India winning the toss opting to bat first, posted a challenging total of 272/3 in the quota of 90 overs on Day 1 of the Centurion Test. Mayank Agarwal and KL Rahul had a brilliant 100+ run opening partnership to ensure India had a good start in this Test match and laid a good foundation for the team. KL Rahul’s classy century along with Rahane’s smooth innings helped India to have a decent 4th wicket partnership and end the day on high. Among South African bowlers, only Lungi Ngidi managed to pick all 3 wickets so far.
Numbers and stats from SA vs IND 1st Test match:
2 – Cheteshwar Pujara recorded his second golden duck in Test cricket. Coincidentally both of his golden ducks came against South Africa in Centurion only.
2 – KL Rahul became only second Indian opener after Wasim Jaffer to smash a Test century on South African soil.
3 – KL Rahul & Mayank Agarwal became only the 3rd opening pair to record 100+ run partnership in Tests on South African soil after Wasim Jaffer-Dinesh Karthik (in 2007) and Gautam Gambhir-Virender Sehwag (in 2010).
3 – KL Rahul has smashed 3 centuries in international cricket in 2021.
Most international centuries by an Indian batsman in 2021:
KL Rahul – 3
Rohit Sharma – 2
Ravichandran Ashwin – 1
Rishabh Pant – 1
Shreyas Iyer – 1
Mayank Agarwal – 1
4 – KL Rahul has recorded 4 Test centuries as an opener in SENA countries.
Most Test centuries as opener by Indian batsman in SENA countries:
Sunil Gavaskar – 8
KL Rahul – 4
Vinoo Mankad – 3
Ravi Shastri – 3
Virender Sehwag – 3
6 – Virat Kohli became 6th Indian batsman to complete 4000 away Test runs.
Most Test runs by an Indian batsman in away conditions (Neutral venue not counted, only home of opposition venue taken in to consideration):
Sachin Tendulkar – 8705
Rahul Dravid – 7667
Sunil Gavaskar – 5055
VVS Laxman – 5014
Sourav Ganguly – 4032
Virat Kohli – 4013