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Stats: Bhajji is second Indian after Kumble to take 250 wickets in India

November 13, 2010 22:02 IST

Statistical highlights from the second day's play of the second Test between India and New Zealand in Hyderabad on Saturday.

# Gautam Gambhir has posted his highest score in 11 innings.

# Gambhir, during his 96, has completed his 500 runs against New Zealand, aggregating 520 at an average of 65.00 in five Tests, including two hundreds and two fifties.

# Gambhir has posted his 12th fifty in Tests.

# Harbhajan Singh, with Daniel Vettori's wicket, became the second Indian bowler after Anil Kumble (350 at an average of 24.88 in 63 Tests) to complete 250 wickets in India – 253 at an average of 28.07 in 51 Tests.

# Harbhajan is the second most successful bowler for India this year with 30 wickets at an average of 42.30 in 9 Tests -- a tally bettered only by Zaheer Khan (41 at 22.41 in eight Tests) for India in 2010.

# Virender Sehwag is the top run-scorer in the current rubber, aggregating 270 at an average of 90.00 in three innings, including a hundred and a ninety.

# Sehwag's previous best performance in a series against New Zealand was the 2003-04 in India -- 177 in four innings (two Tests), including one hundred.

# Sehwag's runs' tally this year is quite impressive -- 1174 at an average of 65.22, including five hundreds and five fifties, in eleven Tests -- his second best in terms of run-aggregate in a calendar year -- 1462 (ave. 56.23) in 14 Tests in 2008.

# Sehwag is the second Indian opener to complete 7000 runs in Tests. Sunil Gavaskar was the first to achieve the distinction, aggregating 9607 at an average of 50.29 in 203 innings.

# Sehwag's 96 is his fifth innings in the nineties.

# The 160-run opening stand is the first by Sehwag-Gambhir pair against New Zealand, eclipsing the 73 at Wellington in April 2009.

# The aforesaid stand is the eighth for Gambhir-Sehwag pair.

# Gambhir-Sehwag's average of 57.92 is the third highest by an opening pair amongst the pairs with 3000 runs or more in Tests -- the top two being the 87.81 by Jack Hobbs and Herbert Sutcliffe for England and 60.94 by Bill Lawry and Bobby Simpson for Australia.

# The Indian playing eleven in the present Test, became the first team to amass 50,000 Test runs.

# Jesse Ryder's performance against India is excellent, aggregating 500 at an average of 71.42 in five Tests, including three hundreds and one fifty.

# Ryder has recorded two 50-plus innings in succession against India for the first time --103 at Ahmedabad followed by 70 at Hyderabad.

# Ryder is the leading scorer for New Zealand in the current series, with 173 runs at an average of 86.50.

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