Stats Highlights: Ind vs Eng, 3rd Test, Day 1
Mumbai, Dec 05: After 10 Test innings Sachin Tendulkar finally scored another remarkable half-century. Starting off cautiously, the Little Master soon started to work the ball around in every direction the way only he can to shoulder the Indian innings. Meanwhile, James Anderson made the most of the reverse swing on offer at the Eden Gardens and claimed three crucial scalps to peg India on the back foot; his most prized wicket was, of course, that of Tendulkar’s. With this dismissal the England pacer has now dismissed the Little Master a record eight times in Test cricket.
Here are these and many more statistical highlights from Day 1 of the Kolkata Test:
This Test is the tenth between India and England at the Eden Gardens – the first since 1993. India have won three and England one, while five matches ended in draw.
MS Dhoni won the toss for third time in the series – the first time he has won toss in three consecutive matches of a Test series.
Toss winning captain has elected to bat first in the last 13 Tests at Eden Gardens dating back to December 1987. The last captain to elect field after winning the toss here was Imran Khan in February 1987. That match ended in a draw.
Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag have opened together on 85 occasions in Test cricket. It was the sixth time that their partnership ended in a run-out. Sehwag had to return to pavilion on four occasions out of these six. Interestingly India’s second most successful opening pair (Chetan Chauhan-Sunil Gavaskar) was separated by a run-out only once in 59 innings!
Incidentally, Gautam Gambhir has now been involved in 10 run-outs. He’s himself got out only thrice, while his partners have perished on seven occasions! Among the Indians involved in 10 or more run-outs, only Sourav Ganguly has a higher percentage of getting the partners run-out. Ganguly was involved in 17 run-outs. He got out only four times, while his partners got out 13 times (a percentage of 76.47).
Sachin Tendulkar (76) scored his first fifty after 10 innings. He had last scored a fifty against Australia in the second innings of Sydney Test in January 2012.
Tendulkar, on 2, completed his 34,000 runs in international cricket (Tests + ODIs + T20Is). No one else has managed even 28,000!
Tendulkar, on 32, became the highest run-scorer for India against England, surpassing Sunil Gavaskar’s tally of 2,483 runs.
Today’s 76 was Tendulkar's eighth 50-plus score at the Eden Gardens. This brings him level with VVS Laxman on the list of batsmen with most fifty-plus scores at this ground.
James Anderson dismissed Sachin Tendulkar for the eighth time in Tests. With this he equaled Sri Lanka’s Muttiah Muralitharan’s record of dismissing the Little Master most number of times. Anderson was playing his 13th Test against Tendulkar, while Muralitharan played a total of 19 matches against the great batsman.
The dismissal of R Ashwin gave James Anderson his 50th wicket against India. He became the fifth England bowler after Derek Underwood (62), Bob Willis (62), Ian Botham (59) and Fred Trueman (53) to accomplish this feat.