2 – The number of times Virat Kohli has been dismissed in the 90s in Tests. After converting 17 consecutive 90s into centuries, an Indian record, Kohli got a nervous 90 when he was dismissed for 97 on the opening day of the third Test against England in Nottingham. Before that his only dismissal in the 90s was against South Africa in Johannesburg in 2013.
1 – There have been many firsts for India in the third Test against England.
The all-rounder Hardik Pandya became the first Indian pacer to take a 5-wicket haul in Tests after coming to bowl as a third-change bowler. Pandya, used as fifth bowler by Kohli, ended up claiming five wickets for 28 runs from six overs, also his maiden 5-wicket haul in Tests.
The wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant became the first Indian batsman to open his account in Tests with a six and by pouching five catches behind the stumps he also became the first Indian keeper and only sixth in the world to have 5 dismissals in an innings on Test debut.
Having made his debut at the age of 20 years and 318, Pant is also the youngest keeper in Test history to claim 5 dismissals in an innings. The previous record belonged to England’s Chris Read who was 20 years and 325 days old when he took five catches and had a stumping against New Zealand in Birmingham in 1999.
3 – The number of times England have lost 10 wickets in a session in the last two years. England went from 54-0 to 161 all out in the afternoon session in Nottingham courtesy a five-wicket haul by Pandya. The English had also lost ten in a session against New Zealand in Auckland earlier in the year and against Bangladesh in Mirpur in 2016. According to BBC’s Statistician Andrew Samson, England had not lost ten wickets in a session for 78 years between 1936 and 2016.
13 – The number of years after which an Englishman played a Test without coming to bat, without bowling a delivery and without taking a catch. Adil Rashid achieved the unwanted feat during England’s win against India in the second Test at Lord’s. Rashid was not required to bat or bowl as England convincingly beat India by an innings and 159 runs. Never mind he will be paid 12,000 GBP as match fees. The previous England player to go a Test without batting, bowling and catching was Gareth Batty against Bangladesh, also at Lord’s, in 2005.
90 – The number of runs scored by Trinbago Knight Riders in the overs 16-20 against Saint Lucia in Gros Islet on Thursday night, the highest a team has recorded in the last 5 overs of a chase in T20s. Needing 85 off 30 balls, Knight Riders struck 90 off 4.5 overs to scale a target of 213. Thanks to Darren Bravo’s 94 off 36 balls, including five sixes off an over bowled by Kieron Pollard. The previous highest total recorded in overs 16-20 in a chase was 84 by Sussex against Gloucestershire in Bristol in 2015.
34 – The number of sixes hit in the match between Knight Riders and Stars, equaling the world record of most maximums in a T20 match. The other occasion when 34 sixes were hit was in a Super Smash match between Central Districts and Otago in New Plymouth in 2016.
226 – Saint Lucia Stars’ total against Barbados Tridents on Friday night, the highest in CPL’s history and the highest in T20 history with at least 3 ducks in the innings. Stars ended the innings at 226-6 despite three batsmen – David Warner, Lendl Simmons and Daren Sammy – returning to the pavilion without scoring a run. The previous highest total with 3 or more ducks was 223 by Hobart Hurricanes against Melbourne Renegades in 2017.
384 – The number of innings taken by Kieron Pollard to score a hundred in T20s, the longest a batsman has taken to register his maiden century. Pollard’s 104 off 54 for Saint Lucia Stars was the first century of his career spanning over 12 years and 384 innings. The previous record was 222 innings by Shahid Afridi.
98 – South Africa’s total against Sri Lanka in the one-off T20 International in Colombo last week. It was first time that South Africa were bowled out for a sub-100 total in T20Is. Their previous lowest score in the format was 100 against Pakistan in Centurion in 2013. Sri Lanka won the match by three wickets and capped off the tour that witnessed the hosts winning Test series 2-0 and T20I 1-0 and the visitors winning ODIs 3-2.