India v Pakistan, 2nd Test, Kolkata, 1st day March 16, 2005

First-class Dravid, and high aggregates

Cricinfo staff

  • When Rahul Dravid reached 64, he became the fourth Indian, after Sunil Gavaskar, Dilip Vengsarkar and Sachin Tendulkar, to reach 16,000 runs in first-class cricket. But while Gavaskar and Vengsarkar average in the early fifties, Dravid's is above 57, but less than Tendulkar's average of over 61.

  • Rahul Dravid's 110 was his 19th century in 88 Tests and pushed his average against Pakistan above 50. He now averages over fifty against every Test nation except South Africa, who have limited him to a shade under forty. (Click here for Dravid's career summary.)

  • India's total of 344 on the first day was the second-highest aggregate of runs on the first day of a Test in Kolkata. Only West Indies have scored more in 34 Tests, with 359 in 1958-59.

  • Besides being the venue that Tendulkar reached his 10,000th Test run at, Eden Gardens has also become the landmark at which Steve Bucknor reached unscaled heights by officiating in his 100th Test. He has 13 more than David Shepherd, 27 more than S Venkatraghavan, and is well clear of Dickie Bird (66), Rudi Koertzen (60) and Darrell Hair (60).

  • The Sehwag-Gambhir combination put on 80 in the morning before being separated. As partners, they average 57.7 in the seven Tests they have played together. It was their fourth partnership of 80 or above. A notable point is that each time their partnership has gone beyond 20, they have put on 80 or more.