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Sunday, 17 November 2013

SRT 200th Test Stats Highlights: India vs West Indies – 2nd Test, Day 3


Shivnarine Chanderpaul’s dismissal was his 50th lbw dismissal in Test cricket. He became the third batsman with 50 or more lbw dismissals, after Sachin Tendulkar (63) and Graham Gooch (50). (Also ReadSTR 200th Test Match Report: India vs West Indies – 2nd Test, Day 3)
Pragyan Ojha (10/89) produced his best performance in a Test, bettering his previous best of 9 for 165 against England at Ahmedabad in 2012-13.
Ojha’s figures are the best by an Indian left-arm spinner against West Indies, beating Bishan Singh Bedi’s 8 for 126 at Port-of-Spain in 1975-76.
Incidentally, Ojha is the first Indian left-arm spinner to take a 10-wicket match haul since Venkatapathy Raju, who took 11 for 125 against Sri Lanka at Ahmedabad in 1993-94.
The victory margin of an innings and 126 runs is India’s largest in a Test against West Indies. The previous largest was by an innings and 112 runs also at Wankhede in 2002-03. Overall, it was India’s fourth win by an innings margin against West Indies. Interestingly, three of them have come under MS Dhoni.
The Test lasted just 210.2 overs – the third-shortest Test in an Indian win. Only the Mumbai Test against Australia in 2004-05 (202.1 overs) and Harare Test against Zimbabwe in 2005 (209.1 overs) were shorter than this for India.
With this win, MS Dhoni has got the record of most wins by innings margin by an Indian captain. This was the ninth such win for MS Dhoni and he moved ahead of Mohammad Azharuddin’s tally of eight such wins.
India extended their Test winning streak to six – all four against Australia in February/March and two against West Indies.
India won the Test within three days – 10th such instance for them. Four of these wins have come under MS Dhoni (including three on the trot). He now holds the Indian record of winning most Tests within three days. Rahul Dravid had won three.
Last time West Indies lost two consecutive matches by innings margin in same series was against Australia in Australia in 2000-01.
Sachin Tendulkar ended his Test career 24 years and 1 day after making his Test debut. His career span is the longest by a subcontinent player and fifth-longest in all Test cricket, after Wilfred Rhodes (30 years 315 days), Brian Close (26 years 356 days), Frank Woolley (25 years 13 days) and George Headley (24 years 10 days).
Incidentally, Sachin appeared in 72 Tests that India won. This is easily the most for an Indian player. Rahul Dravid (56) and VVS Laxman (47) come next.


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