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India vs Australia: Approaching milestones



Harbhajan Singh is all set to become the tenth Indian player to appear in 100 Tests during the forthcoming series. Sachin Tendulkar, with 194 Tests, holds the record, followed by Rahul Dravid (164), VVS Laxman (134), Anil Kumble (132), Kapil Dev (131), Sunil Gavaskar (125), Dilip Vengsarkar (116), Sourav Ganguly (113) and Virender Sehwag (102).


Hundred needed by Sachin Tendulkar (11 in 35 Tests) to emulate Jack Hobbs' all-time record of twelve hundreds in 41 Tests against Australia.


Wickets needed by Pragyan Ojha (95 at an average of 31. 62 in 20 Tests) to become the 18th Indian bowler to complete 100 wickets or more in Tests. His tally includes 69 wickets at an average of 25. 26 in twelve Indian wins.


Wins in the forthcoming series required by Mahendra Singh Dhoni (20 in 43 Tests) to establish an Indian record for most wins by a captain. At present, the record is held by Sourav Ganguly with 21 victories out of 49.


Runs required by Michael Clarke (6, 989 at an average of 52. 54 in 89 Tests) to become the tenth Australian to complete 7, 000 runs or more in Tests.


Runs needed by Sachin Tendulkar (709 at an average of 50. 64 in 10 Tests) to overtake Rahul Dravid's tally of 735 (ave. 56. 53) in nine Tests and to become the leading run-getter at PCA Stadium, Mohali.


Runs required by Tendulkar (6, 940 runs at an average of 53. 79 in 88 Tests) to become the second batsman after Ricky Ponting (7, 578 runs at an average of 56. 97 in 92 Tests) to complete 7, 000 runs in Tests at home.

1, 000

Tendulkar (876 runs at an average of 87. 60 in 9 Tests) is likely to become the second Indian batsman to manage 1, 000 runs at Chepauk, Chennai. Sunil Gavaskar, with 1, 018 runs at an average of 59. 88 in twelve Tests, is the only one to accomplish the feat.


Runs required by Tendulkar (3, 438 at an average of 57. 30 in 35 Tests) to overtake England's Jack Hobbs' tally of 3, 636 (ave. 54. 26) in 41 Tests and to become the top run-scorer against Australia in Tests.


Runs needed by Virender Sehwag (1, 794 at an average of 43. 75 in 21 Tests) to become the 20th player to complete 2, 000 runs or more against Australia in Tests. His tally includes 83 runs (ave. 41. 50) in the Sydney Test in October 2005 for ICC World XI against Australia.


Hundred needed by Tendulkar to cross Mahela Jayawardene and Jacques Kallis to register 22 centuries at home in Tests. In doing so, he will also emulate Ricky Ponting's record of 23 centuries in Australia in Tests.


Wickets needed by Harbhajan Singh (90 at an average of 29. 35 in 16 Tests) to become the thirteenth bowler and the second Indian after Anil Kumble (111 at 30. 32 runs apiece in 20) to complete 100 wickets against Australia. Ian Botham, with 148 wickets at an average of 27. 65 in 36 Tests, holds the record.


Stumping or catch that Mahendra Singh Dhoni needs to establish a record for most dismissals (109) on Indian soil. Interestingly, both Syed Kirmani and Dhoni have the same catches and stumpings - 89 catches + 19 stumpings (108 overall) - but as Dhoni has played 36 Tests at home compared to Kirmani's 48.


Runs needed by Dhoni (3, 883 at an average of 38. 06 in 73 Tests) to become the first Indian and the seventh wicketkeeper to complete 4, 000 runs.


Runs required by Michael Clarke (686 at an average of 38. 11 in ten Tests) to become the fourth batsman to score 1, 000 runs or more against India in India in Tests. Clive Lloyd (WI) - 1359 runs at an average of 75. 50 in 14 Tests, Gordon Greenidge (WI) - 1042 at 45. 30 in 14 and Matthew Hayden (Aus) - 1027 at 51. 35 in 11, are the batsmen to have achieved the feat.

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