On day 3 of the first Test between India and England at Rajkot, India replied strongly against England. Coming to bat on their overnight score of 63/0, India made 319/4 at the stumps of day 3. At the end of the day, India is still trailing by 218 runs.
Brief Scores: England – 537 (Ben Stokes 128, Joe Root 124, Ravindra Jadeja 3/86)
India – 319/4 (Murali Vijay 126, Cheteshwar Pujara 124, Ben Stokes 1/39)
Here are some statistical highlights of day 3 of the 1st Test:
- Indian batsman Cheteshwar Pujara scored a brilliant century on his home ground at Rajkot. Pujara became only the third Indian cricketer to score a century on their home venue’s Test debut. The other previous two Indian batsmen were Rusi Modi (112 at Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai) and Eknath Solkar (102 at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai)
- Indian batsmen Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara put on an important 209 runs partnership for the second wicket in the India’s first innings. It was India’s second highest Test partnership for the 2nd wicket against England. India’s highest second wicket Test partnership against England was 314 between Gautam Gambhir and Rahul Dravid at Mohali in 2008.
- Indian opening batsman Murali Vijay hit 4 sixes in the ongoing India’s first innings. It was the jointly most no.of sixes hit by an Indian batsman in a Test innings against England. There are four other Indian cricketers who achieved this feat before Vijay. Those Indian cricketers were: Kapil Dev, MS Dhoni, Virender Sehwag and Yuvraj Singh. Out of those 4 batsmen, only Sehwag was opening batsman for India.
- Indian opening batsman Murali Vijay scored 126 runs before getting out. Vijay faced 301 deliveries in this innings. Vijay became India’s third most in terms of deliveries faced by a batsman in a Test innings against England on Indian soil. The other two top Indian batsman on this list were: Sunil Gavaskar (faced 472 balls at Bengaluru in 1981) and Gautam Gambhir (faced 348 balls at Mohali in 2008).