Indian test skipper Virat Kohli surpassed his average over 50 in all three formats, Ravindra Jadeja became first player to grab 10 wickets, score fifty and take four or more catches in a match.
December 20th on the final day of the fourth Test between India and England, the Englishmen were looking solid until Ranindra Jadeja with his magical spin seal commanding victory for India. He took career best of 7-48 in the second innings along with 3 wickets in first inning, Jadeja finished with 10 wickets in match.
Due to his all-round performance, India won the Test series 4 nil, several records were created. Let’s look at some ‘Unique’ records recorded by Indian players in 2016:
On December 11, 2016, India’s test captain Virat Kohli surpassed his Test average over 50. He became the first and only player to have an average of over 50 in all three formats of international cricket.
On December 11, 2016, Virat Kohli became the first batsman in Test cricket to score three double hundreds in three successive series in a calendar year when he smashed a career best 235 against England at Mumbai. Kohli’s first double hundred came against the West Indies, while the second was against New Zealand in Indore.
On December 20, 2016, Ravindra Jadeja became the first and only cricketer in the history of Test cricket to compile a fifty or more, grab 10 wickets or more and also take four or more catches in a match. The Rajpoot man made 51 in India’s first innings, registered his career best figures of 10 for 154 in the match in addition to a catch in England’s first innings and held three catches in their second innings.
On December 19, 2016, Karun Nair registered his maiden triple-century in only his third innings in Test cricket, the least by any batsman. Previous quickest was by Len Hutton had scored his maiden triple-hundred in his ninth Test innings, 364 vs Australia at The Oval in. Former Australian legend Sir Donald Bradman and John Edrich of England took 13 innings each to reach the milestone.
On June 11, 2016, KL Rahul, who scored century on ODI debut against Zimbabwe in Harare, became the first player in cricket history to score a hundred in his maiden innings as an opener in both Tests and One Day Internationals. Rahul had reached hundred in his first Test as an opener in Sydney in 2015 after failing in the middle order in his debut Test match at Melbourne in 2014. Also he became the only Indian cricketer to register hundred on debut for his country in ODIs.