Bangalore: Sep 3, 2012
Statistical highlights on the fourth day of the second cricket Test between India and New Zealand here today.
# India (262/5) have recorded their third highest fourth innings successful chase in India, behind the 387 for four against England in Chennai in 2008-09 and 276 for five against West Indies in Delhi in 2011-12.
# India's above score is their fifth highest fourth innings successful chase in Test Cricket -- the highest is 406 for four against the West Indies at Port of Spain in 1975-76.
# India enjoy 100% winning record against New Zealand at Bangalore, winning all three -- by 172 runs in 1988-89; by 8 wickets in 1995-96 and by 5 wickets in 2012.
# India's 2-0 series win is their third in a row against New Zealand -- their previous two series wins being 1-0 in 2008-09 in New Zealand and 1-0 in 2010-11 in India.
# Only once before India had won three successive series against against New Zealand -- 2-0 in 1955-56 in India, 1-0 in 1964-65 in India and 3-1 in 1967-68 in New Zealand.
# India have won three Tests in succession against New Zealand -- by an innings and 198 runs at Nagpur in 2010-11 followed by an innings and 115 runs at Hyderabad and by 5 wickets at Bangalore.
# India had first won three Tests in a row for the first time against New Zealand in the 1960s -- by 8 wickets at Wellington, by 272 runs at Auckland in 1967-68 and by 60 runs at Mumbai in 1968-69.
# Mahendra Singh Dhoni has played four successive innings of 45 or more against New Zealand -- 98 at Nagpur in 2010-11; 73 at Hyderabad and 62 & 48 not out at Bangalore in the just concluded series.
# Dhoni is averaging 60-plus against New Zealand -- 482 runs in 10 innings, including five fifties, at an average of 60.25.
# In Indian wins, Dhoni is averaging 49.57 -- 1636 runs in 40 innings, including three centuries and 12 fifties.
# Dhoni's impressive winning % of 48.71 is the best amongst the Indian captain (minimum five Tests) -- 19 wins, 10 defeats and 10 drawn games out of 39 played.
# The five-wicket win at Bangalore is India's 14th out of 20 played at home under Dhoni's leadership -- the most by an Indian captain on Indian soil, overtaking Mohammad Azharuddin's tally of 13 wins in 20 Tests.
# The unbroken match-winning 96-run sixth wicket partnership between Dhoni and Kohli is India's third highest in the fourth innings of a Test match -- the highest is 136 between Sachin Tendulkar and Nayan Mongia against Pakistan at Chennai in January 1999.
# Sachin Tendulkar has totalled 1590 runs at an average of 37.85 in 57 innings -- a record for most runs in the fourth innings in Tests, bettering Rahul Dravid's tally of 1575 (ave. 40.38) in 57 innings.
# Tendulkar has been dismissed 'bowled' in three innings in a row -- a dubious distinction recorded by him for the second time in Tests -- the first instance was against England in England in 2002 when he was bowled by Matthew Hoggard, Dominic Cork and Michael Vaughan.
# Only Rahul Dravid (55) and Allan Border (53) are ahead of Tendulkar's tally of 51 'bowled' dismissals.
# Suresh Raina has recorded his sixth duck in Tests -- his second against New Zealand.
# Virat Kohli has posted five innings of fifty or more in succession in Tests in India -- 52 & 63 against the West Indies in Mumbai in 2011-12 followed by 58 at Hyderabad, 103 & 51 not out at Bangalore -- all three in the series against New Zealand.
# Kohli enjoys an outstanding record in Tests in India -- his tally being 327 at an average of 81.75. He became the sixth Indian player to post a hundred and a fifty in a Test match against New Zealand. Rahul Dravid had registered the said feat twice, including a century in each innings once.
# Kohli has got his first Man of the Match award for posting two excellent knocks. He has registered a hundred and a fifty in the same Test match for the first time.
# His aggregate of 154 (103 & 51 not out) is his best in a Test match, bettering the 138 (116 & 22) against Australia at Adelaide in January this year.
# Kohli's run aggregate of 212 (ave. 106.00) is bettered only by Cheteshwar Pujara's 216 in the present series.
# Zaheer Khan has become the eighth Indian bowler to complete 100 wickets or more in India.
# Pujara has top-scored in the series -- 216 at an average of 72.00 in three innings, including a hundred -- his best performance in a Test series.
# Ravichandran Ashwin has been adjudged the Player of the Series for capturing 18 wickets at 13.11 runs apiece -- the most by a bowler in the series.
# Besides his excellent bowling performance, he has totalled 69 runs at an average of 69.00 as a batsman.
# Ashwin's Player of the Series award is his second in Tests -- the first was for his superb tally of 22 wickets at 22.90 runs apiece and making 121 (ave. 40.33) against the West Indies in India in 2011-12.
# Ashwin, in four Indian victories, is averaging 17.74, claiming 31 wickets, including four instances of five wickets or more and one instance of ten wickets in a Test match.
# Sehwag and Gambhir were associated in a stand of 77 -- India's first fifty-plus partnership in 12 innings in Tests.