Alastair Cook Out Performs Virat Kohli in the Battle of Numbers of the two test team captain

Some statistics which can be drawn after the fifth and final day of the first test in Rajkot between India and England which was drawn:

  • Alaistair Cook’s 17 centuries away from home is the most for any English batsman in Tests. Ken Barrington has the next best tally (13).
  • Cook has extended his record for most centuries (30) for England in Tests. In all, 13 batsmen have registered 30 hundreds or more in Tests.aa-cover-dp6u7v7clbrcq8an48micfmg71-20161113203037-medi
  • Cook is the first batsman to hit 5 test hundreds against India in India. The second place with four hundreds each is shared by three players = Everton Weekes (WI), Hashim Amla (SA) and Clive Lloyd (WI).
  • Cook has equaled Kevin Peterson’s record for most centuries against India in Tests with 12 centuries, both share the record now.
  • In the third match innings in Tests, Cook has managed 12, equaling Kumar Sangakkara’s tally. Three other players have scored ten hundreds each – Sachin Tendulkar, Jacques Kallis and Matthew Hayden.
  • Cook is the fourth visiting batsman to amass more than 1000 runs in Tests in India – 1017 at an average of 63.56 in 9 Tests. He has joined Clive Lloyd (1359 at 75.50 in 14), Gordon Greenidge (1042 at 45.30 in 14) and Matthew Hayden (1027 at 51.35 in 11).
  • Since his comeback to Test Cricket this year, Gambhir has average 27.00 – his tally being 108 in four innings, including a fifty.
  • Cook and Hameed were involved in a 180 runs opening partnership which is the highest for any visiting pair vs India in the second innings of a Test Match.
  • This partnership is England’s highest opening stand vs India in India in Tests, surpassing the 178 between Tim Robinson and Graeme Fowler at Chennai in January 1985.
  • Virat Kohli with his 49 runs in the second innings posted his second highest Test score vs England in 10 Tests next only to the 103 at Nagpur in December 2012.
  • Kohli is enoying his best ever year in Tests in terms of averages = his tally being 549 runs in eight Tests at an average of 59.00, including two hundreds.
  • Kohli has managed 718 runs in 15 innings at an average of 65.27 in the fourth innings in Tests. The said average is the highest by an Indian batsman in the fourth innings in Tests.


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