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Sunday start, it’s a 1st

This was the first time a Test match began on a Sunday in England. This was also the 490th Test to be played in England since the first in 1880.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni is playing his 7th Test as captain in England, the most by any Indian captain. He surpassed Ajit Wadekar and Mohammed Azharuddin (both captained in 6 Tests in England).

Before Pankaj Singh, the last Rajasthan cricketer to play for India in Tests was Parthasarathy Sharma (1974-77), although Mumbai’s Pravin Amre, during his tenure as an Indian Test player from 1992-1993, actually played for Rajasthan in the Ranji Trophy.

Incidentally, Pankaj is the 282nd Indian Test cricketer.

Pankaj has 300 first-class wickets before his debut Test. Dilip Doshi had 494 first-class wickets before he made his Test debut in 1979.

The Rose Bowl at Southampton is India’s 7th Test venue in England. Here’s the list: Lord’s — 17; The Oval — 11; Old Trafford — 8; Edgbaston/Headingley/Trent Bridge — 6; RoseBowl — 1

The 55 run stand between Alastair Cook and Sam Robson is England’s first 50-plus opening stand in their last ten innings. Their last was the 65 between Cook and Michael Carberry, at the MCG, during the Ashes in December 2013.

Cook finally scored a Test fifty after 9 innings without one. Had made 51 at the MCG during the Boxing Day Ashes Test.

Cook’s 95 is his highest Test score in his last 28 innings since his last Test hundred — 130 — vs New Zealand, in Leeds, in May 2013.

During Cook’s innings, he bettered both Kevin Pietersen’s aggregate of 8181 runs & David Gower 8231 runs. He is now placed third behind Graham Gooch (8900) and Alec Stewart (8463) among the leading run-getters for England in Tests.

Gary Ballance got his 3rd Test hundred in the 10th innings of his career. Only Herbert Sutcliffe (8), Ravi Bopara (8), Len Hutton (9), Peter Parfitt (9) & Ian Botham (9) have recorded three Test centuries for England in fewer innings.