Stats - James Anderson's 454-ball wait against Virat Kohli comes to an end

James Anderson wheels away after getting Virat Kohli
August 05, 2021

37.3 Overs batted by Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul, the most by an opening pair for India in Tests outside Asia since 2008. Four of India's top five longest opening partnerships outside Asia in this period came in 2021.

97 Opening stand between Sharma and Rahul, the second-highest opening partnership for India in Test matches in England since 1980. Only Wasim Jaffer and Dinesh Karthik pair had a higher partnership, 147 in 2007, also in Nottingham.

Sharma and Rahul's partnership is the highest for the first wicket by a visiting pair in England since Dimuth Karunaratne and Kaushal Silva's 108-run stand in 2016 at Lord's.

It is also the second-highest opening stand in Tests by any team in the last five English seasons. Rory Burns and Dom Sibley's 114 against West Indies in Manchester is the highest in this period.

454 Balls faced by Virat Kohli against James Anderson between his last two dismissals against the veteran pacer in Test cricket. The last time Kohli got out to Anderson before his golden duck in Nottingham was during the 2014 Manchester Test. Anderson has dismissed Kohli on six occasions in Test cricket so far, including twice for a duck.

22 Balls faced by India's No. 3 (Cheteshwar Pujara), No. 4 (Kohli) and No. 5 (Ajinkya Rahane) collectively in the first innings. Only twice did India's No. 3, 4 and 5 faced fewer balls in a Test innings since 2000. Pujara, Kohli and Rahane lasted only eight balls in the second innings of the 2018 Melbourne Test while Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly collectively faced only 14 balls in the first innings of the 2008 Galle Test.

9 Ducks, including three on the first ball, for Kohli as a Tests captain, the most by an Indian captain in this format. Four of Kohli's nine ducks as Test skipper came while playing against England, including three in 2021.

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