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3 facts that emerged after Day 2 of the WTC final

By Bet Barter

June 20, 2021

The inaugural World Test Championship(WTC) final got underway after a rain delay on Day 1. New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson won the toss and decided to bowl first. Nevertheless, the Indian team had a good start because of their 62-run opening partnership. 

But the pacers of New Zealand brought the game back to their side with three wickets. Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, and Pujara were dismissed before India could touch the 100 runs mark. Then Indian captain Virat Kohli build a 58 run partnership with Ajinkya Rahane for the fourth wicket. The team’s total rose to 146 runs for 3 wickets before the match ended early due to bad light. 

Some records that were created on Day 2 of the WTC Final are as follow 

Virat Kohli became the fourth fasted Indian to make 7500 Test runs

India captain Virat Kohli had 7490 runs under his belt before heading into the championship final. But he ended Day 2 of the match against the Kiwis with 44 runs off 124 balls. 

Thereby, Kohli crossed the 7500 runs mark in the 38th over of the innings. He played an extra cover drive off De Grandhomme’s and took three runs. It made his aggregate runs bread the 7500 landmarks. Thus, he is now the fourth fastest Indian to breach the milestone. 

Virat Kohli became the second Indian batsman to score 6000 Test runs at the number four position

Fans often draw a comparison between Virat Kohli and Sachin Tendulkar with each other. On the second day of the WTC Final, Virat Kohli joined the list of an elite group of Indian batsmen.

Kohli became the second Indian batsman to make 6000 runs at the number four position. He touched the landmark at the 48th over with a single off Kyle Jamieson’s delivery.

Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill joined Tendulkar and Ganguly on the list of 50 run opening partnership 

Rohit Sharma and Gill had made 62 runs opening partnership on the second day of the Test. It helped set the stage for their fellow batsmen to make more runs. 

But they also joined Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly on the list of Indians with 50 runs opening partnership in ICC tournament finals. Ganguly and Tendulkar had a 141 run partnership in the 2000 ICC Knockout Trophy final. 

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