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The number of runs scored by Virat Kohli in the first three Tests of the ongoing series. This is now not only the most by an Indian captain but also by an Asian captain in England in a Test series.

Most runs by an Asian captain in a Test series in England:

RunsCaptainCountryYearMatchesInningsNot outsAverage100s50sHighest
440Virat KohliIndia201836073.3322149
426Mohammad AzharuddinIndia199035085.3021179
364Javed MiandadPakistan199258260.6712153*
351Sourav GangulyIndia200246058.5013128
349M. S. DhoniIndia2014510034.900482



The number of innings taken by Virat Kohli reach his 23rd Test hundred during his match-winning 103 in the second innings at Trent Bridge, Nottingham. He became the 29th batsman in Test history to register 23 or more centuries, and his 118 innings is now the fourth quickest by any Test batsmen to reach this landmark in the fewest innings.

Batsman needing fewest innings to reach 23 Test hundreds:

InningsTestsBatsmanCountryAchieved onOpponentVenueAgeScore
5939Don BradmanAustraliaDecember 17, 1946EnglandSydney38 years, 112 days234
10961Sunil GavaskarIndiaJanuary 17, 1980PakistanChennai30 years, 191 days166
11060Steve SmithAustraliaDecember 30, 2017EnglandMelbourne28 years, 211 days102*
11869Virat KohliIndiaAugust 20, 2017EnglandNottingham29 years, 288 days103
12273Mohammad YousufPakistanNovember 30, 2006West IndiesKarachi32 years, 95 days124
12378Sachin TendulkarIndiaNovember 21, 2000ZimbabweDelhi27 years, 211 days122

Note: Tendulkar is the youngest to reach this landmark.



The number of Test captains who have scored a hundred and a ninety in the same match. Virat Kohli at Nottingham became first Indian captain to do so.

Test captains with a hundred and a ninety in the same match:

First inningsSecond inningsBatsmanCountryOpponentVenueAchieved inResult
10493Hanif MohammadPakistanAustraliaMelbourneDecember 1964Drawn
15295*Garry SobersWest IndiesEnglandGeorgetownMarch 1968Drawn
11194Duleep MendisSri LankaEnglandLord’sAugust 1984Drawn
94*118Mike AthertonEnglandNew ZealandChristchurchFebruary 1997Won
334*92Mark TaylorAustraliaPakistanPeshawarOctober 1998Drawn
91122Brian LaraWest IndiesAustraliaPort of SpainApril 2003Lost
92153*Shivnarine ChanderpaulWest IndiesPakistanBridgetownMay 2005Won
10199Ricky PontingAustraliaSouth AfricaMelbourneDecember 2008Lost
91157*Angelo MathewsSri LankaPakistanAbu DhabiJanuary 2014Drawn
97103Virat KohliIndiaEnglandNottinghamAugust 2018Won



The number of catches taken by a debutant (fielder or wicketkeeper) in his very first Test innings. Rishabh Pant in the Nottingham Test match became the fourth such player in Tests and the second Indian to do so.

Most catches by a player in the first innings on debut:

CatchesPlayersCountryOpponentVenueAchieved inRoleResult
5Brian TaberAustraliaSouth AfricaJohannesburgDecember 1966WicketkeeperLost
5Yajurvindra SinghIndiaEnglandBangaloreJanuary 1977FielderWon
5John MacleanAustraliaEnglandBrisbaneDecember 1978WicketkeeperLost
5Rishabh PantIndiaEnglandNottinghamAugust 2018WicketkeeperWon



The number of catches taken by a debutant (fielder or wicketkeeper) in his very first Test match. Rishabh Pant in the Nottingham Test match became the seventh such player in Tests and the second Indian to do so.

Most catches by a player in his debut Test match:

CatchesFirst inningsSecond inningsPlayerCountryOpponentVenueAchieved inRoleResult
752Brian TaberAustraliaSouth AfricaJohannesburgDecember 1966WicketkeeperLost
725Chris ReadEnglandNew ZealandBirminghamJuly 1999WicketkeeperWon
734Alan KnottEnglandPakistanNottinghamAugust 1967WicketkeeperWon
752Yajurvindra SinghIndiaEnglandBangaloreJanuary 1977FielderWon
734Chamara DunusingheSri LankaNew ZealandNapierMarch 1995WicketkeeperWon
734Peter NevillAustraliaEnglandLord’sJuly 2015WicketkeeperWon
752Rishabh PantIndiaEnglandNottinghamAugust 2018WicketkeeperWon


Queries Corner

How often have Test sides won chasing targets of more than 300. Also, which sides have been the most successful while doing so. And which side was the first to achieve this in Tests? – R. Bharath, Coimbatore.

Australia on January 23, 1902 became the first side to do so when it chased England’s target of 315 to win by four wickets at the Adelaide Oval. Since then, on 30 occasions have sides won chasing 300-plus targets in Tests. Australia is the successful side, doing so on nine occasions, followed by the West Indies (six), England, Pakistan and Sri Lanka with three each and South Africa, India and New Zealand doing so twice each. Zimbabwe, Bangladesh and new entrants Ireland and Afghanistan are the only sides not to achieve this in Tests.

In the Nottingham Test, Hardik Pandya claimed his maiden five-wicket haul. He also has a Test century. How many Indians have done this, i.e. scoring a century and also take a five-wicket haul during their career? – Satish Sahil, Mumbai.

Hardik Pandya at Nottingham became the 18th Indian player with a Test hundred and a five-wicket haul in the same match. Lala Amarnath in 1946 was the first Indian to do so. Amarnath, who had scored India’s first Test century in December 1933 at Bombay Gymkhana, claimed his maiden five-wicket haul at Lord’s 12-and-a-half years later in June 1946. The full list is Amarnath, Vinoo Mankad, Dattu Phadkar, G. S. Ramchand, Bapu Nadkarni, Polly Umrigar, Salim Durrani, Chandu Borde, Kapil Dev, Ravi Shastri, Manoj Prabhakar, Anil Kumble, Ajit Agarkar, Harbhajan Singh, Irfan Pathan, Virender Sehwag, R. Ashwin and Pandya.

Can you please provide details of India’s Test wins outside Asia? – Rajesh Shetty, Udipi.

The recent Nottingham Test victory was India’s 30th outside the Indian subcontinent (or Asia). India’s wins have come in the following countries: seven each in the West Indies and England, five each in Australia and New Zealand and three each in South Africa and Zimbabwe. For the record, India has won nine in Sri Lanka, six in Bangladesh, two in Pakistan and 99 at home – a total of 146 Test victories!

Which batsman with a Test double century has the lowest batting average? – Adil Hussain, Ahmedabad.

Aussie Jason Gillespie, who surprised many with a Test double century as a night-watchman (201 not out against Bangladesh at Chittagong in 2006), has the lowest batting average of 18.74 among batsmen with at least one Test double century. He is followed by Pakistan’s Wasim Akram (22.64), Australian Syd Gregory (24.54) and Faoud Bacchus (26.07) of the West Indies. Incidentally, both Akram and Bacchus have managed to make Test scores of 250 or more!

Note: All figures above are updated as of August 31, 2018.


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