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Thursday, 7 November 2013

India vs West Indies – 1st Test, Day 1: Stats Highlights

Mohammed Shami and Rohit Sharma were making their Test debut for India. They became the 279th and 280th players to represent India in Test cricket.

Sheldon Cottrell became the 297th player to represent West Indies in Test cricket. (Also Read: India vs West Indies – 1st Test, Day 1: Report)

Rohit Sharma made his Test debut after having appeared in 108 one-day internationals. He now holds the record of playing most ODIs before making his Test debut. Rohit wrested the record from India teammate Suresh Raina, who had appeared in 98 ODIs before making his Test debut (vs Sri Lanka in 2010).

Sachin Tendulkar became the seventh Indian to play a Test after turning 40, after Rustomji Jamshedji, CK Nayudu, Cota Ramaswami, Vijay Merchant, Lala Amarnath and Vinoo Mankad.

Incidentally the last 40-plus player to appear in a Test was England’s Alec Stewart (in 2003). The last Indian to play a Test after turning 40 was Vinoo Mankad.

Sachin Tendulkar is playing his 13th Test at the Eden Gardens – most by an Indian at a particular ground. He shared the record previously with Sunil Gavaskar, who played 12 Tests at Chepauk, Chennai.

The Test is Sachin’s 93rd home Test. With this he surpassed Ricky Ponting’s record of playing most (92) home Tests.

Mohammed Shami’s figures of 4 for 71 are the best for an Indian making his debut at the Eden Gardens, obliterating Ghulam Ahmed’s 4 for 94 also against West Indies in 1948-49.
Shami’s figures are also the third-best by an Indian pacer on debut in first innings of a Test, after Abid Ali’s 6 for 55 (vs Australia, Adelaide, 1967-68) and Mohammad Nissar’s 5 for 93 (vs England, Lord’s in 1932).

Sachin Tendulkar’s wicket of Shane Shillingford was his first in Test cricket after a gap of 33 months. His last wicket had come against South Africa at Cape Town in January 2011 (victim: Mark Boucher). Incidentally, Tendulkar’s last Test hundred had also come in that Test!

West Indies were bowled out on the opening day of the Test – seventh such instance for them against India.


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