Sunday, July 18, 2010

Srilanka vs India - 1st Test - Interesting Facts

India will seek to end a 17-year-long series drought in Sri Lanka when they go into the three-match Test series against the island nation on Sunday with a depleted bowling attack and dodgy form of some of their famed batsmen.
The last time India won a Test series in the island nation was in 1993 under Mohammed Azharuddin with a 1-0 scoreline and their track record has not been too impressive.

Approaching milestones
- Muttiah Muralitharan (792) needs just eight wickets in his farewell Test to become the first bowler to complete 800 Test wickets.

- Muralitharan, who is the leading wicket-taker against India with 97 wickets at an average of 33.34 in 21 Tests, requires just three wickets to complete a century of wickets.

- Having registered four hundreds in his previous four Tests - 105 not out & 143 against Bangladesh and 100 & 106 against South Africa, Sachin Tendulkar, with another century, would be equalling Gautam Gambhir's Indian record of most hundreds (5) in successive Tests.

- VVS Laxman (3959 in 60 Tests) needs 41 runs to complete his 4000 runs away from home.

- Virender Sehwag (19), in case of a hundred, would take his tally to 20.  He would become the fifth Indian batsman to post 20 centuries or more in Tests.  Sachin Tendulkar (47) heads the table, followed by Sunil Gavaskar (34), Rahul Dravid (29) and Mohammad Azharuddin (22).

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