Test Cricket: India Become Fastest Team In Test History To Achieve Major Milestone; Beat Sri Lanka’s 22-Year-Old Record


JULY 24, 2023

The Indian cricket team created history on Sunday (July 23) on the fourth day of the second Test match of the ongoing series between India and the West Indies at the Queen’s Park Oval, Port Of Spain, Trinidad. The Rohit Sharma-led outfit set a massive new world record in their second innings as they aimed to set a huge target for the home side to chase as rain continued to play hide and seek.

After a sensational spell by Mohammed Siraj helped India end the West Indies’ innings within an hour of play in the morning session, the Indian opening pair of Rohit Sharma and Yashasvi Jaiswal exhibited their intent to bat quickly and declare as soon as possible.

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Captain Rohit registered a 35-ball half-century as he put up a 98-run opening stand with Jaiswal. Jaiswal played a knock of 38 in just 30 balls. India reached the 100-run mark in just 12.2 overs, which is the fastest ever a team (per balls faced) has taken to complete the first 100 runs in the history of Test cricket. They beat Sri Lanka’s 22-year-old record (13.2 overs) set in 2001 against Bangladesh.

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1) India vs West Indies, 2023 – 12.2 overs

2) Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh, 2001 – 13.2 overs

3) England vs South Africa, 1994 – 13.3 overs

4) Bangladesh vs West Indies, 2012 – 13.4 overs

5) England vs Pakistan. 2022 – 13.4 overs

India are looking to seal a 2-0 whitewash but, more importantly, take the maximum possible points in the World Test Championship (WTC) table. If India drop points because of a draw, it could prove costly, as India have a tough fixture list that includes away trips to South Africa and Australia as well as a home series against England and New Zealand.

Courtesy/Source: Times Now / PTI