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Sehwag completes 8000 runs in Test cricket

December 27, 2011 08:45 IST

Dashing opener Virender Sehwag became the fifth Indian batsman to complete 8000 runs in Test cricket when he reached an individual score of 20 against Australia on day two of the first Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, on Tuesday.

Before Sehwag, Sunil Gavaskar, Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and V V S Laxman are the Indian players who have reached the coveted milestone.

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He is the 23rd batsman in history of Test cricket to complete 8000 Test runs.

Sehwag completed the feat in his 93rd Test match by guiding pacer Peter Siddle to deep fine leg.

Virender SehwagPrior to the Melbourne Test match, Sehwag had hit 22 centuries at an average of over 52.

Earlier, Zaheer Khan took 4-77 to finish the best of the Indian bowlers, with R Ashwin and Umesh Yadav each taking three as Australia were bowled out for 333 in their first innings on the second day of the first Test.

Resuming on 277-6 overnight, Australia's tail-enders held on doggedly to add 56 runs for the final four wickets before Ashwin cleaned up with two wickets.

Paceman Zaheer wasted little time in dismissing wicketkeeper Brad Haddin and paceman Peter Siddle, ending their 72-run stand for the seventh wicket under bright sunshine at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

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