• 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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  • - R Dravid's 77 and SR Tendulkar's 98 in this Test represent their 21st half centuries in the second innings of the Test match. At the end of India's innings, they are on par with BC Lara of West Indies and IVA Richards of West Indies who also have scored 21 half centuries in the second innings of Test match. Only VVS Laxman of India with 22 half centuries to his credit has scored more half centuries than these four batsmen.


    - BW Hilfenhaus {none for 100} and NM Haurtiz {2 for 116} conceded 100 plus runs in this Test providing the 68th and 69th occasion of Australian bowlers conceding 100 plus runs in a Test innings against India.


    - BW Hilfenhaus with his figures of none for 100 in this game provide the seventh occasion of an Australian bowler conceding 100 plus runs without capturing a wicket. The others are - none for 101 by AL Mann at Sydney in Jan 1978, none for 118 by RM Hogg at Bangalore in Sep 1979, none for 121 by RJ Bright at Sydney in Jan 1986, none for 147 by SK Warne at

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  • - VVS Laxman's tally of catches against Australia stood at 30 when he caught TD Paine of Zaheer Khan for 92 in Australi'as first innings. He became the second Indian fieldsman to pouch 30 plus catches against Australia, after R Dravid who has to his credit 46 catches.


    - VVS Laxman became the twelfth fieldsman in the annals of test cricket to have a tally of 30 plus catches against Australia. Others are – IT Botham of Australia {57}; R Dravid of India {46}; WR Hammond of England {43}; MC Cowdrey of England {40}; WG Grace of England {39}; CL Hooper of West Indies {38}; LC Braund of England {37}; AW Greig of England {37}; W Rhodes of Australia {36}; FE Woolley of Australia {36} and; BC Lara of West Indies {34}.


    - R Dravid's single of MJ Johnson in 40.1 over of India's innings gave a three run partnership for R Dravid and SR Tendulkar in their fourth wicket partnership in India's innings and they became the third pair of batsmen to have an aggregate of 6000 plus runs.


    - At the end

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