India v West Indies, 1st Test, Kolkata, 2nd day November 7, 2013

Rohit hits the highest on debut at the Eden

Shiva Jayaraman
Stats highlights from the second day's play of the Eden Gardens Test between India and West Indies

  • Rohit's unbeaten 127 is the highest individual score on debut and the fifth hundred on debut at the Eden Gardens. Rohit's hundred was the 11th against West Indies and the fourth-highest score against them by a batsman on debut.

  • Rohit's hundred is the 14th by an India batsman on debut and the fourth-highest score, at present, by an India batsman on debut. Only Shikhar Dhawan (187 v Australia, Mohali, 2013), Gundappa Viswanath (137 v Australia, Kanpur, 1969) and Sourav Ganguly (131 v England, Lord's, 1996) have scored more on debut.

  • M Vijay's wicket was Shane Shillingford's 50th in Tests. Along with Sonny Ramadhin - who also got to the landmark in 11 Tests - he is the second-fastest West Indies spinner to 50 Test wickets. Alf Valentine, who took just eight Tests, is the fastest spinner to 50 wickets for West Indies. Click here for a list of bowlers fastest to 50 wickets in Tests.

  • Shillingford's four-wicket haul is only the ninth occasion of a West Indies spinner taking four or more wickets in an innings in Tests against India in India. Carl Hooper's five-wicket haul at Nagpur in 1994 was the last such occasion.

  • Ashwin's unbeaten 92 is his fifth score of fifty or more runs and his second-highest in Tests. His only hundred in Tests came against the same opposition, in Mumbai in 2011. Among India batsmen, only Kapil Dev (13) and Harbhajan Singh (7) have more fifty-plus scores in Tests batting at No. 8. With this innings, he has drawn level with MS Dhoni and Syed Kirmani, who also have five fifty-plus scores batting at No. 8 for India.

  • India's late middle-order made up for the rather shaky start to their innings: the 261 runs scored together by Rohit, Dhoni and Ashwin are the third-highest ever for India in Tests by their No.6, No. 7 and No.8 batsmen. Yuvraj Singh, Dinesh Karthik and Irfan Pathan added 295 runs in a Test against Pakistan in Bangalore in 2007, the highest added for India in Test by their batsman batting at No. 6 to 8. This was also only the sixth time in Tests that India's No. 6 to 8 hit 40 or more runs in an innings.

  • India's batsmen have been quite vulnerable against quality-spin bowling in the last couple of years. Out of the 18 innings in Tests in India since January 2012, opposition spinners have taken four or more wickets in an innings against India on ten occasions. Considering that the 51 wickets that spinners took in these innings have come at a strike rate of 42.7 and at an average of 20.90, India batsman have been dismissed cheaply to boot.

  • The 271 runs that were added by the partnerships between Rohit Sharma and MS Dhoni, and Rohit and R Ashwin is only the sixth time in Tests for India that 250 or more runs have been added by the sixth and the seventh wicket. The highest runs added for the sixth and seventh wickets for India are 307, also at the Eden Gardens, against South Africa in 2010.

Shiva Jayaraman is sub-editor (stats) at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Android on November 8, 2013, 5:17 GMT

    really surprised to know that rohit is playing his debut test. was under the impression that would have some test matches before & the first one long time back...he is a better test batsman than other one day specialists who have played tests before him...surprising reality!

  • Dummy4 on November 8, 2013, 4:58 GMT

    well done, Rohit Sharma, how great if you can get to a double Century. How proud your country would be!

  • Dummy4 on November 8, 2013, 2:01 GMT

    @shankar note it says "at the Eden Gardens"

  • Vidyadhar on November 8, 2013, 0:47 GMT

    Interesting fact. For all the early debutant centurions before Vishwanath, their debut century was their only 3 figure score. Vishwanath broke that jinx.

  • Vigneswaran on November 7, 2013, 21:54 GMT

    @Shanker Venkat - Rohit's 127 is the highest debut score on Kolkata - thats what article meant.

  • Dummy4 on November 7, 2013, 19:22 GMT

    I thought dhawan score of 187 is highest

  • Dummy4 on November 7, 2013, 18:47 GMT

    @Hardik Shah how it comes wrong? OK, 6th wicket partnership was mere 48 runs but 7th wicket partnership was 259* , hence 259+ 48= 307.

  • Prahaladh on November 7, 2013, 18:26 GMT

    @Hardik: It's sixth and seventh combined

  • Dummy4 on November 7, 2013, 17:35 GMT

    I think, Last stat mentioned here is wrong. Because given link for 2010 Test against South Africa shows that India lost only 6 wickets and 6th wicket Partnership was mere 48 Runs

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