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Test milestones at Motera

November 14, 2012 14:15 IST

As India and England prepare to battle it out in the first Test of the four-match series at the Sardar Patel stadium in Ahmedabad, Rajneesh Gupta traces the track record of Tests at the venue.

- India-England Test cricket dossier

Out of a total of 11 Tests played at the Sardar Patel stadium in Ahmedabad -- better-known as Motera -- only five have produced results, with India winning three and losing two.

Summary:

Season

Opp

Result

Inns1

Inns2

Inns3

Inns4

1983-84

WI

WI- 138 runs

WI  281

Ind 241

WI  201

Ind 103

1986-87

Pak

Drawn

Pak 395

Ind 323

Pak 135-2

 

1993-94

SL

Ind - inns & 17 runs

SL 119

Ind 358

SL  222

 

1996-97

SA

Ind- 64 runs

Ind 223

SA 244

Ind 190

SA 105

1999-00

NZ

Drawn

Ind 583-7d

NZ  308

Ind 148-5d

NZ 252-2

2001-02

Eng

Drawn

Eng 407

Ind 291

Eng 257

NZ 198-3

2003-04

NZ

Drawn

Ind 500-5d

NZ 340

Ind 209-6d

NZ 272-6

2005-06

SL

Ind- 259 runs

Ind 398

SL 206

Ind 316-9d

SL 249

2007-08

SA

SA- Inns & 90 runs

Ind  76

SA  494-7d

Ind 328

 

2009-10

SL

Drawn

Ind 426

SL  760-7d

Ind 412-4

 

2010-11

NZ

Drawn

Ind 487

NZ 459

Ind 266

NZ 22-1

Summary of results

Mts

Won

Lost

Drawn

India

11

3

2

6

England

1

0

0

1

Win the toss and bat first has been a mantra which almost all captains have religiously followed atthe venue. The only time a captain deviated from that formula was in India's first Test there, when Kapil Dev put the West Indies in. Kapil himself had a fabulous match, taking 9 for 83 in the second innings, but India crashed to a 138-run defeat.

The pitch at Motera is often referred to as a spinner's paradise, but stats reveal that fast bowlers have actually achieved more success.

Take a look:

Wkts

Avg

Best

5WI

10WM

Pace

147

32.70

9-83 (Kapil Dev)

5

1

Spin

179

36.24

7-62 (Harbhajan Singh)

8

3

Overall

326

34.64

9-83 (Kapil Dev)

13

4

Top bowlers at Ahmedabad

For

Mts

Wkts

Avg

5WI

10WM

A Kumble

Ind

7

36

26.78

3

1

Harbhajan Singh

Ind

7

29

34.83

2

1

Kapil Dev

Ind

3

14

16.21

1

1

DL Vettori

NZ

3

13

48.54

0

0

J Srinath

Ind

3

12

27.33

1

0

M Muralitharan

SL

3

12

43.17

0

0

SLV Raju

Ind

1

11

11.36

2

1

Top batsmen at Ahmedabad

For

Mts

Runs

Avg

100s

50s

R Dravid

Ind

7

771

59.31

3

1

SR Tendulkar

Ind

8

629

44.93

3

0

VVS Laxman

Ind

7

574

47.83

1

5

SC Ganguly

Ind

4

411

68.50

2

2

V Sehwag

Ind

6

350

31.82

1

1

DPMD Jayawardene

SL

2

332

110.67

1

1

Batting in the fourth innings hasn't been particularly difficult. India and South Africa were bowled out for 103 & 105 in 1983-84 and 1996-97 respectively, but since then batting last has not been that difficult.

New Zealand batted out the entire last day in 1999-00, losing just two wickets, while India lost only three on the final day against England in 2001-02.

In 2003-04 New Zealand again made 224 for the loss of five wickets in 89 overs.

In 2005-06 Sri Lanka made 249 in the fourth innings.

The average runs-per-wicket figure for each innings in Tests at Ahmedabad is as follows:

1st Inns

2nd Inns

3rd Inns

4th Inns

38.18

38.69

31.20

28.59

Milestones at Motera

Motera was been witness some very important milestones.

In 1983-84, Kapil Dev won the toss, and, misreading the pitch, put the opposition, West Indies, in to bat and ended up losing the Test by 138 runs.

During India's first innings, Sunil Gavaskar, in his 96th match, crossed Geoff Boycott's tally of 8114 runs to become the highest run-getter in Tests and also crossed the 1000-run mark in a calendar year for an unprecedented fourth time.

When the West Indies batted a second time, Kapil became the third Indian to take nine wickets in an innings.

The next Test at Motera was the India-Pakistan game in 1987, made memorable for Sunil Gavaskar becoming the first cricketer to cross the 10,000 run mark in Tests.

In 1993-94, Kapil Dev got his world Test record of 432 wickets when he had Hashan Tillekeratne caught by Sanjay Manjrekar on the first morning of the Test against Sri Lanka.

In 1996-97, Javagal Srinath demolished the South African line up with a spell of six for 21 in the second innings to star in India's victory. During that innings, six South Africans failed to score, an unusual occurrence.

In 1999-00, Sachin Tendulkar scored his first Test double century against New Zealand.

In 2003-04, also against New Zealand, Sourav Ganguly completed his 10,000 runs in first class cricket, whereas Anil Kumble became second Indian (after Kapil Dev -434 wickets in 131 Tests) to complete 350 wickets in a Test career when he had Jacob Oram caught by Rahul Dravid in first innings. Sachin Tendulkar completed his 1,000 runs against New Zealand during the second innings. He became first Indian to do so against New Zealand. Rahul Dravid completed his 200 catches in first-class cricket with the catch of Jecob Oram in the second innings.

In 2005-06, the Test against Sri Lanka was Anil Kumble's 100th Test and he celebrated the occasion with a five-for in the second innings. Kumble and Harbhajan accounted for 17 Sri Lankan wickets as India beat Sri Lanka by 259 runs.

In 2007-08, against South Africa, India were bowled out for a paltry 76 before the lunch on first day! Indian innings lasted for just 20 overs, making it the shortest inning in the sub-continent. South Africa thrashed India in just three days by an innings and 90 runs to record their biggest win (by innings margin) against India.

In 2009-10, Sri Lanka posted 760 for 7 declared- the highest total by any side in India, overtaking India's 676 for 7 in Kanpur in 1986-87.Amit Mishra went for 203 runs for one wicket in 58 overs to record the worst figures by an Indian spinner at home, beating Vinoo Mankad's 202 (for three) against West Indies in 1948-49. In this Test Sachin Tendulkar became the first batsman to complete his 30,000 international (Tests+ODIs+T20Is) runs at this venue. Rahul Dravid also became the fifth batsman to complete 11,000 runs in Test cricket.

In 2010-11, New Zealand's Kane Williamson scored a hundred on Test debut. Daniel Vettori completed the all-round double of 3000 runs and 300 wickets in the same Test.

Rajneesh Gupta