Sachin Tendulkar became second Indian batsman to complete 2000 Test runs against England when he struck sixth run of his innings in Chennai. Sunil Gavaskar was the first Indian to do so (2483). With 2748 runs against Australia, Tendulkar is the second Indian and 11th overall to make 2,000 runs against two countries in Tests. West Indian Clive Lloyd (vs India, vs Australia and vs England) and Gavaskar (vs West Indies, vs England and vs Pakistan) are the only ones to achieve the feat against three countries. Apart from Lloyd, Gavaskar and Tendulkar, the other eight batsmen with 2,000 runs against two opponents are three West Indians, Vivian Richards, Desmond Haynes and Brian Lara; three Englishmen, Wally Hammond, Geoff Boycott and Graham Gooch and two Australians Allan Border and Steve Waugh.
England's wicketkepper batsman Matt Prior scored fifth Test fifty, his maiden against India.
Yuvraj Singh dismissed Steve Harmison as his fifth Test wicket. His other victims are - Yasir Hameed, Yasir Arafat and Misbah-ul-Haq(Pakistan) and Graeme Smith (South Africa).
Andrew Flintoff has not crossed the 50-run mark in his last ten innings. Flintoff had registered four successive fifties in his previous two Tests against India - 70 & 51 at Mohali and 50 & 50 at Mumbai in March 2006. His last fifty came against Australia in January 2007.
Virender Sehwag (1362) is now one run short of South Africa's Graeme Smith's tally of 1363 in the calendar year 2008. In his last ten innings against England, Sehwag has recorded only one fifty (76 not out at Mohali in 2005-06). Harbhajan Singh, with three wickets in England innings, has taken his tally of wickets this year to 58. Only South Africa's Dale Steyn (60) has claimed more wickets than Harbhajan in 2008. Graeme Swann, by dismissing Gautam Gambhir and Rahul Dravid with his third and sixth balls respectively, became the second bowler after Richard Johnson (England) to capture two wickets in his first over in Test Cricket. Johnson was the first ever bowler to record the distinction against Zimbabwe in the 2003 Chester-le-Street Test. VVS Laxman's run aggregate (1045) is the third best in 2008 -- the top two being South Africa's Graeme Smith (1363) and India's Virender Sehwag (1362). The two other batsmen to aggregate 1,000 runs this year are South Africa's Hashim Amla (1012) and Neil McKenzie (1002).Statistical highlights on the second day of the first Test between India and England on Friday.
(With PTI inputs)
(With PTI inputs)