Captains’ feat

On fire... skippers Virat Kohli of India and Dinesh Chandimal of Sri Lanka scored 150-plus runs in the Delhi Test recently.   -  Sandeep Saxena


The number of occasions when both captains made 150+ scores in same Test match. The latest instance came in the Delhi Test, where both Virat Kohli (243) and Dinesh Chandimal (164) made 150+ scores.

The full list:

Captains making scores of 150+ runs in same Test match

RunsCaptain-1ForRunsCaptain-2ForVenueMonth, YearResult
311B. SimpsonAus174T. DexterEngManchesterJuly 1964Drawn
205S. GavaskarInd187A. KallicharranWIMumbai WSDecember 1978Drawn
199S. WaughAus153*B. LaraWIBridgetownMarch 1999WI won by 1 wkt
166M. VaughanEng156R. PontingAusManchesterAugust 2005Drawn
240M. JayawardeneSL313Younis KhanPakKarachiFebruary 2009Drawn
243V. KohliInd164D. ChandimalSLDelhiDecember 2017Drawn


The number of occasions when a batsman made over 600 runs in a three-Test series. Virat Kohli finished the just concluded series against Sri Lanka with 610 runs — not bad when you consider he began the series with a duck!

The table below has the details.

Most runs scored in a three-Test series

RunsBatsmanForOppSeasonInnsNoAveHS100s50Series result
752G. GoochEngInd199060125.3333332Eng won 1-0
688B. LaraWISL2001/02+60114.6622131WI lost 0-3
665M. YousufPakWI2006/0750133.0019241Pak won 2-0
610V. KohliIndSL2017/1851152.5024331Ind won 1-0
592D. WarnerAusNZ2015/166098.6625330Aus won 2-0

+ away series

Gooch and Kohli are the only captains in the above list.


The number of Test series won successively by India since defeating Sri Lanka on September 1, 2015. This equals the record held by Australia, from October 2005 to June 2008.

Given below are India’s nine consecutive series victories against various opponents. During this period, India’s summary of Test results: Played 30, won 21, lost 2, Drawn 7 (win% 70.00). Australia’s mark: Played 26, won 22, lost 1, Drawn 3 (win% 84.62).

India’s unbeaten Test series victories

NoOpponentSeries resultTestsResult sequenceFromToH/ACaptain
1Sri Lanka2-13L W WAugust 2015September 2015awayVirat Kohli
2South Africa3-04W D W WNovember 2015December 2015homeVirat Kohli
3West Indies2-04W D W DJuly 2016August 2016awayVirat Kohli
4New Zealand3-03W W WSeptember 2016October 2016homeVirat Kohli
5England4-05D W W W WNovember 2016December 2016homeVirat Kohli
6Bangladesh1-01WFebruary 2017 homeVirat Kohli
7Australia2-14L W D WFebruary 2017March 2017homeVirat Kohli+
8Sri Lanka3-03W W WJuly 2017August 2017awayVirat Kohli
9Sri Lanka1-03D W DNovember 2017December 2017homeVirat Kohli

+ Ajinkya Rahane captained India in the 4 and final Test against Australia at Dharamsala, which India won.

On two occasions (see above) India managed to win the series after losing the opening Test.


Sri Lanka’s second innings score in Delhi — the highest by any visiting side in the fourth innings in India. The table below has the details.

Highest totals in the fourth innings by visiting sides in India

TotalOversVisiting sideVenueDateResultTarget set
299/5103.0Sri LankaDelhi6 Dec 2017Drawn410
276/585.3West IndiesDelhi29 Nov 1987WI won276
272/6107.0New ZealandAhmedabad12 Oct 2003Drawn370
270/793.0West IndiesChennai18 Jan 1967Drawn322
266/1081.4West IndiesMumbaiWS22 Nov 1994Ind won363

Note: Sri Lanka became the sixth visiting side to bat over 100 overs in the fourth innings of a Test match in India, with New Zealand doing so on most occasions — three! South Africa batted the longest — 143.1 overs at Delhi on 6-7 December 2015 (but lost Test by 337 runs!)


17 December

The third day of the Test between India and England at the Bombay Gymkhana: it was the first ever Test to be played on a Sunday. It was the 230th Test to be played in history since March 1877! Also on that day, two batsmen (Bryan Valentine and Lala Amarnath) scored centuries on debut — the only time it has happened in Test history. Incidentally, this Test was the first to be played in Asia!



Sanath Jayasuriya and Tillakaratne Dilshan have been Sri Lanka’s best ODI openers. But have they ever opened an innings together? If yes, what is their overall aggregate as a pair?

— Aalok Mehta

Sanath Jayasuriya and Tillakaratne Dilshan have opened together in 30 innings in limited-over games from 2008 to 2011, aggregating 1063 runs @ 35.43 runs per innings. They have been involved in one century stand (124) and 10 stands between 50 to 99. Their record together as openers in ODIs and T20Is (they never opened in Tests):

In ODIs:18062734.830776
In T20Is:12043636.3313124


In the recent Test in Wellington against New Zealand, West Indies batsman Sunil Ambris, making his debut, was out hit-wicket off the first ball he faced. How many debutants have been dismissed this way in Tests?

— T. Ajit Krishnan, Chennai

Sunil Ambris is only the sixth batsman in Test history to be dismissed ‘hit-wicket’ in the very first innings on debut, while five others have been dismissed in this manner in their second innings during debut. Interestingly, none of the other 10 batsmen made a duck while being dismissed hit-wicket. This obviously means that Ambris is also the first batsman to be dismissed while facing his first ball in Test cricket!

None of the bowlers from either side managed to take a five-wicket haul in the recent India-Sri Lanka Test series. Is this happening for the first time?

— Surya Kumar, Tirupati

This is happening for the third time in a Test series of three or more matches. The first occasion was in Pakistan against New Zealand in 1964-65 when the 4 for 5 by Pakistani left-arm spinner Pervez Sajjad was the best of the series. The next instance came more recently in Australia, in 2016-17, when Mitchell Starc’s 4 for 36 against Pakistan was the best bowling figures of the series.

This, however, has happened on 13 occasions in a two-Test series.

Virat Kohli’s conversion of 50s to 100s is among the best. What about Steve Smith, David Warner, Hashim Amla, Joe Root and Kane Williamson?

— Priya Gulati, Indore

Among the Test batsmen with seven or more centuries, Virat Kohli’s conversion percentage of 57.14 (20 100s/15 50s) is the third best after Australian Don Bradman (29 100s/13 50s, 69.05%) and West Indian George Headley (10 100s/5 50s, 66.67%). See the list below for details of contemporary batsmen:

57.141520Virat KohliIndia
50.002121Steve SmithAustralia
44.443528Hashim AmlaSouth Africa
44.442520David WarnerAustralia
40.482517Kane WilliamsonNew Zealand
27.663413Joe RootEngland


Note: All figures above are updated as on December 9, 2017.

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