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Saturday , December 8 , 2012
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Alastair’s innings: 26 hours!

It was the second time in his career that Alastair Cook has made three consecutive hundreds in three Tests. He had previously achieved it in 2011, when he made 189 at Sydney and then 133 & 106 against Sri Lanka at Cardiff & at Lord’s.

Cook has now aggregated 547 runs in the ongoing series. He has batted for 26 hours and faced 1160 balls!

Cook’s 190 is now the second highest score by an England captain against India after Graham Gooch who made 333 at Lord’s in 1990. The others following them are: Mike Gatting 183* at Birmingham in 1986, Cook 176 at Ahmedabad in 2012, and Mike Atherton 160 at Nottingham in 1996.

Vivian Richards, Virender Sehwag and Cook are the only batsmen to score in the 290s, 190s, 90s in Tests.

Cook was run out for the first time in first class cricket. Incidentally, the run-out has come in his 151st Test innings.

Jonathan Trott became the 22nd Englishman to be dismissed on 87. Interestingly, the English batsman have more scores of 87 — considered unlucky by the Australians — than the Aussies who were dismissed on 87 only 16 times.

England’s 509/6 surpasses their previous highest score made at the Eden Gardens. They had made 403 way back in January 1934.

The last time England recorded a 500-plus score in India was 28 years ago — 652/7 declared in Chennai in January 1985.

Ravichandran Ashwin (1-183) has now conceded more than 100 runs in an innings for the seventh time. He has bowled in 20 innings in Tests and the most he has conceded was 3-194 against Australia at Adelaide in January this year.

When Ishant Sharma dismissed Ian Bell, an Indian pacer finally claimed a wicket after 267 overs. Zaheer Khan got rid of Bresnan in the second innings of the Ahmedabad Test.