• - SR Tendulkar created a world record at Mohali against Australia in the first test of the ongoing test series by aggregating 1003 runs in the calendar year 2010, which was his sixth occasion of totaling 1000 runs in calendar year. He has totalled 1000 runs in 1997, 1088 runs in 1998, 1003 runs in 2002, 1392 runs in 2002, 1063 runs in 2008 and 1003 in 2010.

     

    - His 1003 runs in 2010 came at Mohali when he was on 35 during his knock of 38 in India’s second innings. SR Tendulkar went past ML Hayden of Australia, BC Lara of West Indies and RT Ponting of Australia who have compiled 1000 runs in five calendar years. The exploits of these four batsmen a are furnished below:

     

    No Batsmen Year Mat Runs C F
    1 ML Hayden 2001 14 1391 5 5
    2 ML Hayden 2002 11 1160 6 3
    3 ML Hayden 2003 12 1312 5 3
    4 ML Hayden 2004 14 1123 3 6
    5 ML Hayden 2005 15 1380 5 4
                 
    1 BC Lara 1995 12 1222 4 6
    2 BC Lara 2001 9 1151 3 4
    3 BC Lara 2003 10 1344 5 5
    4 BC Lara 2004 12 1178 3 4
    5 BC Lara 2005
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  • - G Gambhir and SK Raina scored ducks in India's second innings providing the 172nd and 173rd occasion of Indian batsmen scoring a duck against Australia.

     

    - SK Raina scored 86 and zero in this test providing the 16th occasion of an Indian batsman scorig a duck and a fifty in a test match against Australia.  The complete list read thus – MH Mankad – 111 and zero at Melbourne in Feb 1948, P Roy – zero and 99 at Delhi in Dec 1959, RB Kenny – zero and 51 at Kanpur in Dec 1959, Hanmanth Singh – zero and 94 at Chennai in Oct 1964, ML Jaisimha – 66 and zero at Mum-BS in Oct 1964, MAK Pataudi – 95 and zero at Mum-BS in Nov 1969, GR Viswanath – zero and 137 at Kanpur in Nov    1969, AL Wadekar – zero and 62 at Kolkata in Dec 1969, SM Gavaskar – zero and 118 at Melbourne in Dec 1977, M Amarnath – zero and 86 at Adelaide in Jan 1978, CPS Chauhan – zero and 85 at Melbourne in Feb 1981, NR Mongia – 152 and zero at Delhi in Oct 1996, SR Tendulkar – zero and 61 at Adelaide in Dec 99, R Dravid –

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  • Eternal optimist that I am, I have always maintained that there will never be a shortage of top class spin bowlers in India given the long and rich tradition of such bowling in the country. India has produced the most fascinating variety of spin bowlers and throws them up with the same regularity that West Indies used to come up with fast bowlers.

     

    Even after the line-up of outstanding Caribbean pacemen dried up once Walsh and Ambrose called it a day at the turn of the new millennium, Indian spin interests continued to be in good hands. Anil Kumble was still around as the kingpin of the attack and Harbhajan Singh had announced his arrival on the big stage with his match winning spells against Australia.

     

    Because Indian cricket had the happy knack of discovering one great spin bowler after another for well over half a century it was thought that the spin cupboard in this country would never be empty.

     

    Indeed, when Harbhajan burst upon the scene so dramatically at the turn of the

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