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The number of times a batsman has managed to cross the 18,000-run mark in international cricket. Virat Kohli, in the Oval Test, became the latest entrant to this elite list. By achieving this landmark in just 382 innings, he is the quickest to do so — in terms of innings. He played 29 innings less than the previous quickest — Brian Lara.

Fewest innings to reach 18000 international runs

 

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The number of occasions in Test cricket when a batsman has managed to register a century on his Test debut and also in his final Test match. Alastair Cook, in the recent Oval Test, became the latest entrant to this list.

Batsmen registering centuries in their debut and final Test matches

 

Notes:

** Chappell and Azharuddin are the only players to register centuries in their first and last Test innings.

** Ponsford is the only player in the above list to do so in winning causes in both his debut and final Test matches.

** Cook is the only player in the above list to register four scores of fifty-plus in his first and final Test matches, which included a century. Another batsman who had achieved this in Test cricket history was South African Bruce Mitchell on his Test debut against England at Birmingham in June 1929 when he made 88 and 61 not out, and then, 20 years later, in March 1949, he finished his Test career at Port Elizabeth also against England with scores of 99 and 56.

** West Indian Andy Ganteaume (112), in February 1948, made a century in his only Test innings and match against England at Port of Spain.

** New Zealander Rodney Redmond, against Pakistan, at Auckland in February 1973, in his only Test match, made 107 and 56. 

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The number catches taken by K. L. Rahul in the series is the joint second-most claimed by any fielder in a series in Test cricket history. For the record, Rahul had earlier become the first fielder to claim 13 or more catches in any Test series on English soil.

Most catches in a Test series by a fieldsman                  Test catches in series