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India hope to break jinx

January 21, 2006 11:51 IST

Twenty-three Tests have been played at the Iqbal stadium in Faisalabad, out of which only 11 produced a result; 12 have ended in draws.

On 18 occasions, the captain winning the toss elected to bat, but only five times has the team gone on to win, while 11 games have been drawn. On five occasions when the toss-winning captain decided to bowl first, two Tests resulted in wins for the toss-winning side, while on two occasions the decision backfired, while one match ended in draw.

India has a none-too-impressive record at Faisalabad. Three out of their four matches ended in draws there and in 1982-83 they were crushed by 10 wickets by the hosts.

India can however take solace from the fact that Pakistan too hasn't enjoyed much success at the venue in recent past. In the last five games at the ground, Pakistan lost two and drew the remaining three. The last time India played at Faisalabad was way back in 1989-90 and Sachin Tendulkar is the only active player from that game.

Pacers have always performed better than spinners at the venue. In the last five Tests at the venue, pacers have taken 106 wickets, at an average of 29.64 and a strike-rate of 57.01. The corresponding figures for spinners are 36.81 and 78.54. Confining to India versus Pakistan encounters only, the difference becomes only too glaring. While pacers have taken 65 wickets at an average of 46.31 and a strike-rate of 82.02, spinners have yielded 69.83 runs and bowled 142.96 deliveries for every wicket.

Among current batsmen, Inzamam-ul Haq tops the batting charts for Pakistan with 575 runs from 6 games with two hundreds at an average of 52.27. In fact both his hundreds were scored in one game against England.

Shoaib Akhtar, with 13 wickets from 2 games, at 25.31, tops the bowling charts. Danish Kaneria has taken 11 wickets, but they have come in four Tests at an average of 53.27. Shahid Afridi has taken 6 wickets in 2 games at a measly average of 22.17. He could turn out to be Pakistan's trump-card on this wicket.

There have been three Test matches at Faisalabad, in which at least one full day's play was lost because of rain, bad weather and clashes with the umpire. They are:

Pak v Aus -- 1979-80 -- (first day was lost)
Pak v Eng -- 1987-88 -- (third day was lost due to Shakoor Rana/Mike Gatting controversy)
Pak v Zim -- 1998-99 -- (all five days were lost because of heavy fog).

The first and second games were drawn, while the third was abandoned since not even the toss was made. For the same reason, the third game is not included into cricket records also.

Playing record of each country:
Country Mts Won Lost Drawn Won%
Australia 3 0 1 2 0.00
England 4 0 0 4 0.00
India 4 0 1 3 0.00
New Zealand 1 0 1 0 0.00
Pakistan 23 6 5 12 26.09
South Africa 2 1 0 1 50.00
Sri Lanka 5 2 1 2 40.00
West Indies 3 2 1 0 66.67
Zimbabwe 1 0 1 0 0.00
TOTAL 23 11 11 12 47.83

Toss record:
Tests Won Lost Drawn
Toss won & batted first 18 5 2 11
Toss won & fielded first 5 2 2 1

Highest Individual Scores:
Score Batsman For Vs Season
253 ST Jayasuriya SL Pak 2004-05
235 GS Chappell Aus Pak 1979-80
210* Taslim Arif Pak Aus 1979-80
210 Qasim Omar Pak Ind 1984-85
206 Qasim Omar Pak SL 1985-86
203* Javed Miandad Pak SL 1985-86
199 Mudassar Nazar Pak Ind 1984-85
176 Zaheer Abbas Pak Ind 1978-79
172 GN Yallop Aus Pak 1979-80
168 Zaheer Abbas Pak Ind 1982-83
157 S Wettimuny SL Pak 1981-82
154* Javed Miandad Pak Ind 1978-79
152 DI Gower Eng Pak 1983-84
Note: Five centuries have been scored by Indian batsmen at Faisalabad with GR Viswanath's 145 in 1978-79 being the highest

Highest partnership for each wicket:
Wkt Runs Players For Vs Season
1st 141 Mohsin Khan Mudassar Nazar Pak Ind 1984-85
2nd 250 Mudassar Nazar Qasim Omar Pak Ind 1984-85
3rd 397 Qasim Omar Javed Miandad Pak SL 1985-86
4th 287 Javed Miandad Zaheer Abbas Pak Ind 1982-83
5th 200 Patil, SM Shastri, RJ Ind Pak 1984-85
6th 207 Salim Malik Imran Khan Pak Ind 1982-83
7th 167 Gower, DI Marks, VJ Eng Pak 1983-84
8th 124 Kirsten, G Symcox, PL SAf Pak 1997-98
9th 101 Jayasuriya, ST Fernando, CRD SL Pak 2004-05
10th 48 Rashid Khan Tauseef Ahmed Pak SL 1981-82

Best bowling in an innings:
Player Wkts Runs For Vs Season
C Pringle 7 52 NZ Pak 1990-91
Waqar Younis 7 76 Pak NZ 1990-91
Abdul Qadir 7 142 Pak Aus 1982-83
N Kapil Dev 7 220 Ind Pak 1982-83
Abdul Qadir 6 16 Pak WI 1986-87
Wasim Akram 6 48 Pak Zim 1996-97
SM Pollock 6 78 SAf Pak 2003-04
Iqbal Qasim 6 89 Pak WI 1980-81
Wasim Akram 6 91 Pak WI 1986-87
Imran Khan 6 98 Pak Ind 1982-83
M Prabhakar 6 132 Ind Pak 1989-90
Iqbal Qasim 6 141 Pak SL 1981-82

Best bowling in a match:
Player Wkts Runs For Vs Season
Waqar Younis 12 130 Pak NZ 1990-91
C Pringle 11 152 NZ Pak 1990-91
Imran Khan 11 180 Pak Ind 1982-83
Abdul Qadir 11 218 Pak Aus 1982-83
Wasim Akram 10 106 Pak Zim 1996-97

Note: The best match figures by an Indian bowlers have been 7 for 220 by Kapil Dev in 1982-83

Tests between India and Pakistan:
Test # Start Date Inns1 Inns2 Inns3 Inns4 Result
1 16 Oct 1978 Pak 503-8d Ind 462-9d Pak 264-4d Ind 43-0 Drawn
6 03 Jan 1983 Ind 372 Pak 652 Ind 286 Pak 10-0 Pak-10 wickets
8 24 Oct 1984 Ind 500 Pak 674-6 Drawn
13 23 Nov 1989 Ind 288 Pak 423-9d Ind 398-7 Drawn

Rajneesh Gupta