• Exactly 40 years ago this week a 21-year-old Indian batsman in his debut series notched up a fabulous feat that went a long way in steering India to a historic triumph over the West Indies in the five-Test contest. To the younger generation brought up on numerous notable victories in Fifty50 andTwenty20 and being around in an era when India are the No 1 Test team in the game and the No 2 ODI team this would hardly seem significant enough to warrant mention all these years later. Nothing can be further from the truth for that triumph in the Caribbean altered the face of Indian cricket in the international arena. From then on any contest with an Indian team could not be taken lightly thanks largely to the impact that one immensely gifted youngster with a water tight technique, intense concentration and an insatiable appetite for runs had on the cricketing scene worldwide.

    Let later generations talk about other great players. For me it will always be Sunil Gavaskar who first made the

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  • - BB McCullum and VVS Laxman scored ducks in this game providing the sixth occasion of both the openers scoring zeroes in IPL.

     

    - BB McCullum was dismissed by the first ball of the match providing the eleventh occasion of a batsman dismissed by the first ball of the match in IPL and the third such occasion in IPL 2011.

     

    - VVS Laxman collected his fouth duck in IPL while BB McCullum collected his third duck in IPL.

     

    - At the end of this game BJ Hodge's T20 run aggregate stood at 3471. He needs six more runs to surpass DJ Hussey's aggregate of 3476 which is the record for most runs in T20 games.

     

    - BJ Hodge with his two boundary fours in this game extended his aggregate of boundary fours in T20 games to 373 - a record for most boundary fours by a batsman in T20 games.

     

    - AC Thomas with a lone wicket in this game took his T20 aggregate of wickets to 115 and stands to second in the list of most wickets takers in T20 games. DP Nannes with 134 wickets to his credit tops the list.

     

    - BB

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  • - MS Dhoni who became the first captain to lead in 75 T20 games extended his record to 76 games by leading Chennai in this game. AC Gilchrist is the other captain to lead a team in 51 T20 games. This game was AC Gilchrist's 51st game as captain in T20 games.

     

    - MS Dhoni now owns the record for leading a team in IPL on most occasions. This game was his 45th game of leading Chennai. He went past SK Warne who has led Jaipur on 44 occasions.

     

    - S Badrinath and SK Raina share the record for most capped cricketer in IPL> Both have appeared in 48 games.

     

    - S Aniruddha was dismissed by the first ball of the match in this game providing the tenth occasion of a batsman dismissed by the first ball of the match in IPL. He became the second batsman to suffer such an ignominy in IPL 2011. MA Agarwal of Bangalore was dismissed by the first ball of the match against Mumbai on at Bangalore on 12.04.11.

     

    - S Aniruddha and SK Raina collected the first ball duck in this game taking number of occasions

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