Wellington: Statistical highlights after the third day's play of the third Test between India and New Zealand on Sunday.
VVS Laxman (61 off 109 balls) registered his fourth fifty against New Zealand is his 39th in Tests.
Laxman's aforesaid innings is his highest at Basin Reserve, bettering the 4 in the first innings of the 2008-09 Test, now in progress.
Laxman has averaged 73.75 in the present series - 295 in five innings, including one century and two fifties.
Gambhir and Laxman put on 106 for the fourth wicket - India's best at Basin Reserve, obliterating the 88 between Tendulkar and Ganguly in 1998-99.
Overall, the aforesaid partnership is India's second best in New Zealand for the fourth wicket - the highest being 144 between Dilip Vengsarkar and Mohammad Azharuddin at Auckland in 1989-90.
Gautam Gambhir has registered his sixth Test hundred - his second against New Zealand in successive Tests.
Gambhir has now recorded two centuries each against Australia and New Zealand and one each against England and Bangladesh.
Gambhir has posted three centuries each in India and away from home.
Gambhir has posted hundreds in consecutive Tests for the second time - 104 at Mohali and 206 at Delhi, both against Australia in 2008 and 137 at Napier and 167 at Wellington, both against New Zealand in the 2008-09 rubber.
During the course of his sixth hundred, Gambhir has completed his 1,000 runs away from home - 1073 runs at an average of 71.53 in only 10 Tests, including three centuries and five fifties.
Gambhir's outstanding knock of 167 off 257 balls is his highest ever in an overseas Test, bettering the 139 against Bangladesh at Chittagong in 2004-05.
Gambhir now holds a record for the highest individual innings by an Indian at Basin Reserve, bettering Ajit Wadekar's 143 in 1967-68.
Gambhir is now the first Indian left-hander to register three innings of 150-plus. Sourav Ganguly and Vinod Kambli have recorded two such innings each.
Gambhir's aforesaid innings is also the highest by an Indian left-hander in New Zealand, surpassing Ajit Wadekar's 143 as above.
In fact, Gambhir's outstanding knock is the first of 150-plus by an Indian left-hander away from home, bettering Sourav Ganguly's 147 against Sri Lanka at Colombo, SSC in 1997-98.
Gambhir, for the third time in his Test career, has recorded three innings of 150-plus - his first two being 206 against Australia at Delhi in October/November2008 and 179 against England at Mohali in December 2008.
Gambhir's series aggregate of 445 at an average of 89.00 is his best performance in an overseas rubber, surpassing his aggregate of 310 (ave.51.66) in a three-Test Series against Sri Lanka in 2008.
Gambhir became the first left-handed Indian batsman to register two centuries in a Test series against New Zealand.
For the second time in his Test career, Gambhir has recorded two centuries in a series. His first instance was against Australia in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy in 2008-09 in India.
Gambhir became the first batsman in the present series to aggregate 400 runs - 445 at an average of 89.00, including two hundreds and one fifty.
Gambhir is only the first left-hander to amass 400 runs or more in a Test series against New Zealand. He is also the only left-hander to aggregate 400 runs in a three-Test series against New Zealand.
Gambhir, with 445 runs in the series at an average of 89.00, has established an Indian record for most runs in a three-Test series against New Zealand, bettering Sachin Tendulkar's aggregate of 435 (ave.108.75) in the three-Test series in 1999-2000 in India. Overall, Gambhir's series tally is the second best for India in a Test series against New Zealand, next only to Vinoo Mankad's aggregate of 526 (ave.105.20) in four Tests in 1955-56 in India.
Overall, Gambhir became the third left-handed batsman to make 400 runs or more in a Test series against New Zealand - the first two being Roy Fredericks (West Indies) - 487 (ave.54.11) in the five-Test series in West Indies in 1971-72 and David Gower (England) - 404 (ave.57.71) in the four-Test series in England in 1983.
Gambhir's series aggregate is the second best by an Indian in a three-Test series away from home, next only to Sunil Gavaskar - 447 (ave.89.40) in the three-Test series against Pakistan in 1978-79.
Gambhir's average of 54.07 - 2271 in 45 innings - is his best of his Test career.
Gambhir's aforesaid aggregate after 25 Tests is the best for India, eclipsing Sunil Gavaskar's aggregate of 2256.
Rahul Dravid's 60 off 145 balls is his 57th Test fifty - his sixth against New Zealand.
In 75 overseas Tests, Dravid has aggregated 6430 runs at an average of 56.90, including 16 centuries and 34 fifties.
Gambhir and Dravid put on 170 for the second wicket, India's best ever partnership for any wicket at Basin Reserve, Wellington, surpasing the 116 between Brijesh Patel and Syed Kirmani for the seventh wicket in February, 1976.
The 170-run stand is India's second best against New Zealand for the second wicket, next only to the 204 between Sunil Gavaskar and Surinder Amarnath at Auckland in 1975-76.
Dravid now features in 76 100-plus partnerships, extending his Test record.
For the first time in three years, Dravid has aggregated 300 runs or more in a Test series - his first instance in ten successive series.
Since making 496 (ave.82.66) against West Indies in the four-Test series in 2006, Dravid has recorded his best series performance - 314 (ave.62.80), including four fifties.
For the second time in a Test series in New Zealand, three Indian batsmen have aggregated 300-plus - Gambhir (445), Sachin Tendulkar (344) & Dravid (314).
In the 1967-68 four-Test series, three Indians had made 300 runs - Ajit Wadekar(328), Farokh Engineer (321) and Rusi Surti (321).
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