.
Here's a look at the statistical highlights from the first Test between India and England at Rajkot.
Opener Haseeb Hamid made his debut at the age of 19 years and 297 days, becoming the fifth youngest to represent England in Tests. He also became the youngest debutant to open the innings for England in Test cricket. The previous record belonged to Len Hutton, who opened on his debut, aged 21 and three days, against New Zealand at Lord's in 1937.
Man of the Match Moeen Ali had remained not out on 99 at the end of the first day, becoming the 13th player to be stranded so. Glenn Turner and Mudassar Nazar have faced this twice in their career.
All of the above players, along with Moeen Ali, completed their centuries on the next day.
Meanwhile, Moeen Ali and Ben Stokes joined an elite list of England batsmen who have scored a century in their maiden Test in India.
In England’s first innings, Joe Root scored a century along with Moeen Ali and Ben Stokes, which was the tenth instance of three visiting batsmen scoring centuries in a same innings in India. The last such instance came in 2009 at Ahmedabad, when Tillakaratne Dilshan, Mahela Jayawardene and Prasanna Jayawrdene scored hundreds. England had one such instance before, at Kanpur in 1961.
This was also the first time since 2013 that a visiting batsman scored a Test century in India. In 2013, Michael Clarke scored a century against India at Chennai in Australia’s first innings.
England notched up 537 runs in their first innings, which eventually was the first 500-plus total for a visiting team in India since 2013. This was also the second highest total for any team against India under Virat Kohli’s captaincy. The highest is 572/7d scored by Australia at Sydney in 2015.
Vijay and Pujara completed 2000 runs together during their 209-run stand at Rajkot, becoming the 13th Indian pair to achieve the feat. Interestingly, this is India’s only such pair since 2010. The duo's average runs per stand of 64.48 is also the best among those 13 pairs.
Vijay and Pujara added 209 runs in the first innings for India, which became the second highest second-wicket stand for India against England in Tests. The record is 314, between Gautam Gambhir and Rahul Dravid at Mohali in 2008.This is only the third 200-plus partnership for India against England in the last 20 years.
Murali Vijay made 126 runs in the first innings, which is his lowest 100-plus score in Tests. Pujara scored his ninth Test century and third against England, which is the most by him against a team.
Virat Kohli became the 20th Indian batsman to be dismissed hit-wicket in Tests. VVS Laxman was the last Indian to be out in such a manner in Tests. He was out hit-wicket in ODIs as well, also against England, at Cardiff in 2011. Nayan Mongia is the only other India player to be dismissed hit wicket in both Tests and ODIs. Kohli also became the second Indian captain to be dismissed hit-wicket. Lala Amarnath was the other captain in 1949, at Chennai against West Indies.
Debutant Hameed scored a fifty in the second innings, becoming the third youngest England player to score a fifty. He also became the youngest England opener to score a fifty on Test debut surpassing Alastair Cook who scored a fifty on debut at the age of 21 years and 66 days against India at Nagpur in 2006. Overall, Hameed became the eighth youngest opener to score a fifty on Tet debut.
Haseeb Hameed and Alastair Cook added 180 runs in the second inning, which is now the highest opening stand by a visiting team in India in the second innings. They went past New Zealand's Matthew Horne and Gary Stead’s 131-run stand,which they made in Ahmedabad in 1999. It is also England's highest first-wicket partnership in India, surpassing the 178-run stand between Graeme Fowler and Tim Robinson in Chennai in 1985.
Cook scored 130 runs in the second innings as well, notching up his fifth century in Tests in India – most by any visiting batsman in India. He went past Everton Weekes, Clive Lloyd and Hashim Amla, who have scored four centuries each in India. He has now scored twelve tons as captain, which is also the most by any England captain in Tests surpassing Graham Gooch’s 11 centuries from 34 matches. Cook has also scored nine Test centuries in Asia, which is also the most by a visiting player, eclipsing Jacques Kallis’ record of eight.
En route his record century, Cook also became the fourth visiting batsman to complete 1000 Test runs against India in India after Clive Llyod (1359), Gordon Greenidge (1042) and Matthew Hayden (1027).