• - India totalled 707 in this Test providing the third occasion of a team batting second taking lead over the team which has posted 600 plus runs in its first innings. Sri Lanka had posted 642 for 6d in its first innings in this Test. There are four occasions of both the teams scoring 600 plus runs in its first innings in the annals of Test cricket.

     

    - S Randiv conceded 222 runs for his two wickets which made him the most expensive bowler in Tests in terms of runs conceded. The previous record was credited to JJ Kreza of Australia who had leaked 215 runs on his debut vs India at Nagpur in Nov 2008.

     

    - S Randiv earned the distinction of bowling most overs on debut. He bowled 73.0 six ball overs in this Test. He is the only bowler to have bowled more than 50 overs on debut.

     

    - S Randiv is the eleventh bowler to bowl more than 70 overs {420 balls} amongst those bowlers who have conceded 200 plus runs in a Test innings. His feat of bowling 420 plus balls in a Test innings provide the

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  • The last of the Gunasekaras

    I vividly remember that rainy day in Colombo, sometime around the second week of May of 2007, when I walked past my hotel in Bambalapittiya, turned left on Dickman Road (now Lester James Peiris Mawatha) and arrived at - if I remember correctly - house number 85.

     

    An old Maruti 800 car was parked right outside the steps; a man in whites came out and opened the gates for me. He was Conroy Ievers Gunasekara, then 87 and possibly one of Ceylon's, and Sri Lanka', best batsmen of all time, alongside his colleague Mahadevan Sathasivam and modern-day greats like Aravinda de Silva, Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara.

     

    Gunasekara, like most 'Ceylon' cricketers, represented an era which saw the island nation's cricketing foundations only getting stronger. The Gunasekara I met was reclusive, after the death of his wife six months earlier, and was living in conditions unimaginable for someone who had served Ceylon cricket passionately and tirelessly. His diet: a LKR 50-60 worth of a 'lunch

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  • SK Raina made his test debut against Sri Lanka at Col-SSC in July 2010, the second test of the ongoing test series after making 98 one-day appearances which is a record for a cricketer who was baptized into test cricket after playing most one-day games.

     

    Here is the list of cricketers who have played 60 plus one day games prior to making their test debut - SK Raina of India {98}, A Symonds of Australia {94}, AC Gilchrist of Australia {76}, Yuvraj Singh of India {73}, Shahid Afridi of Pakistan {66} and Robin Singh of  India {60}.

     

    The following are the batsmen who have scored a hundred on test debut after making 20 appearances in one day games:

     

    SK Raina of India scored 120 vs Sri Lanka at Col-SSC in July 2010 after playing 98 one day games, SB Styris of New Zealand scored 107 against West Indies at St Georges's in Jan 2002 after playing 45 one day games. Aminul Islam of Bangladesh scored 145 against India at Dhaka in Nov 2000 after playing 37 one day games, MJ Clarke of Australia

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