On a day that Alastair Cook scored his fifth Test century in India, the most by a visiting batsman, he came desperately close to registering an unlikely Test win, but was defied by his opposite n
Given the choice, India prefer to be aggressive and take their chances a fourth-innings target. In Rajkot, however, led by Virat Kohli's excellent balance, they acquainted themselves with the val
From Haseeb's spin tactics to Cook's captaincy, Aakash Chopra examines the technical talking points from day five in Rajkot
With just two defeats in 18 Tests under Virat Kohli's leadership, India have rarely been faced with the challenge of saving a game, especially not on home soil. In the circumstances, the captain felt they had adapted well and learnt new skills
The stats and milestones from the final day's play in the first Test between India and England at Rajkot
A sublime 243-ball 130 from Alastair Cook - his 30th Test ton - helped England claim a moral victory by drawing the first Test against India in Rajkot on Sunday.
They may have fallen just short of victory, but England can leave Rajkot hugely encouraged by their performance
The fourth day of the Rajkot Test ended as it began: with England needing some magic to give them a chance to win the Test
Haseeb Hameed's impressive Test debut has fired England's optimism that this time they have found an opener to be reckoned with.
From Ashwin's technique against spin to the drawback of Rashid's run-up, Aakash Chopra examines the technical talking points from day four in Rajkot.
Stats highlights from the penultimate day of the Rajkot Test.
England's debutant opener, Haseeb Hameed, hit five fours and a six in his unbeaten 116-ball 62 that gave the tourists a comfortable 163-run lead against India on the fourth day of the first Test being played in Rajkot on Saturday.
By making up for his lack of wickets with a classy half-century, India's lead spinner may have hauled his side towards safety on a Rajkot deck that hasn't yet sprung to life
Centuries from Cheteshwar Pujara and M Vijay led India's response to England's 537 on an engrossing third day in Rajkot
Despite the lack of tangible reward on a tough third day, England's seamers and spinners both displayed an admirable attitude to keep India waiting
India's opener, Murali Vijay, joined forces with Cheteshwar Pujara to score his sixth Test ton, on the third day, of the first Test against England being played in Rajkot on Friday.
Cheteshwar Pujara gave the crowd the very thing they would have been hoping for since they realised Test cricket was finally coming to Rajkot
Aakash Chopra examines the techniques of India's centurions and praises Chris Woakes' use of the crease in his analytical observations from the third day of the Rajkot Test
Stats highlights from Rajkot, where M Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara were involved in another big partnership
Two of India's Test-match specialists showed the importance of their old-school methods to haul their side into contention at Rajkot
England raised the first 500 against India in India since they did it themselves four years ago in Kolkata
Ben Stokes' last three Test innings against India in 2014, yielded three ducks. He made amends for his earlier failures in England, by scoring his fourth ton, which guided his side to a sizable first-innings score of 537 in their first Test against India
The visitors, led by Ben Stokes and Moeen Ali, proved to themselves - and to India- that they weren't spooked by the turning ball, and that had learned from the Dhaka debacle
A certain Murphy S. Law visited Rajkot for its debut Test, and spent rather more time around India's bowlers and fielders than they would have liked
Three centuries in a visiting team's innings is a rare sight in India, just like the expensive economy rates of the home team's spinners
The catches that India put down in the first innings in Rajkot
The case of the missing yorkers, and how Gautam Gambhir has made his open stance work are among Aakash Chopra's analytical observations from the second day of the Rajkot Test
Joe Root scored the first century by a batsman visiting India since Michael Clarke in February 2013 to help England score the first 300 against India in the last 20 Test innings in India
India's spinners, and R Ashwin in particular, had threatened to disrupt England's effort on the first day of the first Test in Rajkot, but Joe Root starred for the tourists with an impressive ton - his eleventh in Tests, to guide his side to a sizable 311
For a split-second, Umesh Yadav's heart was in his mouth. He'd had the key wicket of England's innings clasped in his hands but appeared to have tossed it away in a celebratory gesture
R Ashwin's angle of attack and the slip fielders' conundrum also feature in Aakash Chopra's analytical observations from the first day of the Rajkot Test
Joe Root and Moeen Ali combined to give England the best start they could have wished for, on a surface that will only get harder for batting.
India's batting coach Sanjay Bangar said Mohammed Shami was suffering from muscular cramps, not a hamstring issue, which was the reason he continued to bowl at the end of the first day in Rajkot
Not since 2013 had a visiting batsman scored a century in a Test in India
England have a lot of experience using the DRS, but you might not have guessed as much from their early referrals on the review system's Test debut in India
While there is a degree of excitement and nervous energy going around, nothing over the top awaits local boys Cheteshwar Pujara and Ravindra Jadeja in what is a region with a rich cricketing hist
Deprived of the chance to bat first and put massive runs on the board, India were forced to improvise in a bid to create pressure. And it didn't work
While Virat Kohli said the liberal amount of grass on the Rajkot track was a factor in India's lack of dominance in the Test, SCA secretary Niranjan Shah called it a pitch fit for five days of Te
England's spinners will have the services of Saqlain Mushtaq to call up until after the third Test in Mohali after his contract was extended
England coach Trevor Bayliss believes that if his team can maintain the level of intensity in their performances they will have a chance of winning the ongoing Test series against India
On a dissimilar surface to the ones they've encountered in recent home Tests, India's bowlers lacked consistency and failed to adapt, raising questions about their overall efficiency
James Anderson's determination to battle back from injury and return to a country where he played a defining role in the 2012-13 triumph is both admirable, and typical
Haseeb Hameed, England's 19-year-old Test debutant, will be playing both with and against his heroes in Rajkot tomorrow, in front of his Gujarat-based extended family
Fit, fast and attacking the stumps, Mohammad Shami will ensure England get no respite when India's spinners take a break
Virat Kohli has said he was "thankful" for India's tour of England in 2014, when he totalled 135 runs in five Tests, because it has led to his becoming a "really improved cricketer"
Last time a completed Test ended in a draw in Ind - Nagpur, also involving Eng. Ind had won 12 consecutive completed Tests since then excluding v SA, Bangalore (rain).
Kohli's average in the fourth inns of Tests, before this. He has made two centuries and four fifties in 14 innings.
Run rate required for India to win this Test - 310 in 49 overs.
No. of Test centuries for Cook in India - most by any visiting batsman in the country. Weekes, Lloyd and Amla made 4 100s here.
No. of England players to make a 50-plus score before the age of 20, including Haseeb Hameed. Others: Jack Crawford (1906) and Dennis Compton (1937)
Last time an overseas team managed to get the first-inns lead in a Test in India, before this - Eng in Nagpur. In 13 Tests since then, Ind gained average lead of 155 runs.
No. of scores of 40 or more for Ashwin against England, including this - most for him against any team. He has 4 40+ scores against WI.
Last time an Ind batsman was out hit wicket in Tests, before Kohli - VVS Laxman in Antigua. Kohli is the second Ind captain after L Amarnath to be out in this fashion.
Kohli's ave vs Eng, before this - his lowest against any team playing more than one Test. He had made 188 at 31.33 vs Eng in 2012-13 and 134 at 13.40 in Eng 2014.
No. of consecutive innings without a century for Vijay, before this. His last hundred was 150 against Bangladesh in Fatullah.
No. of Test centuries for Pujara vs Eng - the most for him against any opposition. He had hit 206* and 135 in the 2012-13 series before making another in this inns.