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Saturday , December 15 , 2012
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James, the nemesis!

James Anderson dismissed Sachin Tendulkar for the 9th time in his career — the most any bowler has dismissed Tendulkar in Tests. In his last 30 innings, from July 2011, Tendulkar has been dismissed bowled on 7 occasions while he has been trapped lbw 8 times.

Incidentally, it was overall his 53rd such dismissal (bowled) in Tests. The full list of batsman who were dismissed ‘bowled’ most often are: Rahul Dravid — 55 times; Allan Border & Tendulkar — 53; Jacques Kallis — 46; John Reid — 44; Gundappa Viswanath — 41; Alec Stewart & Mark Boucher — 40.

Virender Sehwag recorded the 16th duck of his career. Here’s the list of ducks of some of India’s notable Test players: 16 — Kapil Dev & Sehwag; 15 — Dilip Vengsarkar; 14 — Pankaj Roy, Sachin Tendulkar, & VVS Laxman; 13 — Chandu Borde & Sourav Ganguly.

Sehwag also registered his 7th duck against England in 29 innings. The Indians with most ducks against England are: Bishan Singh Bedi — 11; Pankaj Roy & BS Chandrasekhar — 8; Erapalli Prasanna & Sehwag — 7.

When on 16, Gautam Gambhir (37) became the 12th Indian to score 4000 runs in Tests. He is the only 2nd Indian left-handed batsman, after Sourav (7212 runs), to aggregate 4000-plus Test runs for India.

Joe Root became the 72nd Englishman to score a fifty in his debut innings in Test cricket. He is the first to do so since Tim Ambrose made 55, against New Zealand, in Hamilton, in 2007-08.

Root’s 73 came off 229 balls. Some other England players who made a fifty (score from 50 to 75) in their debut innings taking more than 200 balls are the following:

Henry Jupp — 63 (241 balls), vs Aus (Melbourne, 1876-77)

Roger Tolchard — 67 (238 balls), vs Ind (Calcutta, 1976-77)

Joe Root — 73 (229 balls), vs Ind (Nagpur, 2012-13)

Brian Luckhurst — 74 (201 balls), vs Aus (Brisbane, 1970-71)

Graeme Swann became the only bowler to score a fifty in his 50th Test, after Fred Titmus (61, vs Aus, in Perth, 1974) & Ashley Giles (59, vs Aus, at The Oval, 2005). Incidentally, all three of them were English spinners.

Mohandas Menon