March 18, 2002

4th Match,India v Zimbabwe, Statistical Highlights

  • Murali Kartik,the slow left-arm bowler from Railways, became the 144th player to represent India in an ODI.

  • The four wickets that Ajit Agarkar's claimed in the Hyderabad on Saturday has made him India's highest wicket-taker against Zimbabwe - he now has 35 wickets from 21 ODIs against the visitors. He went past fellow teammate Anil Kumble's aggregate of 32 from 20 matches.

  • The four-wicket haul was Agarkar's sixth in his 91st onedayer and this puts him on par with Manoj Prabhakar. Now only Anil Kumble (nine) and Javagal Srinath (seven) have taken more four-wicket hauls than Agarkar.

  • Grant Flower by making 44 in the Hyderabad one-dayer has exactly 1000 runs to his name in one-dayers against India. He was playing his 32nd innings in his 32nd match against the Indians. Grant became the third Zimbabwean after Alistair Campbell (1188 in 36 matches) and brother Andy (1130 in 33 matches) and the 19th batsman overall to do so. Incidentally, Pakistan's Saeed Anwar holds the record of aggregating most runs in a career against India; he has made 1901 runs from 49 matches.

  • The fourth wicket partnership of 76 between Rahul Dravid and Mohammad Kaif was India's best for this wicket against Zimbabwe in a floodlit match. This expunged the previous best of 70 between Sachin Tendulkar and Mohammad Azharuddin at the Centurion on February 7,1997.

  • The fifth wicket partnership of 94 between Mohammad Kaif and Yuvraj Singh was India's best for this wicket against Zimbabwe in all matches. This obliterated the previous record unbroken partnership of 84 between Ajay Jadeja and Robin Singh at Benoni on February 9, 1997. Incidentally, India's previous highest fifth wicket partnership in a floodlit match against Zimbabwe was a paltry 42 between Rahul Dravid and Robin Singh at Sharjah on October 22, 2000.

  • Yuvraj Singh's innings of 80* was the second highest by any Indian at number six in a floodlit match - Ajay Jadeja's 119 at Colombo RPS on August 17, 1997 still remains the best.

  • The win was India's 50th in a floodlit match.

  • The Man of the Match award was Yuvraj Singh's third in his 29th match.