The second Test was an exciting affair after the rain-dead Test at Nottingham as Team India went on to register only their 3rd win at the "Home of Cricket". Let's have a look at some unique records that were broken at the Home of Cricket.
Sam Curran became only the 4th English player to be dismissed for a king pair in the longest format of the game. Sam Curran, who is usually a very consistent player, did not have the best of Tests. He did manage to take Virat Kohli's wicket but as a whole, Curran underperformed as per his standards.
King pairs for England
|William Attewell||Australia (Sydney)||1891/92|
|Ernie Haynes||South Africa (Cape Town)||1905/06|
|James Anderson||India (Vizag)||2016/17|
|Sam Curran||India (Lords)||2021|
The Indian skipper Virat Kohli now ranks 4th in the list of the skippers with most wins in Test matches. The 32-year old is also the most successful Indian skipper in the longest format in terms of the number of wins registered.
Most Test wins as captains
|Captains||Nation||Matches won/Total Matches|
|Graeme Smith||South Africa||53/109|
|Clive Lloyd||West Indies||36/74|
Only for the second time in their Test cricket history spinners haven't taken a wicket for India in consecutive Tests. The first time it happened was against Pakistan in Karachi & Faisalabad in 1989/90. Ravindra Jadeja bowled 22 overs in the first innings and only six in the second but he didn't get any scalps. However, his economy was the best among all the Indian bowlers in both the innings, in fact, the best among all the bowlers who bowled in the Test.
This is the first of Joe Root's 22 centuries which ended up in an England defeat (16 wins & five draws). The previous longest such sequence for a player was Gary Sobers whose first 20 centuries ended in a WI win, draw or tie.
Will it remain the only century that ended in a defeat for the English skipper in this series? Or will there be more?
This (Shami and Bumrah) is now the highest ninth-wicket partnership for India in England surpassing 66 by Kapil Dev and Madan Lal at the same venue in 1982.
Mohammad Shami and Jasprit Bumrah were phenomenal right from the first ball and their strokes reflected their intentions very well. The pair were no less with the ball as they went on pick 6 wickets between them in the riveting clash.
Joe Root scored a dashing 180* in the first innings and went on to score 33 runs in the second innings, making him the highest run-getter for England in the second Test. He also overtook Graham Gooch’s record of 8900 runs to become the second-highest run-getter for England in red-ball cricket.
Most Test runs for England
Joe Root has now scored 2000 Test runs against India, seventh player overall & second Englishman after Alastair Cook to the milestone. Only Javed Miandad took fewer innings (35) than Root's 39.
Some record that, isn't it? As far as the future is concerned, which Englishman can match this tally? England better find a contender as they can't keep relying on Joe Root for hefty contributions all the time.
Most Test 100s for England
|Wally Hammond/Colin Cowdrey/Geoffrey Boycott/ Ian Bell/ Joe Root||22|
How many years would Joe Root require to reach Cook? Can he overtake him?
Most 100s in a calendar year for ENG captain (Tests)
|Graham Gooch/ Michael Atherton/ Andrew Strauss||4|
This looks more like a record Root could reach in this very series. How many more tons will Root score in this series?
38th century across formats for Root, equalling Cook for most international hundreds for England. The fact that Joe Root has already leveled with a legend like Cook shows how bright he is.
Being just 30 years old, Root has enough years left ahead of him to reach bigger numbers.
It is also the first time Root has scored hundreds in successive innings in Test cricket; it is also the first instance of an England batsman scoring hundreds in back to back innings since Ian Bell in Ashes 2013
Fewest days from debut to 9000 Test runs
A 213-day gap between Joe Root and Cook, what does that signify? It shows that Root has been more consistent over the years and he would want to continue with it to catch Cook in some other accolades he holds.
Youngest at the time for 9000 Test runs
|Players||Years and Days|
|Alastair Cook||30y 159D|
|Joe Root||30y 227 D|
|Sachin Tendulkar||30y 253 D|
|Ricky Ponting||31y 341 D|
Well, finally something where Root couldn't surpass Cook. But the fact that he did it before the likes of Sachin Tendulkar and Ricky Ponting speaks volumes. How soon will Root reach 10000 runs?
Highest 1st innings opening stand by a visiting team in England after being inserted in:
|Pair||Place & Year|
|M Slater- M Taylor (128)||Old Trafford 1993|
|Rohit Sharma- KL Rahul (128)||Lord's 2021|
|M Kent- G Wood (120)||The Oval 1981|
|A Petersen- G Smith (120)||Leeds 2012|
Indian openers with 100s at Lord's
|Players||Score and Year|
|Vinoo Mankad||184 (1952)|
|KL Rahul||129 (2021)|
|Ravi Shastri||100 (1990)|
Some achievements that by KL Rahul. By the way, the whole of India is waiting for the Lord's staff to permanently update the board.
KL Rahul once again proved that he was no home ground bully and used his experience well to score his 4th away century. He is now joint second with the destructive opener Virender Sehwag for most centuries by an opener outside Asia. Rahul is way behind the tally of Sunil Gavaskar but with age on his side, Can he break the elite record?
Most 100s by an Indian opener in Tests outside Asia
|Virender Sehwag/ KL Rahul||4|
|Vinoo Mankad/ Ravi Shastri||3|
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