Despite losing about half the match to rain, bad light and poor over rate, we witnessed a riveting encounter between India and Sri Lanka in the first test match.
The curtailed game did not bring any respite for the statisticians who were kept busy by several records which were formed over the course of the match. Let us have a glance at all that found a place in the record books after the 1st match between India and Sri Lanka.
Perfect five for Pujara
Cheteshwar Pujara batted some time or the other on all five days of the match, registering a unique record to his name. Pujara became the third Indian batsman to bat on all days of a test match after the incumbent team India coach, Ravi Shastri and former selector, ML Jaisimha. Incidentally, all these three have achieved this feat at Eden Gardens.
Pujara was the sole half centurion from the Indian side in the first innings that fought it out on the green top of Eden Gardens. Bringing his County experience to good use, Pujara held his end on the first two days, scoring a hard fought 52. He was bowled by the Lakan pacer Gamage on an in swinger that sneaked between his bat and pad.
Jadeja and Ashwin register an unpleasant record
Before the series began, Ashwin and Jadeja were rated as the most potent weapons of the Indian bowling line up. However, taking the overcast conditions and the grassy wicket into account, Ashwin and Jadeja only bowled a total of 9 overs between them in the first innings of the Kolkata test. These were the least number of overs bowled by Indian spinners in the first innings of a home test. The previous least was the 16 overs bowled at Delhi against West Indies in 1987-88.
Ashwin was tried by Kohli for 8 overs to extract bounce out of the Eden’s pitch but he could not produce a break through. Virat was even less patient with Jadeja as he took him out of the attack after just a solitary over. Moreover, Ashwin and Jadeja were not able to clinch even a single wicket in both the innings of the match.
KL Rahul slides from one record to another
The first ball of the match by Lakmal that squared up KL Rahul has put him in an unwanted list. Rahul has become the sixth Indian batsmen to be dismissed off the first ball of a Test match. Prior to this, 5 Indian players, namely, Sunil Gavaskar (three times), Sudhir Naik, Woorkeri Raman, Shiv Sunder Das and Wasim Jaffer featured in this list.
Rahul’s golden duck was the second duck of his injury prone career. His first duck was against England last year at Visakhapatnam.
Before his match, Rahul was on a seven fifty run streak in Tests. With 7 half centuries, he is now running equivalent to the likes of Everton Weekes, Andy Flower, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Kumar Sangakkara and Chris Rogers.
Lakmal looks a class apart
By dismissing India’s KL Rahul off the first ball, Suranga Lakmal became the first Sri Lankan bowler to achieve this distinction. This was not the first time that Lakmal has accomplished this. He had earlier clinched the wicket of Chris Gayle off the first ball of a test match in December 2010 at Kandy. Other than him, no Sri Lankan bowler has achieved this distinction in Tests.
After Australia’s Richie Benaud, Lakmal also became the second bowler to capture three wickets without conceding a run in a Test innings. Lakmal produced exceptional figures of 6-6-0-3 in his maiden Test innings v/s India. Benaud, in December 1959, had recorded excellent bowling figures of 3.4-3-0-3 in India’s first innings score of 135 at Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi. Interestingly, both have registered the feat against India in India.
Kohli piles up half century of centuries
King Kohli was at his dominating best once again in his 104 run innings which he scored at a brisk strike rate of 87. This was his 18th ton in test matches and 50th overall.
Kohli’s performance had been inconsistent in tests since he had scored a double century against Bangladesh at Hyderabad. In his last 11 innings, he had only one 100 plus score to his name. With an average of 40.81 in Tests this year, it had been his worst performance since his infamous England slump in 2012. However, this unbeaten century is expected to turn his fortunes around.
Kohli’s return to scoring form is an inkling of the things to come. With Virat leading from the front and the duo of Bhuvi and Shami on fire, many more records are under the danger of being broken in the remaining two test matches.