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Major Test records broken on Indian soil


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November 1952: Brabourne Stadium, Bombay: vs Pakistan, Vinooo Mankad in his 23rd Test became the quickest to achieve the all-rounders double of 1000 runs and 100 wkts. He bettered the previous record held by Australian Monty Noble, who achieved his landmark in 27 matches in March 1904. Mankad’s record stood till August 1979 when Ian Botham bettered it in 21mts.

January 1956 Corporation Stadium, Madras: Vinoo Mankad and Pankaj Roy put on 413 for the first wicket vs New Zealand to go past the previous record of 359 runs added between Englishmen Len Hutton and Cyril Washbrook against South Africa at Johannesburg in December 1948. The Indian duo’s record stood 52 long years till March 2008 when Greame Smith and N McKenzie but 415 vs Bangladesh at Chittagong.

December 1979 Green Park, Kanpur: vs Pakistan: Kapil Dev broke the record of Australian Graham McKenzie (71 wkts,1964) to become the highest wicket taker in a single calendar year. Kapil Dev took 74 in the year 1979. This record stood for 2 yrs until Dennis Lillie surpassed it by taking 85 wkts in 1981

December 1981 Ferozshah Kotla, Delhi: Geoff Boycott surpassed Garfield Sobers tally on 8032 runs to become the highest run scorer in Tests. This record was surpassed by Sunil Gavaskar (see below)

December 1981 Eden Gardens, Calcutta v England, Sunny Gavaskar, appearing in his 88th Test match in a row, went past the previous record of 87 held by Gundappa Viswanath to become the player appearing in most consecutive Test matches, without a break. Gavaskar, went on to extend his record to 106 matches, before Australian Allan Border surpassed him with 107 matches in Dec 1989.

November 1983 Gujarat Stadium, Ahmedabad: Sunil Gavaskar becomes the highest run scorer in Test surpassing G Boycotts tally of 8114 runs vs Pakistan. This record was surpassed by Alan Border in February 1993. He went on to score 10,122 runs.

Decemeber 1983 MAC Stadium, Madras: Sunil Gavaskar scores his 30th Test hundred vs West Indies to surpass Don Bradman’s record of Most hundreds in Tests. This record was surpassed by Tendulkar in December 2005 (see below)

November 1988 Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore: Richard Hadlee became the highest wicket taker in Tests surpassing Ian Botham who then had 373 wkts. This record was surpassed by Kapil Dev in January 1994 (see below)

January 1994 Gujarat Stadium, Ahmedabad: vs Sri Lanka Kapil Dev surpasses Richard Hadlee’s tally of 431 wickets to become the highest wicket taker in Tests. This record was surpassed by C Walsh in May 2000 6 years later

December 2005 Ferozshah Kotla, Delhi: vs Sri Lanka, Sachin Tendulkar surpasses Sunil Gavaskar’s tally of 34 hundreds to become the batsman with most Test hundreds. This record is yet to be surpassed

October 2008 PCA Stadium, Mohali: vs Australia Tendulkar surpasses Brian Lara’s tally off 11953 runs to become the highest run scorer in Test cricket. Lara has been the top run getter since November 2005.


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