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India-Australia: Milestones galore


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Rarely do so many milestones get achieved in a matter of four Tests. Here are the best of the them during the Border-Gavaskar Trophy Series 2008-09.

TEST 1

  • This series marks the 8th edition of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. Named after the two greats of either countries, this Trophy has been won three times by India (1996, 1997-98, 2001-02); three times by Australia (1999-00, 2004-05, 2007-08); with the series in 2003-04 being drawn.
     
  • By scoring his 16th hundred as captain of Australia Ponting now has the most centuries as captain. He betters the performances of compatriots Alan Border and Steve Waugh both of whom have scored 15 hundreds each when captain. 
     
  • Tendulkar (when on 7) overtook Sunil Gavaskar’s record to become the highest run scorer on Indian soil. Tendulkar now has 5074 runs at home.
     
  • India have now become the first team since New Zealand in 2001-02 to draw 2 consecutive Tests against Australia.

TEST 2

  • MS Dhoni is leading India in a Test for the 2nd time. It may be recalled that he had also led India in April earlier this year against South Africa. He is the only wicket-keeper to lead India in a Test match. The only Test playing nation not to have a wicket-keeper captain is Sri Lanka.
     
  • On 16 Sachin Tendulkar became the highest run scorer In Test cricket. He surpassed Brian Lara (11,953) who has been holding the record for 2 years and 11 months now. 
     
  • On 61 Sachin Tendulkar became the first player to reach 12,000 runs in Test cricket. 
     
  • On 39 Sourav Ganguly became the 33rd cricketer over all and only 4th Indian to score 7000 runs in Test cricket. He is also the 12th lefthander and the first Indian left hander to score 7000 runs. Incidentally on the way to 7000 Ganguly went past the run tally of the great Sri Don Bradman who has 6996 runs. 
     
  • On 87 MS Dhoni registered the highest score by any wicket-keeper captain from the subcontinent. Pakistan’s Imtiaz Ahmed had scored 86 vs England as far back as 1961-62.
     
  • The wicket of Brett Lee was Harbhajan Singh’s 60th wicket against the Australians at home. He now moves ahead of Anil Kumble who also has 59 wkts vs the Aussies at home. However England’s Ian Botham with 79 wickets has taken the most wickets vs the Australians on home soil.
     
  • Amit Mishra became the 6th Indian bowler to take 5 wickets or more while bowling in his debut innings. What is interesting is three of the six Hirwani, VV Kumar and A Mishra are leg spinners.
     
  • On 134 the Sehwag/Gambhir opening pair moved past the pair of Gaekwad and Gavaskar (1722) to number two in the list of most successful Indian openers. The duo now have 1771 runs in 17 Tests @ 65.59. Chetan Chauhan and Sunil Gavaskar with 3010 are by far still the best Indian opening pair
     
  • MS Dhoni (92 & 68*) is now the only third wicket keeper-captain to score a 50 in each innings of a Test. Dhoni enters an all Zimbabwean club with the others being Tatendra Taibu (twice) and Andy Flower. 
     
  • The target of 516 set by India is now biggest they have ever set an opposition to get in a Test match. The previous biggest target India have set any opposition to get in a Test match is 509, which they set Sri Lanka to get at Ahmedabad in 2005-06. Sri Lanka made 249 and lost by 259 runs. 
     
  • MS Dhoni became the third Indian captain to win his first 2 Tests as captain. The others being Sachin Tendulkar who had wins against Australia in Delhi and SA in Ahmedabad in 1996-97 and Sourav Ganguly who had wins against Bangladesh in Dhaka and Zimbabwe in Delhi in 2000-01
     
  • The win by 320 runs is now the biggest win achieved by India in Tests in terms of runs. Their previous best was 280 runs which they achieved against South Africa at Kanpur in 1996-97
     
  • MS Dhoni became the third wicket-keeper captain to win a Man of the match award. The other two being Zimbabwe’s Andy Flower (vs Pakistan at Harare, 1994-95) and T Taibu (vs Bangladesh, Dhaka, 2004-05).

TEST 3

  • Gautam Gambhir also becomes the second Indian to score back to back hundreds against Australia in Tests. Vijay Hazare scored 116 and 145 each innings of a match vs Australia at Adelaide in 1947-48 while Gambhir scored 104 in the second innings of the Mohali Test following it up with a hundred in the first innings of the Delhi Test.
     
  • On 200 Gambhir registered his first double century in Tests. It is however his 6th double in all forms of Cricket. He has scored 2 doubles in the U-19 level, (including a 212 vs England U-19 at Chennai in January 2001) and 3 at the FC level. His highest FC score of 233* was for Delhi vs Railways in the Ranji Trophy at Delhi in 2002-03. 
     
  • On 206 Gambhir equaled the highest individual score by an Indian opener against Australia. Ravi Shastri had also scored 206 at Sydney in 1991-92
     
  • On 123 VVS Laxman scored 2000 runs vs Australia. He is the 17th overall and only second Indian after Tendulkar (2580) to score 2000 runs vs Australia. 
     
  • It was for the first time in 47 Tests under Ricky Ponting's captaincy Australia has conceded a total of 600 runs to the opposition
     
  • Sehwag also became the 6th cricketer to have a highest individual score of 300 plus and take a 5 wicket haul in Test cricket. The others to do so are Wally Hammond, Gary Sobers, Bob Simpson. Sanath Jayasuriya and Chris Gayle,
     
  • Virender Sehwag (1195 runs) has now become the highest run scorer in the calendar year. He went past South African Graeme Smith who has 1178 runs in the year so far
     
  • Gautham Gambhir with 242 runs in the Test (206 & 36) now has the most runs by an Indian opener against Australia in Tests. He bettered the performance of V Sehwag who had scored 214 (63 & 151) at Adelaide in 2007-08
     
  • This drawn match at the Kotla ends a run of 8 result oriented Test matches, seven of which were won by India. By a strange coincidence the last team to draw a Test at the Kotla was Australia in 1986-87. This was a Test in which the the first 3 days of play were completely washed out by rain

TEST 4

  • The Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Jamtha, becomes the 99th venue to host a Test match. It also becomes India’s 20th Test venue. This stadium becomes the second Test venue in the city of Nagpur. Chennai and Lucknow are the other cities that have two Test grounds. Mumbai being the only city to host Tests in three grounds.
     
  • Australia are playing their 700th Test match. They become the second Test playing nation to do so. England with 877 Tests have played the most.
     
  • Laxman is the first Indian and the tenth cricketer overall not to captain his team despite playing 100 Tests - the other nine being Shane Warne, Mark Waugh, Glenn McGrath, Ian Healy, David Boon, Justin Langer, Graham Thorpe, Muttiah Muralitharan and Chaminda Vaas
     
  • Tendulkar’s hundred was his 17th at home. He now has the most hundreds on Indian soil. Sunil Gavaskar with 16 and Azharuddin with 13 are the others with maximum hundreds. 
     
  • Jason Krejza’s bowling figures are the worst (in terms of runs conceded) by any bowler in his debut innings. This dubious record was earlier held by West Indian Omari Banks who had figures of 3-204 vs Australia at Bridgetown in 2002-03 
     
  • Jason Krejza became the 4th bowler to take 8 wickets in his debut innings of a Test.
     
  • Aged 28 years and 127 days today Harbhajan Singh became the third youngest bowler to claim 300 Test wickets. Kapil Dev was 28 yrs 1 day and Shane Warne 28 yrs & 114 days when they reached the milestone respectively 
     
  • With the wicket of Shane Watson Harbhajan Singh completed his 50th wicket of the calendar year 2008. It is the third time in his career that Harbhajn Singh has taken more than 50 wickets in one calendar year. He had taken 60 wickets in 2001 and the maximum of 63 wickets in the year 2002. 
     
  • Jason Krejza (12-358) has now conceded the most runs by an Australian bowler in his debut Test match. The previous highest runs conceded by an Australian bowler on debut was 8-240 by Francis Ward vs England at Brisbane in 1936-37
     
  • Sourav Ganguly (131, vs Eng at Lord’s 1996 & 0 vs Aus, at Nagpur, 2008-09) became the third cricketer in Test history to score a century in his first Test innings and a duck in his last innings. The other players to do so are both Englishmen - Billy Griffith who made 140 vs West Indies at Trinidad, 1947-48 and a duck in his last Test innings vs South Africa at Port Elizabeth in 1948-49 and John Hampshire on debut against W Indies made 107 in 1969 and last test innings against Australia at Leeds made a duck in 1975.
     
  • Jason Krejza (12-358) also becomes the 15th bowler in Tests to take 10 wickets in his debut Test match. The last bowler to do so was Pakistan’s Mohammad Zahid who claimed 11-130 vs New Zealand at Rawalpindi in 1996-97. 
     
  • Krejza (12-358)also became only the third bowler in Test history to concede 300 runs in a Test match. Australian AA Mailey 7-308 (vs Eng, Sydney 1924-25) & 10-302 (vs Eng, Adelaide, 1920-21) and West Indian OC Scot 9-374 (vs Eng, 1929-30) are the other two bowlers to have this dubious distinction.
     
  • Sachin Tendulkar became the 27th cricketer to take 100 catches in Test cricket. He is also the 5th Indian to do so
  •  Harbhajan Singh when he dismissed Shane Watson became the highest wicket taker the highest wicket taker of the calendar year. He now has 55 wickets followed by South African Dale Steyn who has 52 wickets this year.
     
  •  Australia's last biggest series loss (by a margin of 2 Tests) was against the West Indies in Australia 1988-89. West Indies won 3-1 on that occasssion.
     
  • Australia are playing their 700th Test match and they have never lost a centenary Test match from 100 to 600.
     
  • MS Dhoni becomes the first Indian captain to win his first three Tests as captain

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