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IND vs SL: Approaching milestones

R Dravid who has an aggregate of 1413 runs against Sri Lanka require 87 more runs for his 1500 runs. If he gets there he would be the second Indian batsman to score 1500 plus runs against Sri Lanka. Other batsman is SR Tendulkar who has an aggregate of 1605 runs prior to the start of the series.

 

V Sehwag who has an aggregate of 891 runs prior to the start of the series require 109 runs for his 1000 runs against Sri Lanka. If he gets there, he would become the fifth Indian batsman to total 1000 plus runs against Sri Lanka. SR Tendulkar {1605}, R Dravid {1413}, M Azharuddin {1215} and SC Ganguly {1064} are the other four batsman who have an aggregate of 1000 plus runs prior to the start of the series.

 

R Dravid who has an aggregate of 1413 runs against Sri Lanka require 87 more runs for his 1500 runs. He would then complete 1500 runs against two specific oppositions. He has already has an aggregate of 1837 runs against Australia. R Dravid would then join the select band of Indian batsmen who have an aggregate of 1500 runs against two or more specific oppositions. SM Gavaskar {1550 vs England, 2483 vs England, 2089 vs Pakistan and 2749 vs West Indies}, SR Tendulkar {2748 vs Australia, 2150 vs England and 1605 vs Sri Lanka}, DB Vengsarkar {1589 vs England and 1596 vs West Indies} and GR Viswanath {1538 vs Australia and 1880 vs England} are the four Indian batsmen who have aggregated 1500 runs against two or more specific oppositions.

 

R Dravid who has an aggregate of 1413 runs against Sri Lanka require 87 more runs for his 1500 runs. His feat of 1500 runs then would provide the 14th occasion of an Indian batsman totaling 1500 runs against a specific opposition.

 

R Dravid has scored 8970 runs while batting at number three in tests. He requires 30 more runs for his 9000 runs. If he gets there he would become the second batsman in the annals of test cricket to total 9000 plus runs while batting at number three. RT Ponting {9421} is the other batsman to total 9000 plus runs while batting at number three.

 

KC Sangakkara of Sri Lanka has an aggregate of 6916 runs while batting at number three. He requires 84 more runs for his 7000 runs. If he gets there, he would became the third batsman in the annals of test cricket to aggregate 7000 plus runs while batting at number three. The other two batsmen are RT Ponting {9421} and R Dravid {8970}.

 

R Dravid has scored 68 fifties while batting at number three and requires two more fifties for 70 fifties. If he gets then, he would became the second batsman in the annals of test cricket to score 70 plus fifties while batting at number three, after RT Ponting of Australia who has 70 fifties to his credit.

 

R Dravid has scored 87 fifties in his test career and requires three more fifties for his 90 fifties. If he gets them, he would become the fourth batsman in the annals of test cricket to score 90 plus fifties. Others are SR Tendulkar {101}, AR Border {90} and RT Ponting {90}.

 

R Dravid has scored 58 half centuries in his test career prior to the start of this series and require two more half centuries for his 60 fifties. He would then become the second batsman in the annals of test cricket to register 60 plus fifties. AR Border is the other batsman who has scored 63 half centuries.

 

M Muralitharan has an aggregate of 97 wickets against India. He needs three more wickets for his 100 wickets. He would then become the first bowler in the annals of test cricket to aggregate 100 plus wickets against India. His feat of 100 wickets against India would provide the 35th occasion of a bowler capturing 100 plus wickets against a specific opposition.

 

His 100 wickets against India would earn him the distinction of aggregating 100 plus wickets against three oppositions. He has already aggregated 112 wickets against England and 104 wickets against South Africa. He would become the second bowler in the annals of test cricket to total 100 plus wickets against three specific oppositions after SK Warne of Australia. SK Warne has an aggregate of 195 wickets against England, 103 wickets against New Zealand and 130 wickets against South Africa.

 

M Muralitharan has an aggregate of 792 wickets prior to the start of this test and require eight more wickets for his 800 wickets. He would then become the first bowler in the annals of test cricket to capture 800 test wickets.

 

Prior to the start of this series, R Dravid has an aggregate of 945 runs while playing under MS Dhoni and requires 55 runs more for 1000 runs. If he gets them then he would have scored 1000 plus runs under five captains – Under M Azharuddin {1162}, Under MS Dhoni {1000 plus}, Under himself {1736}, Under SC Ganguly {4912} and under SR Tendulkar {1659}.

 

R Dravid has an aggregate of 1328 runs while batting in the fourth innings of a test match and requires 72 more runs to get to the mark of 1400 runs. He would then become the second highest run getter in fourth innings after BC Lara who has a total of 1440 runs. If he gets to 1400 runs he would have surpassed SM Gavaskar’s 1398 runs.

 

Prior to the start of this test series, SR Tendulkar is in the elite group of batsmen who have score eight or more hundreds against two specific oppositions. The complete list read thus – SM Gavaskar of India {08 vs Australia and 13 vs West Indies}, RT Ponting of Australia {08 vs England and 08 vs South Africa}, IVA Richards of West Indies {08 vs England and 08 vs India}, GS Sobers of West Indies {10 vs England and 08 vs India} and SR Tendulkar {10 vs Australia and 08 vs Sri Lanka}.

 

One more hundred for SR Tendulkar against Sri Lanka in the ensuing test series, would make SR Tendulkar the only batsman in the annals of test cricket to score eight hundreds against three specific oppositions.

 

If Tendulkar gets his ninth hundred against Sri Lanka in the ensuing series, his feat of nine hundreds would provide the 12th occasion of a batsman scoring nine hundreds against a specific opposition. Other eleven occasions are – DG Bradman of Australia {19 vs England}, SM Gavaskar of India {13 vs West Indies}, JB Hobbs of England  {12 vs Australia}, GS Sobers of West Indies {10 vs England}, SR Tendulkar of India {10 vs Australia}, SR Waugh of Australia {10 vs England}, GS Chappell of Australia {09 vs England}, DI Gower of England {09 vs Australia}, WR Hammond of England {09 vs Australia}, BC Lara of West Indies {09 vs Australia} and RB Richardson of West Indies {09}.

 

One more hundred against Sri Lanka would give SR Tendulkar his ninth hundred and with it the distinction of becoming the only batsman in the annals of test cricket of scoring nine or more hundreds against two specific oppositions. Tendulkar has already scored ten hundreds against Australia.

 

SR Tendulkar and R Draivd have scored 12 fifties each against Sri Lanka and one more fifty to any of them in the first test series would give them a record of most fifties by an Indian batsman against Sri Lanka.

 

R Dravid has scored nine half centuries against Sri Lanka prior to the start of the series  and one more half century to him would earn him the distinction of becoming the only Indian batsman to register ten half centuries against Sri Lanka. He would also earn the distinction of becoming the first batsman in the annals of test cricket to score ten half centuries against Sri Lanka.

 

Prior to the start of the test series, PA de Silva and DPMD Jayawardene share the Sri Lankan record of most centuries against India. Both the batsmen have scored five centuries. One more hundred for DPMD Jayawardene would give him his sixth hundred against India and with it the record of most hundreds by a Sri Lankan batsman against India.

 

DPMD Jayawardene has an aggregate of 2467 runs at Col-SSC. He needs 33 runs for his 2500 runs at this ground. If gets him them in the second test of the ensuring test series, he would earn the distinction of becoming the first batsman in the annals of test cricket to total 2500 runs at a particular venue – a World record in this category of statistics. 

 

DPMD Jayawardene, SR Tendulkar and R Draivd have scored 12 fifties each in Sri Lanka-India test series and one more fifty to any of them in the first test series would give them a record of most fifties by a batsman in the series.

 

SR Tendulkar {1605} and DPMD Jayawardene {1534} are the two batsmen who have an aggregate of 1500 runs in Sri Lanka-India test series. DPMD Jayawardene requires 66 more runs to become the second batsman to total 1600 runs in the series.

 

NR Mongia has to his credit effected 18 dismissals behind the stumps which is an Indian record against Sri Lanka. MS Dhoni with 16 dismissals is close behind NR Mongia. Three more dismissals in the series would give MS Dhoni an Indian record of most dismissals against Sri Lanka and four dismissals would give him 20 dismissals which would make him the second wicket keeper to effect 20 dismissals in the series. SAR Silva of Sri Lanka is the other wicket keeper who has effected 22 dismissals.

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