The number of batsmen who have the distinction of making seven consecutive scores of 50-plus in Test cricket. The latest entrant to this list is Lokesh Rahul, following the 85 he scored at Pallekele (Kandy). He, thus, joins West Indian Everton Weekes (1948-1949), Zimbabwean Andy Flower (2000-2001), West Indian Shivnarine Chanderpaul (2006-2007), Sri Lankan Kumar Sangakkara (2014) and Australian Chris Rogers (2014-2015). Rahul needs just one more 50-plus score in his next innings to make the record (scoring the most successive half-centuries) his own!
The runs (4, 4, 6, 6, 6, 0) scored by India’s Hardik Pandya in a single over of Sri Lanka’s left-arm spinner Malinda Pushpakumara in the Pallekele Test. This is the most runs scored by an Indian batsman in a single over of a Test.
In the history of Test cricket, only West Indian Brian Lara (off Robin Petersen of South Africa, in Johannesburg in December 2003) and Australian George Bailey (off James Anderson of England, in Perth in December 2013) have scored more — 28 runs — in a single over.
For India, before Pandya, the most runs scored off a single over were 24 — by Sandeep Patil (off Bob Willis of England, in Manchester in June 1982) and Kapil Dev (off Eddie Hemmings of England, at Lord’s in July 1990).
The number of sixes hit by Hardik Pandya during his maiden Test century at Pallekele. Among Indians, only Navjot Singh Sidhu has hit more sixes — 8. That also came against Sri Lanka in Lucknow in January 1994.
Pandya, meanwhile, joins two other Indians, Virender Sehwag and Harbhajan Singh, who have also managed seven sixes during their innings. However, Pandya’s seven sixes are the most by an Indian batsman in an away Test!
The number of Indian batsmen who scored their maiden first-class century in a Test match. Hardik Pandya (108 at Pallekele) joins Vijay Manjrekar(133 against England in Leeds, June 1952), Kapil Dev (126 not out against West Indies in Delhi, January 1979), Ajay Ratra (115 not out against West Indies in St. John’s, May 2002) and Harbhajan Singh (115 against New Zealand in Ahmedabad, November 2010).
The number of Indians who have scored centuries for India in Tests. Hardik Pandya, the latest to do so at Pallekele, recorded India’s 483rd Test century. For the record, only England and Australian batsmen have more Test centuries —851 and 832 respectively — than India.
The number of times India has whitewashed its opponents abroad. India’s recent 3-0 series victory in Sri Lanka made it the first Asian team to whitewash any home side in a series of three or more Test matches. This, incidentally, is only the eighth time in Test history where the visiting side has won all its matches in a series of three or more Tests. Australia has done it on four occasions, while England has done it twice and West Indies once.
For the record, West Indies is the only team to have won an away Test series 5-0, in England in 1984.
The number of Test matches won by India on Sri Lankan soil — now the most by any visiting side, followed by Pakistan, which has won eight, and Australia, which has won seven, in Sri Lanka!
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