• PP Ojha and R Ashwin shared the new ball in West
    Indies's second innings in the ongoing test at Delhi providing the 21st occasion
    of two spin bowlers opening the attack in a test innings.

     

    India has deployed two
    spinners to share the new ball in a test innings on six occasions - vs England
    at Kanpur in Jan 1952 {Ghulam Ahmed and MH Mankad}, vs England at Kanpur in Feb
    1964 {ML Jaisimha and SA Durrani}, vs West Indies at Bridgetown in May 2002 {SR
    Tendulkar and Harbhajan Singh}, vs Australia at Delhi in Oct 2008 {A Kumble and
    V Sehwag}, vs Sri Lanka at Mum-BS in Dec 2009 {Harbhajan Singh and PP Ojha} and
    vs West Indies at Delhi in Nov 2011 {PP Ojha and R Ashwin}.

     

    The following table lists
    all the 21 occasions.

     

    No

    Team

    Inns

    Opposition

    Ground

    Mon/Year

    1

    England

    4

    Australia

    Melbourne

    Dec 1881

    2

    England

    4

    Australia

    Sydney

    Mar 1882

    3

    England

    2

    Australia

    Sydney

    Mar 1882

    4

    England

    2

    Australia

    Melbourne

    Mar 1882

    5

    England

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  • R Ashwin's six for 47 in the Delhi
    Test against West Indies provides the eighth
    occasion of an Indian bowler capturing five or more wickets on test debut. He
    became the seventh Indian bowler to perform the feat.

     

    It is interesting to note in this elite list - barring M
    Nissar and Abid Ali - all are spin bowlers.

     

    R Ashwin is the second Indian bowler to take five or more
    wickets on debut against West Indies and his feat provides the third such
    occasion against West Indies.

     

    No

    Player

    O

    M

    R

    W

    Opposition

    Ground

    Mon/Year

    1

    M Nissar

    26.0

    3

    93

    5

    England

    Lord's

    Jun 1932

    2

    VV Kumar

    37.5

    21

    64

    5

    Pakistan

    Delhi

    Feb 1961

    3

    S Abid Ali

    17.0

    2

    55

    6

    Australia

    Adelaide

    Dec 1967

    4

    DR Doshi

    43.0

    10

    103

    6

    Australia

    Chennai

    Sep 1979

    5

    ND Hirwani

    18.3

    3

    61

    8

    West Indies

    Chennai

    Jan 1988

    6

    ND Hirwani

    15.2

    3

    75

    8

    West Indies

    Chennai

    Jan 1988

    7

    A Mishra

    26.4

    8

    71

    5

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  • SR Tendulkar completed
    15000 test runs when he was on 28 during the course of his knock of 33 in India's second
    innings. At the end of the third day of the test, his run aggregate stood at 15005.
    He is the first batsman in the annals of test cricket to score 15000 test runs.

     

    Apart from completing
    15000 runs SR Tendulkar achieved another world record. He was playing his 300th
    test innings when he came to the crease in India's second innings. He became
    the first batsman in the annals of test cricket to play 300 test innings.

     

    SR Tendulkar's performance
    against each opposition is furnished below

     

    Opposition

    Mat

    Inns

    NO

    Runs

    HS

    Ave

    100

    50

    0

     

    Australia

    31

    59

    7

    3151

    241*

    60.59

    11

    13

    4

     

    Bangladesh

    7

    9

    3

    820

    248*

    136.66

    5

    0

    0

     

    England

    28

    47

    4

    2423

    193

    56.34

    7

    12

    0

     

    New Zealand

    22

    36

    5

    1532

    217

    49.41

    4

    8

    1

     

    Pakistan

    18

    27

    2

    1057

    194*

    42.28

    2

    7

    2

     

    South

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