Stats Highlights: Ind vs Eng, 4th Test, Day 1
Mumbai, Dec 13: On Day 1 of the 4th Test between India and England, it took the visitors some getting used to the Nagpur track. As a result they managed only 199/5 after 97 overs while negotiating the spin-heavy Indian bowling attack. England’s innings was anchored by Kevin Pietersen, who scored yet another Test 50. His 73-run knock (188 balls) was the second slowest 50-plus innings of his career. In the process he also went past 1000 runs in this calendar year.
Here are these and more stats highlights from what turned out to be a challenging day of Test cricket:
This Test is the 15th for England in 2012. They have played more Tests in a calendar year only once - 16 in 1998. In 1984 and 1986 they also played 15 Tests.
Joe Root became England's 655th Test player- fifth to make his debut this year after Samit Patel, Jonny Bairstow, James Taylor and Nick Compton.
Ravindra Jadeja became India's 275th Test cricketer - second to make debut this year after R Vinay Kumar.
Graeme Swann was playing his 50th Test. He became the 63rd England player to do so.
Virender Sehwag was playing his 50th Test match at home. He became the tenth Indian to do so.
Cheteshwar Pujara and Ravindra Jadeja provided the first instance of two Saurashtra players playing together in a Test for India.
Ishant Sharma dismissed Alastair Cook for the seventh time in a Test match - most by any bowler. He was earlier at level with Pakistan’s Umar Gul and South Africa’s Morne Morkel.
Kevin Pietersen, while on 26, completed his 1000 Test runs in the year 2012. He became the fourth batsman to do so this year after Michael Clarke (1358), Alastair Cook (1236) and Hashim Amla (1064).
This is the fourth time Pietersen has scored 1000 Test runs in a calendar year. He had made 1343 in 2006, 1007 in 2007 and 1015 in 2008. He now holds the record for scoring 1000 Test runs in a calendar year on most occasions for England, moving ahead of Marcus Trescothick and Alastair Cook, who have both done so thrice each. Incidentally, Sachin Tendulkar holds the record of aggregating 1000 runs in a calendar year on most occasions - six.
Pietersen’s innings of 73 off 188 balls (SR 38.82) is his second slowest 50-plus innings in Test cricket. He had made 51 off 132 balls (SR 38.64) vs West Indies at St. John’s in 2008-09, which remains his slowest ever.
Pietersen was dismissed by a left-arm spinner (Ravindra Jadeja) for the fourth time in the series. The previous three dismissals came off the bowling of Pragyan Ojha. Overall, it was the 27th such instance for him in 149 completed innings (a percentage of 18.12). Interestingly, Pietersen fell to a left-arm spinner for the first time in his 64th Test innings (to Daniel Vettori in 2008). Since then he has fallen to left-arm spinners 26 more times in 93 innings!
England ended the day with 199 for five despite in 97 overs. The last time a team failed to score 200 on the opening day of a Test despite playing full 90 overs was in 2008 when Bangladesh made 183/4 in 94 overs against New Zealand at Chittagong.