England beat India in first Test: Records broken

Rajdeep Saha
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England beat India in first Test: Records broken
England beat India in first Test: Records broken

09 Feb 2021: England beat India in first Test: Records broken

England overcame India on Day 5 of the first Test match in Chennai to take a 1-0 lead in the four-match series.

In pursuit of 420 runs, Team India got bowled out to surrender the match (192/10).

On an entertaining day of cricket, England bowlers did well on a pitch that offered plenty of substance.

Here we present the records broken.

IND vs ENG: How did the first Test match pan out?

England batted first and posted 578 runs on the board.

Skipper Joe Root smashed a defiant 277-ball 218.

Rishabh Pant's 91 helped India score 337/10 next.

In the second innings, England were bowled out for 178.

R Ashwin (6/61) was brilliant with the ball.

India needed a strong response with the bat, however, the visitors bowled well and won the match by 227 runs.

Root: Root smashes fifth double-century in Test cricket

Root smashed a fifth double-century and a first against India.

He achieved a unique feat of scoring three scores of 150-plus in three consecutive Tests.

Root has gone on to convert his hundreds into big scores.

Notably, the scores of his last four Test 100s read: 226, 228, 186, 218.

Root became the second Englishman to register five double centuries, equaling Alastair Cook's feat.

Records: Notable records scripted by Root after 20th Test hundred

Root (218 and 44) went on to surpass the 1,500-run mark against India in Test cricket (1,679).

He now has five Test centuries against India.

Root, now has 20 Test centuries under his belt, and has equaled the likes of former England stalwarts Graham Gooch and Ken Barrington (20 each).

Root also has five centuries in Asia, besides nine Test centuries as captain.

Fact: Root is the third English batsman to register 8,500-plus runs

Root became only the third English batsman to register 8,500-plus runs in Test cricket. The senior batsman has 8,507 career Test runs and went past the tally of Alex Stewart (8,463). He also became the 25th player in Tests to get past 8,500 runs.

Unique records: Unique records scripted by Root

Root's 218 is now the highest individual score for an England captain in India.

In all India-England Test matches, the only English captain to score more is Graham Gooch (333 at Lord's, 1990).

Root is now the only player to score a double-hundred in Test number 100.

He also became the first English batsman to reach Test double-hundred with a six.

Stokes: Stokes records multiple feats in knock of 82

All-rounder Ben Stokes missed out on a Test ton in the first innings, but his counter-attacking innings kept England afloat.

During his 82-run knock, Stokes reached the 1,000-run mark against India in international cricket.

Stokes now owns 77 Test sixes, third-most among English batsmen after Kevin Pietersen (81) and Andrew Flintoff (78).

Since his debut, no batsman has hit more Test sixes than Stokes.

Ishant: Ishant Sharma completes 300 Test wickets

Indian pace spearhead Ishant Sharma became only the third Indian fast bowler after Kapil Dev and Zaheer Khan to take 300 wickets in Test cricket.

Overall, Ishant is the sixth Indian cricketer to take 300 wickets in the format.

He also became the fourth Indian fast bowler to take 100 Test wickets in home conditions, after Dev (219), Javagal Srinath (108) and Zaheer (104).

Ashwin: Notable records scripted by India's ace spinner Ashwin

India's ace spinner R Ashwin claimed nine wickets in the match, including a terrific 6/61.

He has raced to 386 career Test wickets at an average of 25.47.

Ashwin claimed his 28th five-wicket haul in Tests and a fourth against England.

He now has 65 Test scalps against England.

During the second innings, he dismissed Stokes for a record eighth time in Test cricket.

Feats: Notable feats achieved by the Indian batsmen

Cheteshwar Pujara (73 and 15) has raced to 6,199 career Test runs at 47.68.

Notably, Pujara slammed his 29th Test fifty.

Ashwin (31 and 9) surpassed the 2,500-run mark in Tests (2,507).

Virat Kohli (11 and 72) amassed his 24th career Test fifty.

Rishabh Pant slammed his fifth Test fifty and has been dismissed thrice in the 90s on home soil.

Stat attack: A look at the notable team stats

This was England's third successive Test win against India (home and away).

They have won five of the last six Tests against Team India.

This was the 10th meeting between the two sides at the Chepauk Stadium.

England won their fourth encounter here.

Prior to this defeat, India had gone 14 matches unbeaten on home soil after their loss against Australia in February 2017.

Fact: England are unbeaten in eight successive Test matches

England are unbeaten in eight successive Tests, winning three in a row. They had two draws against Pakistan after winning the first Test last year, Prior to that, they won the second and third Test matches against West Indies after losing the first.

Key records: Root scripts these records as England skipper, Kohli disappoints

Joe Root has maintained a 100% record by visiting captains in Asia.

He has won all six of the matches captained on Asian soil.

Root won his 26th career Test match as England captain, equaling Michael Vaughan's record.

England have registered the most successive wins by visiting sides in Asia (6).

Virat Kohli has now lost his last four Tests as captain.

Also see: India vs England, 1st Test: Key takeaways from Day 3
India vs England, Joe Root smashes double-century: Records broken
India vs England, 1st Test: Records that can be scripted
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