We bring you the statistical highpoints of the second day’s play at Old Trafford, Manchester.
1) India’s rising star and number one bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar has dismissed 18 England batsmen at an average of 21.77 in the series so far, which means he now shares a record for most wickets by an Indian in a Test series against England in England. The bowler he is poised to overtake is Zaheer Khan who had claimed 18 scalps (ave.20.33) wickets. Zaheer, though, only played in three Tests in 2007.
2) Now on to some batting stats, as Joe Root is turning out to be Mr consistent in home Tests. He has amassed 1181 runs at an average of 59.05 in 13 home Tests. His performance this year, though, has gone two notches up, as he scored 599 runs in only six Tests at staggering average of 85.57, which includes two hundreds and as many fifties.
3) Since we are on Root, the Yorkshire man enjoys batting against India, scoring 433 runs in five Tests at an average of 86.60, with help of a hundred and three fifties.
4) Now back to Kumar whose strike rate this series is of 47.6 which his best in a Test series EVER. In this series he has claimed two five-wicket hauls – at Nottingham and at Lord’s respectively.
6) Ian Bell (58) notched up his 42nd Test fifty overall and his fourth vs India. His stats at Old Trafford are superlative, collecting 608 runs at an average of 76.00 in seven matches played.