Rishabh Pant First Indian WicketKeeper to Score Century Soil & More Breathtaking Facts

India is on the driving seat of the Sydney Test and the Aussies had a field day with Pujara, Pant & Jadeja taking them to all parts of the ground. Here are some amazing facts from the Day-2 of the Sydney Test.

1. This is the first instance that an Indian wicketkeeper-batsman scored a century on Australian soil. Pant’s unbeaten 159 is the FIFTH time an Indian wicketkeeper scored hundred outside the sub-continent and the FIRST to do so in Australia. Pant went past Farokh Engineer’s 89 which he scored at the Adelaide Oval in 1967 which was the highest score by an Indian wicketkeeper in Australia. Pant also holds the record for a highest personal score by an Indian wicketkeeper in England.

2. Pant is also the second youngest at 21 years and 92 days to score a century in Australia. Master Blaster is the first youngest player to do so at the age of just 18 years old when he batted hundreds in Sydney and Perth during India’s tour in 1991-92.

3. India has scored 500+ after 10 years in SENA countries. The last time they did was against New Zealand in 2009 where they scored 520 against New Zealand in Hamilton in March 2009. They batted 75 times after that in these parts of the world with the highest total of 476 for 4 in the same series against New Zealand.

4. 622/7 dec is India’s second-highest total in Australia in Test cricket after 705 for 7 Dec at the same venue in the New Year’s Test in 2004 9Where Sachin Tendulkar scored 241) Interestingly, all of India’s four highest totals have come at the SCG. They made 600 for 4 Dec in 1986 and 532 in 2008 at the same venue.

5. The partnership between Pant & Jadeja of 204 is the highest partnership for the seventh wicket in Tests played in Australia. They both went past 185 between Graham Yallop and Greg Matthews against Pakistan at the MCG in 1983, they also surpassed the partnership of 199 between Pujara and Wriddhiman Saha in Ranchi in 2017 to create the highest partnership for India against Australia.

6. Pujara’s missed on his Double Hundred and his score of 193 is the sixth-highest individual score by a player from a sub-continent side in Australia. It is also Pujara’s highest score in an away Test bettering 153 each in Johannesburg in 2013 and Galle in 2017.7. 1258Balls faced in this series so far by Pujara is the most for an Asian batsman in a series. He went past Dravid’s 1203 balls in four Tests in 2003-04. Pujara has scored 521 runs this series which is the third most for an Asian batsman in a series in Australia after Kohli’s 692 runs in 2014-15 and Dravid’s 619 in 2003-04.

8. Lyon bowled 57.2 Overs in India’s first innings which is the most he has bowled in an innings surpassing 52 he bowled in Dubai October’18. Last time an Australian bowled as many overs in a home Test was 59 by Greg Matthews in 1993 at the same venue against West Indies. Lyon’s strike rate of 91.8 at the SCG is the worst for him at a venue in Australia.

If India wins or draws this test match it will be the first instance in history that they will be winning a test series in Australia.

All stats courtesy Cricbuzz & ESPN Cricinfo.

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Vikrant Shukla

Self-proclaimed reviewer, an avid reader, movie buff and cricket fan. Loves cooking and all things tech. Still figuring out what's best, iOS & Android, Narcos & Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones & Game of Thrones.

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