India vs England 2020-21, 1st Test: Records galore as England stays atop on Day 2
England is off to a terrific start in the opening Test for the Anthony de Mello Trophy, defended by India. The game is being played in Chennai, as the host has had a tough time so far. Meanwhile, English skipper, Joe Root has been the star, scoring 200 and scripting numerous records.
Host India had no respite from England's dominant gameplay in the opening Test for the Anthony de Mello Trophy, at the MA Chidambaram (Chepauk) Stadium in Chennai. At Day 2, on Saturday, England scored past 550, while skipper Joe Root's double century shattered records. In the same light, we take a look at some of the broken records during the day's play.
Records galore from Root
Starting with the man himself, Root scored his Test career's fifth 200. In the process, he has achieved outstanding records, which include:
- Joint-second to score 150-plus in consecutive Tests (3)
- Highest Test score for him against India, going past his unbeaten 154 in 2014
- Highest Test score by an English captain in India
- First Englishman to score 200 with a SIX
- Second after Inzamam ul Haq to score 150-plus in 100th Test
- First cricketer to score 200 in his 100th Test
- First since Brendon McCullum in 2013-14 to score 200 against India
- 15th man to score a Test 200 in India
- Third highest run-scorer in Tests for England, after Alastair Cook (12,472) and Graham Gooch (8,900)
- Second captain, after Don Bradman, to score 150-plus in three consecutive Tests
India scripts unwanted ones
England's gain was India's unwanted, as it was the second time since 2013 that there have been twin successive 100-plus stands against India in a Test innings. The previous one happened to be in 2019-20, by South Africa (115 for 5th wicket and 164 for 6th wicket). It is also the second tie in the last 60 Tests that India has conceded over 500 in an innings. India has also bowled the most overs (180) in a Test innings since 2016 (157.2), besides even bowling the most number of no-balls in a Test innings, going past Windies's 18 against England in 2010.
Jasprit Bumrah bowls the most
Bumrah has bowled 31 overs in the innings so far, which is his most in a Test innings to date. His previous most was 30. However, he has bowled more on three occasions in First-Class cricket.
Winning the toss, England elected to bat first and is going great, having scored more than 550. Skipper Root is the top scorer (218), while four of the Indian bowlers have claimed a couple of wickets each, with pacer Ishant Sharma being the most economical one.
Brief scores: England 555/8 (Sibley 87, Root 218, Stokes 82; Ishant 2/52) vs India.