Even though India lost the first Test against Sri Lanka, there were a significant number of statistical highlights for India. In a match that saw many excellent moments, here are our top picks for statistical achievements in the India vs Sri Lanka Test at Galle.
1. Rahane, the catch maestro
Ajinkya Rahane was largely responsible for the fall of Sri Lankan wickets as he took a total of eight catches in the Galle Test. Five of these came in the 2nd innings. With this, he has now surpassed Greg Chappell (Australia), Yajurvindra Singh (India), Hashan Tilakratne (Sri Lanka), Stephen Fleming (New Zealand) and Matthew Hayden (Australia) who took seven catches each.
2. Captain Kohli’s consecutive centuries :
Indian skipper Virat Kohli (103) in the India vs Sri Lanka match and has now become the third captain to score four hundreds in the first four Tests. He has joined fellow Indian Sunil Gavaskar and the present English captain Alastair Cook. Cook has smashed five tons in his first five Tests so Kohli has scope to better his record in Colombo. Kohli also has a rare feat in his name – he has made centuries in four consecutive Tests as captain and failed to win a single match.
3. Shikhar Dhawan joins Gavaskar and Dravid :
Opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan had scored 173 against Bangladesh at Dhaka, and he smashed 134 against Sri Lanka in the Galle Test. He has now become the third opener for India to score consecutive centuries overseas. He stands behind Sunil Gavaskar and Rahul Dravid. Sadly, the fluent Delhi batsman will not be a part of the Indian XI in the second Test and will have to wait for another away game to complete a hat-trick.
4. Rangana Herath makes a mark in India vs Sri Lanka Test history:
Sri Lankan left-arm bowler Rangana Herath destroyed India in their 2nd innings with figures of 7/48. His figures are the second best in the India vs Sri Lanka Test history, just behind Muttiah Muralitharan’s 8/87 at the Sinhalese Sports Club, Colombo in 2001. This gives him the feat of throwing the best figures at the venue of Galle. He has also accomplished the record of the best spell as a left-arm spinner against India, surpassing Hedley Verity’s 7/49 at Madras in 1933-34.