India vs South Africa: Murali Vijay has the highest score by an Indian opener in Kingsmead
Murali Vijay (97) has registered the highest individual score by an Indian opener in Tests at Kingsmead, Durban. VVS Laxman (96 off 171 balls in December 2010) was the first Indian player to be got out in the nervous nineties at Kingsmead.
Murali Vijay may have missed out on a hundred but his 97 runs did put him among the statistics:
# India (334) have registered their first total of 300 vs South Africa at Kingsmead, Durban, eclipsing the 277 in November 1992. (Day 2 report)
# Rohit Sharma has recorded his first duck (a golden duck) in Test cricket. (Scorecard)
# Since posting successive centuries vs West Indies in Tests (177 at Kolkata & 111 not out at Mumbai) last month, Rohit has scored 14, 6 & 0 vs South Africa. (Highlights)
# Murali Vijay (97) has registered the highest individual score by an Indian opener in Tests at Kingsmead, Durban. VVS Laxman (96 off 171 balls in December 2010) was the first Indian player to be got out in the nervous nineties at Kingsmead. (Pics)
# Vijay is averaging 53.41 in Tests this year - his tally being 641 in twelve innings, including two hundreds and two fifties.
# As compared to his home average of 51.70, Vijay is averaging just 24.73 despite his highest score of 97 away from home.
# The 157-run partnership is the second highest for the second wicket for India vs South Africa in South AfricaÂ - the highest being 171 between Deep Dasgupta and Rahul Dravid at Port Elizabeth in November 2001.
# Virat Kohli is the leading run-getter in the present Test series - 261 (ave.87.00) in three innings, including a hundred and a ninety.
# Dhoni and Rahane put on 55 - India's highest sixth-wicket partnership at Kingsmead, Durban, bettering the 54 between Dhoni and Laxman in December 2006.
# Ajinkya Rahane (51 not out) has registered his first fifty in Tests, obliterating the 47 in the Johannesburg Test.
# Ravindra Jadeja has recorded his first duck in Tests.
# Zaheer Khan's fifth duck vs South Africa is his 29th in Tests.Â He is the first batsman to register five ducks in India-South Africa Tests.
# Only three batsmen have recorded more ducks away from home than Zaheer's tally of 18 - 29 by Courtney Walsh, 22 by Chris Martin and 22 by Shane Warne.
# The six batsmen with most ducks in Tests are Courtney Walsh (43), Chris Martin (36), Glenn McGrath (35), Shane Warne (34), Muttiah Muralitharan (33) and Zaheer Khan (29).
(Stats: Rajesh Kumar)