Galle: Statistical highlights on the fourth day of the first cricket Test between India and Sri Lanka here on Wednesday.
Virender Sehwag has become the fifth Indian player to register 20 centuries or more in Tests, joining Sachin Tendulkar (47), Sunil Gavaskar (34), Rahul Dravid (29) and Mohammad Azharuddin (22).
Sehwag has completed 1,000 runs against Sri Lanka, aggregating 1031 at an average of 73.64 in 9 Tests. His tally includes two fifties and four hundreds.
Sehwag enjoys an outstanding strike rate against Sri Lanka – 99.90 while his overall strike rate is 81.11
Sehwag is the fifth Indian batsman to amass 1,000 runs against Sri Lanka, joining Sachin Tendulkar (1697), Rahul Dravid (1475), Mohammad Azharuddin (1215) and Sourav Ganguly (1064).
In four Tests in Sri Lanka, Sehwag’s strike rate is 94.16 – 484 runs at an average of 69.14.
Sehwag has registered nine centuries on foreign soil and eleven in India.
Sehwag’s tally of 583 runs at an average of 72.87, including three centuries and two fifties, in five Tests is the highest by an Indian batsman in 2010.
Sehwag has recorded centuries in three consecutive Tests for the first time in his career – 109 at Nagpur and 165 at Kolkata – both against South Africa and 109 against Sri Lanka at Galle.
Sehwag and VVS Laxman were involved in a fourth wicket partnership of 68 -- India’s highest at Galle.
Sachin Tendulkar (84) has posted his first fifty at Galle International Stadium, eclipsing the 31 in 2008.
Rahul Dravid (9032 at an average of 55.41 in 181 innings) has become the second batsman to complete 9,000 runs while batting at number three, joining Ricky Ponting (9453).
Dravid and Tendulkar have shared a stand of 119 – India’s highest partnership for the third wicket at Galle.
Tendulkar has been associated in 75 partnerships of 100 or more in Tests, joining Rahul Dravid (82) and Ricky Ponting (78).
Sachin Tendulkar is the second Indian batsman after Virender Sehwag to amass 500 runs in 2010 – 569 at an average of 81.28 in five Tests.
In his previous four Tests, he had recorded centuries. As such, he missed equalling the Indian record of centuries in five successive Tests, held by Gautam Gambhir.
Tendulkar became the first player to complete 7,500 runs in Tests on foreign soil, aggregating 7521 at an average of 55.30 in 93 Tests.
Tendulkar is the first player to total 800 runs against Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka, aggregating 857 (ave. 61.21) in ten Tests, including four centuries and three fifties.
Tendulkar’s 55th half-century in Tests is his fifth against Sri Lanka.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Yuvraj Singh have shared a sixth wicket partnership of 74 – India’s highest at Galle.
Yuvraj’s fifth half-century against Sri Lanka is his ninth in Tests.
Muttiah Muralitharan, with Yuvraj’s wicket in the first innings, became the first bowler to take 100 wickets against India. His tally at the end of the fourth day is now 103 at an average of 32.57 in 22 Tests.
Muralitharan’s seventh instance of five wickets in an innings (5/63) against India is his 67th overall.
Having already taken 112 wickets against England and 104 against South Africa, Muralitharan became the second bowler in the history of Test cricket to accomplish the distinction of taking 100 wickets or more against three opponents.
Shane Warne had captured 195 wickets against England, 130 against South Africa and 103 against New Zealand.
Sri Lanka have enforced a follow-on for the second time, against India. Sri Lanka had defeated India by an innings and 239 runs at Colombo, SSC in 2008 after enforcing a follow-on.