Hardik Pandya registered his maiden hundred in first-class cricket as India piled up 487 in the first innings of the third Test against Sri Lanka in Pallekele on Sunday (August 13). The total, though, looked unlikely after losing their overnight batsman Wriddhiman Saha in just the second over of the day. Following which, Hardik put on 62 with Kuldeep Yadav for the eighth wicket and 66 with Umesh Yadav for the last wicket.
Records broken by Hardik’s whirlwind innings and other key stats from India’s first innings in Pallekele:
26 runs by Hardik off the 116th over of the innings bowled by Malinda Pushpakumara is the most runs scored off a single over by an Indian batsman in Test cricket. He eclipsed 24 runs scored by Sandeep Patil off Bob Willis in Manchester in 1982, and by Kapil Dev off Eddie Hemmings at Lord’s in 1990.
24 The previous most runs scored off an over in a Test in Sri Lanka – by Sanath Jayasuriya off James Anderson in Kandy in 2007. 26 conceded by Pushpakumara is the joint-most by any Sri Lankan bowler in Tests alongside Suranga Lakmal who conceded 26 to Brendon McCullum in Christchurch in 2014.
5 Indian players who scored their maiden first-class hundred in a Test match – Vijay Manjrekar, Kapil Dev, Ajay Ratra, Harbhajan Singh and now Hardik. His previous highest score in first-class cricket was 90 for Baroda against Railways in Delhi in 2015 – it was just his third first-class match.