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November 06, 2008
Statistical highlights on day one of the fourth and final Test match between India and Australia [Images] in Nagpur on Thursday.
# Sachin Tendulkar [Images] with his 109-run knock, became the first player in the history to record 40 Test hundreds.
# Tendulkar's 40th ton is his 10th against Australia. He became second player to post 10 centuries against Australia. England's [Images] Jack Hobbs (12) was the first to achieve the distinction.
# Tendulkar, with his 40th Test hundred, has established another world record -- most fifty-plus (91) innings with 40 hundreds and 51 half-centuries, outstripping Australia's Allan Border's [Images] tally of 90 fifty-plus innings -- 27 centuries + 63 fifties.
# Tendulkar (384 at an average of 64.00) became the third batsman after Gautam Gambhir [Images] (463 at an average of 77.16) and VVS Laxman (377 at an average of 125.66) to amass 300-plus in the 2008-09 series.
# With his 109 off 188 balls, Tendulkar surpassed Sunil Gavaskar's [Images] tally of 16 centuries on home soil.
# VVS Laxman became the eighth Indian and the 46th overall to appear in 100 Tests.
# The seven others with 100 Tests or more are: Sachin Tendulkar (154), Anil Kumble [Images] (132), Kapil Dev [Images] (131), Rahul Dravid [Images] (129), Sunil Gavaskar (125), Dilip Vengsarkar (116) and Sourav Ganguly [Images] (113).
# Laxman (1017) became the third batsman to aggregate 1000 runs in the calendar year 2008, joining Virender Sehwag [Images] (1261), Graeme Smith [Images] (1179) - a distinction recorded by him for the first time.
# Virender Sehwag's 16th Test fifty (66 off 69 balls) is his sixth against Australia.
# Sehwag, during his half-century, completed 5,000 runs while opening the Indian innings - 5037 (ave. 53.02) in 99 innings, including 14 centuries and 14 fifties.
# Sehwag is now the second Indian to amass 5,000 runs as an opener. Sunil Gavaskar (9607 at an average of 50.30, including 33 hundreds and 42 fifties in 203 innings) holds the world record for aggregating most runs while opening the innings.
# Rahul Dravid's seventh duck in Test Cricket is his fourth against Australia.
# Jason Krejza is the 404th player to have played for Australia in a Test match
# Murali Vijay is the 260th player to have played a Test match for India.
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