• - SR Tendulkar who has an aggregate of 6473 runs prior to the start of the second Test require 27 runs for his 6500 runs on home soil. If he gets them he would be the second batsman in the annals of Test cricket to score 6500 plus runs on home soil, the first being RT Ponting of Australia who has amassed 6790 runs.

     

    - SR Tendulkar who has scored 48 fifties {22 C plus 26 HC} requires to more fifties for 50 fifties on home soil. If he gets them, he would become the second batsman in the annals of Test cricket to score 50 fifties. RT Ponting of Australia is the other batsman with 54 fifties {21 C plus 33 HC} to his credit. SR Tendulkar would become the first Indian batsman to score fifty fifties on home soil.

     

    - Prior to the start of the second Test, SR Tendulkar and R Dravid have scored 26 and 25 half centuries on home soil respectively. R Dravid would require one more half century to catch up with SR Tendulkar, provided the latter does not score a fifty.

     

    - Prior to the start of the

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  • I must confess I am baffled by the steep fall of the Aussies. Admittedly, it is not easy to replace players like Shane Warne, Glenn McGrath, Matthew Hayden, Justin Langer, Adam Gilchrist, Damien Martyn and Stuart MacGill overnight, but the Australians have depth in their reserve bench and it was thought they had discovered cricketers good enough to maintain a tough challenge at the top. 

     

    Ricky Ponting was still around as elder statesman and the batting and bowling seemed to be in capable hands. At worst, it appeared that they might struggle to stay No 1. However, it was taken for granted that they would still be formidable at home. All these theories have been hit for six.

     

    The Australians are now starting to experience a slump similar to the one they endured in the mid-80s when the simultaneous retirements of Greg Chappell, Dennis Lillee and Rodney Marsh saw the team's fortunes nosedive. They were beaten by almost every team at home and abroad. In fact, one recalls how New

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  • - Harbhajan Singh scored 69 and 115 in this Test to provide the 13th occasion of an Indian batsman scoring fifties in both innings of a Test against New Zealand.

     

    - VVS Laxman's 91 plus in the second innings of this Test represents his 47th Test half century and 63rd fifty.

     

    - Harbhajan Singh with his 69 and 115 became the third Indian batsman to score fifties in both innings of a Test against New Zealand at Ahmedabad. Others are - 125 and 53 by SC Ganguly in Oct 1999 and 222 and 73 by R Dravid in Oct 2003.

     

    - VVS Laxman {91} and Harhajan Singh {115} scored fifties in India's second innings providing the 50th and 51st occasion of Indian batsman scoring fifties in its second innings against New Zealand.

     

    - DL Vettori deployed BB McCullum to bowl the last over before Lunch on the final day, which was his fist over of his Test career and in representative International cricket.

     

    - Harbhajan Singh's twin fifties in this Test - 69 and 115 - makes him the fourth batsman who has scored

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