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Root tumbles records during Chepauk double

218 by Joe Root is the highest by a batsman in his 100th Test surpassing 184 by Inzamam-ul-Haq’s 184, also against India, in Bengaluru in 2004/05. Overall, Root was the ninth player to score a century in his 100th Test and the third Englishman to do so after Colin Cowdrey and Alec Stewart.

Hundreds in 100th Test

Player Runs Team Against Venue Season
Colin Cowdrey 104 England Australia Birmingham 1968
Javed Miandad 145 Pakistan India Lahore 1989/90
Godron Greenidge 149 West Indies England St John’s 1989/90
Alec Stewart 105 England West Indies Manchester 2000
Inzamam-ul-Haq 184 Pakistan India Bengaluru 2004/05
Ricky Ponting 120 Australia South Africa Sydney 2005/06
Ricky Ponting 143* Australia South Africa Sydney 2005/06
Graeme Smith 131 South Africa England The Oval 2012
Hashim Amla 134 South Africa Sri Lanka Johannesburg 2016/17
Joe Root 218 England India Chennai 2020/21

3 Root became the third England batsman to score a double century in Tests in India. Both the previous instances came 1984/85 when Mike Gatting (207) and Graeme Fowler (201) scored big runs for the visitors in a nine-wicket win.

1 Higher score by an England captain against India than Root’s 2018 – Graham Gooch scored 333 at Lord’s in 1990. The previous highest by an English captain in India was Alastair Cook’s 190 in Kolkata in 2012/13.

2010 The last time a visiting batsman scored a double hundred in India before Root in this innings – Brendon McCullum hit 225 in Ahmedabad. Root’s 2018 is also the first 200+ score against India anywhere since 2014 when McCullum hit 302 in Wellington. Overall it was the 15th double hundred by a visiting batsman in India, five of which have come at Chepauk.

7 Root became the seventh batsman to hit 150+ in three or more successive Tests. Before this Test, Root hit 228 and 186 in the two Tests in Sri Lanka last month. The record is four, scored by Kumar Sangakkara in 2007.

200 The partnership of 200 between Root and Dom Sibley is the first by a visiting pair against India since January 2013. The last pair to do so was Jonathan Trott and Ian Bell who put together 208 for the fourth wicket in Nagpur in December 2012, which was incidentally Root’s debut Test.

555/8 by England is only the second instance of India conceding 500+ runs in an innings in their last 60 Tests, since June 2015. The other instance was when England scored 537 in Rajkot in 2016/17.

180 overs batted by England so far in this innings is the most by any side against India since New Zealand played 210 overs during their second innings of the Wellington Test in 2013/14. The last time India bowled as many in a home Test was way back in November 2011 at the Wankhede, when West Indies batted for 184.1 overs.

31 overs bowled by Jasprit Bumrah is the most by him in a Test going past 30 overs against England at the Oval in 2018. In his first-class career, he has bowled as many overs only three other times, the last of which came in July 2014 for India A against Australia A.

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