• - Harbhajan Singh captured his 250th wicket at home when he claimed the wicket of JD Ryder caught by VVS Laxman for 70 in this Test. At the end of the New Zealand first innings, his aggregate of wickets at home stood at 253. He became the second Indian bowler to capture 350 wickets at home.

     

    - Harbhajan Singh became the fifth bowler in the annals of Test cricket to capture 250 wickets at home. The five bowlers are - M Muralitharan of Sri Lanka {493}, A Kumble of India {350}, SK Warne of Australia {319}, GD McGrath of Australia {289} and Harbhajan Singh of India {253}.

     

    - Harbhajan Singh's and Zaheer Khan's tally of wickets stood at 38 and 35 at the end of the New Zealand's first innings. Bowlers who have captured 35 plus wickets against New Zealand are - BS Bedi {57}, EAS Prasanna {55}, A Kumble {50}, S Venkataraghavan {44}, Harbhajan Singh {38}, BS Chandrashekhar {36} and Zaheer Khan {35}.

     

    - MS Dhoni effected 25th stumping of his Test career when he stumped TG Southee of

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  • - Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium became the 102nd ground in the annals of test cricket to host a test match. Dubai International Stadium which hosts the Pakistan and South Africa test match is numbered as 101st ground.

     

    - It is a common practice to number the event in cricket in the Alphabetical order. Between Dubai and Hyderabad, Dubai comes first in the Alphabetical order and hence is numbered as 101st ground.

     

    - Hyderabad became the 19th city in the annals of test cricket to host test matches on two or more grounds.

     

    - Hyderabad became the fifth Indian City to host tests on two or more grounds. Others are – Mumbai {03}, Chennai {02}, Nagpur {02} and Lucknow {02}.

     

    - Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium earned the distinction of becoming the 21st ground in India to host a test match.

     

    - Hyderabad Test is DL Vettori's 14th test against India and he now shares the record of most appearances against India with RJ Hadlee, who has also played 14 tests against India.

     

    - MS Dhoni

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  • From 50/50 to 20/25

    Over the years, and more especially over the past decade or so, cricket has systematically attempted to transform itself into a sport that combines fast-paced on-field action with a frenetic off-field entertainment component. The spectator is truly king, and administrators have become focused on accommodating the needs of the audience into the larger dynamics of running the sport. Somewhere along the way, cricket has learnt to seamlessly integrate its historic traditions with a more modern, marketing oriented narrative that not so long ago was anathema.

     

    One upshot of this development is that change now follows a far more rapid cycle. Over a century went by before one day cricket came along to challenge the monopoly of Test cricket; however, it did not take half as long for T20 to emerge as an alternative. The upshot has been that 50-over cricket is now under threat from the T20 format; it is widely argued that the lack of action in the middle overs, when both sides are in

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