India v Pakistan, 1st Test, Delhi, 5th day November 26, 2007

Kumble's love affair with Delhi continues

Stats highlights from the Delhi Test between India and Pakistan, which India won by six wickets to take a 1-0 lead in the series

Stats highlights from the Delhi Test between India and Pakistan, which India won by six wickets to take a 1-0 lead in the series.



Anil Kumble has taken 55 wickets from six Tests in Delhi, at an average of 15.41 © AFP

  • India's six-wicket win against Pakistan in Delhi is their seventh in a row at the Feroz Shah Kotla, and their tenth overall in 29 Tests. The only venue where India have won more is the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai, where they've won 11 out of 28.

  • Anil Kumble made a winning start to his stint as captain, becoming the seventh Indian to do so - Polly Umrigar, Sunil Gavaskar, Ravi Shastri, Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and Virender Sehwag are the others.

  • The Feroz Shah Kotla continues to be an excellent venue for Kumble the bowler as well - in six Tests here he has 55 wickets at an average of 15.41, and has never taken fewer than seven wickets in a match here. His 55 victims here is the first instance of an Indian bowler to take 50 wickets at a ground. Also, of the ten Man-of-the-Match awards he has won in his Test career, three have come at this venue. Kumble became the first Indian to win the Man-of-the-Match award in his debut Test as captain.

  • The other Indian who hogged the statistical limelight was Sachin Tendulkar, who went past Allan Border's tally of 11,174 runs to become the second-highest run-getter in Tests. Tendulkar's tally of 11,207 is 746 fewer than Brian Lara's 11,953.

  • Tendulkar also scored his first half-century in a successful run-chase. In 41 previous fourth innings, Tendulkar had only managed four fifty-plus scores: two hundreds, against England at Old Trafford and Pakistan in Chennai, a 52 against Australia in Melbourne and an 86 against West Indies at Kingston. His unbeaten 56 lifts his fourth-innings average up to 34.43, and he becomes only the third Indian, after Sunil Gavaskar and Rahul Dravid, to score 1000 runs in the last innings of a Test.

  • Pakistan didn't have much to celebrate, losing their third Test out of five in Delhi, but one of the positives for them from the game was the performance of Salman Butt and Yasir Hameed in the second innings. In the five innings when they've opened the batting, Butt and Hameed have averaged 46.40 per partnership, with one century stand and a half-century partnership.

  • Misbah-ul-Haq did his cause no harm either with a match aggregate of 127. His three highest scores in Tests have come in his last three innings. Prior to that, in 11 innings he had a highest of 28.

    S Rajesh is stats editor at Cricinfo