Sunday, October 3, 2010


1. This was Sachin Tendulkar's 8th dismissal in the nineties in Test cricket... taking him to the 4th position alongside Kallicharran (WI) and Inzamam (Pak) in the all time list of most dismissals in the 90s behind Dravid (10), Steve Waugh (10) and Michael Slater (9).

2. Tendulkar also has 17 dismissals in his 90s in ODI cricket and 1 other occasion when he remained not out in his 90s. In One Day Cricket, this 18 occasions of being stranded in the 90s is a comfortable World Record... way ahead of 2nd-placed Grant Flower (Zim), Aravinda De Silva (SL) and Nathan Astle (NZ) at 9. Amusingly, Sachin would have had 52 tons in Tests and 55 in ODIs had he converted even half of his forays to the nineties into 100s!

3. On Day 2, Virendra Sehwag scored a fifty... and as a result, he has now managed a 50+ score in each of his last 11 Tests... a world record he jointly holds now with Sir Viv Richards (WI) and Gautam Gambhir (Ind). Gambhir had a chance to break Viv's record against South Africa at Nagpur earlier this year, but he failed. Will Viru go one better at Bangalore against the Aussies?

4. Sachin Tendulkar is not behind the above trio... he's now scored a 50+ score in each of his last 9 Tests. In fact, Sachin has scored a 50+ score in 17 of his last 19 Tests (starting from the match in which he surpassed Brian Lara... at the same ground and against the same opposition as he is playing now). What a phenomenal time he is having!

5. On Day 2, Zaheer Khan's 5-wicket haul was the 100th instance of a 5-for being recorded in an India-Australia Test match. Mitchell Johnson's 5-64 becomes 101st.

6. Mitchell Johnson is now the 8th highest wicket taker for Australia against India in Tests (34 wickets). Amongst the top 10 for Australia against India, Johnson has the 2nd worst average (32.79) after Shane Warne (43 @ 47.18)!

7. This is the 2nd time in 3 Tests that Marcus North has gotten a batsman out in his 90s. He got Salman Butt (Pak) stumped on 92 at Lord's before getting Sachin Tendulkar lbw today on 98.


Govind Raj said...

Dhoni now has the record for most dismissals by a Third Umpire when he was actually not out !

Anonymous said...

Aaah, Govind, my old friend. It sucks, doesn't it? Sadly, it happens sometimes doesn't it?

It is a good factoid, though.

I really like Dhoni. He's a good batsman, but what's up with all the drops lately?

Freehit said... be frank...I felt it bounced in his hands...he had his hands between the ball n ground according to me...the behind the wicket angle was conclusive for me...

@Shri-I think North is keeping his place coz of that only..:p

Govind Raj said...

@ Freehit

There was too much daylight between Watson's hands when the ball bounced. It was at worst inconclusive. The benefit of doubt if any should have gone in Dhoni's favor. But Dhoni is not Hussey or Symonds.

The fact is, Indians somehow get the worst from Umpires, First, second, Third and Fourth, and at home, away, at neutral venues and on the Mars.

Some things just don't change.

@ Sidthegnomenator

Dhoni is 29 and married now. The eagerness to catch isn't the same as say about 6 months ago :-P

Unknown said...

@Govind, lol... Dhoni has been caught and not eager to catch more...

@Freehit, even I am of the belief that Dhoni was not out. The clincher for me was the fact that the fingers were not underneath the ball ever. Arun Lal kept mumbling on air that Watson was on the way up when he completed the 'catch'. Usually, I don't give a lot of thought to what most commentators utter these days. But sometimes, you got to give in to them... they do make sense!