New Delhi: Statistical highlights of the first day of the third cricket Test between India and Australia at Ferozeshah Kotla stadium on Wednesday.
Sachin Tendulkar (68 off 126 balls) recorded his highest score against Australia at Ferozeshah Kotla. In the 1996-97 Test against the visiting Australians at this venue, he had made 10 and 0 as skipper. Tendulkar, with his aforesaid innings, became the first player to post 20 fifty-plus innings (nine centuries and 11 fifties) for India against Australia. He is the eighth batsman overall in Test Cricket to register the feat. Tendulkar's aforesaid knock is his 90th fifty-plus (39 centuries and 51 fifties) in Tests, equalling Australia's Allan Border's feat of 90 fifty-plus innings (27 hundreds and 63 fifties). India's 296 runs off 89 overs on the first day -- is their best performance in a day's play against Australia at Ferozeshah Kotla, eclipsing their 262 for five on the second day of the 1996-97 Test. Gautam Gambhir, in only six Tests this year, has made 680 runs at an average of 68.00, including two centuries and four fifties. Gambhir is the first batsman to complete 300 runs in the 2008-09 series -- 370 runs at an average of 92.50, including two centuries and one fifty. Gambhir's aforesaid performance is his career-best in a Test rubber, outstripping his 310 at an average of 51.66 in the three-Test series against Sri Lanka in 2008. Gambhir, during his career-best knock (149 not out off 285 balls), became the eighth Indian player to reach a century with a six, joining Polly Umrigar, Kapil Dev, Sachin Tendulkar, Mohammad Azharuddin, Rahul Dravid, Virender Sehwag and Irfan Pathan. Tendulkar achieved the distinction four times. Virender Sehwag (1179 at an average of 62.05 in 11 Tests) needs just one more run to overtake South African Graeme Smith's aggregate of 1179 at an average of 69.35 in 11 Tests in 2008. VVS Laxman's 54 off 94 balls is his 36th in Test Cricket -- his ninth against Australia. Laxman is all set to complete his 2,000 runs against Australia - his present aggregate is 1,931 at an average of 50.81 in 23 Tests. Brett Lee, with Virender Sehwag's wicket, captured his 50th wicket against India in 11 Tests. Lee is the second Australian bowler to capture 50 wickets against India. Leg spinner and googly bowler, Richie Benaud had bagged 52 wickets (ave. 18.38) in eight Tests against Australia.