Tuesday, November 8, 2011

India smells victory - Sachin completes 15000 ; Ashwin impressive with 6 for


History repeats itself – way back in 1987 West Indies chased 275 successfully and beat India here.  By a remarkable coincidence, it is the same target now.   This morning I had posted  that an Indian win is probable……

Now at the draw of stumps, Indians are in a position of safety, thanks to the rich haul by debutant Ravichandran Ashwin.  In the second essay, his 6 for 47 ensured bowling out W Indies for 180 and setting up of a target of 275.  His match figures of 9 for 128 is the second best match haul for an Indian bowler after Narendra Hirwani who as one would remember took 16 wickets in his sensational  debut at Chepauk on 11th Jan 1988. In fact in the history of Indian cricket, only Hirwani, Ashwin, Abid Ali and Dilip Doshi have taken 6 wickets or more on their debut.

  
the glorious Sachin (photo courtesy : cricinfo.com)
There was another landmark for Sachin as he completed 15000 runs in Test cricket.    There are 3 Indians on the 10000+ club; Sachin has the most no. of runs, the best of averages and the maximum of 100s.  will the 100th ton beckon him here is one Q. 
Player
Mat
Inns
NO
Runs
HS
Ave
100
50
0
182*
300
33
15005
248*
56.19
51
61
14
158*
275
33
12859
270
53.13
35
61
8
154
263
28
12487
257
53.13
39
56
14
131
232
6
11953
400*
52.88
34
48
17
145
246
38
11947
201*
57.43
40
54
10
156
265
44
11174
205
50.56
27
63
11
168
260
46
10927
200
51.06
32
50
22
125
214
16
10122
236*
51.12
34
45
12
Rahul Dravid and Sachin are at the crease and another 124 to be scored /8 wickets at hand

With regards – S. Sampathkumar.

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