India’s journey in the World Test Championship got off to a poor start as they were reduced to 25/3 in the very first hour of the game after losing the toss. The two players under the scanner, KL Rahul (44) and Ajinkya Rahane (81), rescued the team with a 68-run partnership. Rahane went on to add 82 runs for the 5th wicket with Hanuma Vihari (32). Kemar Roach and Shannon Gabriel shared five wickets between them to leave India six down for 203 at early stumps due to rain.
All the statistical highlights from the first day of the Antigua Test between Windies and India:
India’s worst start:
25 – The 25 runs India added before losing their 3rd wicket are the 2nd fewest for them in the first innings of an away Test series. India were three down for 19 runs in the opening session of the 2018/19 series in Australia.
47 – India lost their 3rd wicket in only 47 deliveries; the 3rd fewest they batted before losing their 3rd wicket in the first innings of a Test since 2001. India lost their 3rd wicket for just 8 runs in 4.4 overs during the 2014 Manchester Test and were 27/3 by 7.2 overs in the 2002 Bridgetown Test match.
A rare recovery for India:
4 – Only the 4th time in Test cricket that India added fifty-plus stands for 4th and 5th wickets after losing their first three wickets for 25 or fewer runs. None of the previous three such instances were during the opening innings of a Test.
Rahane @ 10000:
50 – Ajinkya Rahane became the 50th player from India to amass 10000 runs in first-class cricket. Rahane completed this milestone when he went past his individual score of 44. He needed 138 matches and 226 innings for this feat. Rahane completed 8000 runs in his 156th innings itself but needed 70 more innings to score 2000 runs.
A FC milestone for Vihari:
6015 – Hanuma Vihari completed 6000 runs in first-class cricket when he reached his individual score of 17 runs. Vihari’s current batting average of 58.97 in this format is the 9th best for any player with 6000 or more FC runs. Among the active cricketers, no player has a better FC average than Vihari among the players with 3000+ runs.
Rahane’s favourite opponent:
89 – Ajinkya Rahane has a batting average of 89 in Test cricket against the Windies. He amassed 445 runs across seven Test innings against them including a hundred and three fifties. In the Caribbean Islands, his average shoots up to 108 as he scored 324 runs from five innings here with a century and two fifties.
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