• It was the 1549th Test match in cricket history.
  • It was India's 341st and Zimbabwe's 52nd Test match - seventh between these two sides.
  • It was the 28th Test match on Zimbabwean soilfourth between these two sides.
  • Umpire Ian Robinson was officiating in his 25th Test match. He became first Zimbabwean and 31st umpire in Test annals to reach this landmark. The other umpire Asoka de Silva was standing in his third Test.
  • Hemang Badani and Travis Friend became the 237th and 51st player to represent India and Zimbabwe respectively. By an odd coincidence both these players have appeared in 13 matches each for their respective sides.
  • Grant Flower was playing his 50th Test match. He became third Zimbabwean after brother Andy and Alistair Campbell (52) and 171st player in all to have reached this milestone.
  • Rahul Dravid on 25 in first innings became the highest run-scorer against Zimbabwe in Tests moving ahead of New Zealander Nathan Astle who has an aggregate of 662 runs from 9 Tests and 15 innings. At the end of this match Dravid has scored 732 runs from five Tests and 8 innings. Tendulkar with 664 runs from 7 Tests and 11 innings has moved to second place behind Dravid.
  • Andy Blignaut's three catches in first innings equalled the best performance by a Zimbabwean in the field in an innings against India. Guy Whittall had also taken three catches in the first innings of the Bulawayo Test just a week ago.
  • Andy Flower completed his 1000 Test runs against India when his score reached 18 in first innings. He became first Zimbabwean and 22nd batsman in all to have accomplished this feat. At the end of this match Andy has taken his aggregate to 1043 runs from 14 innings of seven Tests against India. Flower The accompanying table lists the batsman with 1000 runs in a career against India. It might be noted that Andy's average of 128.37 is the highest among this elite band.
  • Batsmen with a career aggregate of 1000 runs against India :

    Batsman

    Runs

    For

    M

    Inn

    NO

    Ave

    HS

    100

    50

    0

    CH Lloyd

    2344

    WI

    28

    44

    4

    58.60

    242*

    7

    12

    1

    Javed Miandad

    2228

    Pak

    28

    39

    6

    67.52

    280*

    5

    14

    1

    IVA Richards

    1927

    WI

    28

    41

    3

    50.71

    192*

    8

    7

    1

    GStA Sobers

    1920

    WI

    18

    30

    7

    83.48

    198

    8

    7

    2

    Zaheer Abbas

    1740

    Pak

    19

    25

    5

    87.00

    235*

    6

    3

    1

    GA Gooch

    1725

    Eng

    19

    33

    2

    55.65

    333

    5

    8

    1

    RB Kanhai

    1693

    WI

    18

    28

    1

    62.70

    256

    4

    7

    1

    CG Greenidge

    1678

    WI

    23

    39

    4

    47.94

    194

    5

    8

    3

    AR Border

    1567

    Aus

    20

    35

    5

    52.23

    163

    4

    9

    2

    EdeC Weekes

    1495

    WI

    10

    15

    1

    106.79

    207

    7

    4

    0

    Mudassar Nazar

    1431

    Pak

    18

    25

    2

    62.22

    231

    6

    3

    0

    DI Gower

    1391

    Eng

    24

    37

    6

    44.87

    200*

    2

    6

    3

    KF Barrington

    1355

    Eng

    14

    21

    3

    75.28

    172

    3

    9

    0

    PA de Silva

    1252

    SL

    19

    32

    2

    41.73

    148

    5

    3

    0

    AI Kallicharran

    1229

    WI

    15

    25

    3

    55.86

    187

    3

    7

    2

    DC Boon

    1204

    Aus

    11

    20

    3

    70.82

    135

    6

    2

    0

    IT Botham

    1201

    Eng

    14

    17

    0

    70.65

    208

    5

    5

    1

    MW Gatting

    1155

    Eng

    16

    27

    6

    55.00

    207

    3

    3

    3

    RB Simpson

    1125

    Aus

    11

    21

    0

    53.57

    176

    4

    6

    0

    Imran Khan

    1091

    Pak

    23

    29

    8

    51.95

    135*

    3

    3

    0

    G Boycott

    1084

    Eng

    13

    22

    3

    57.05

    246*

    4

    2

    0

    A Flower

    1043

    Zim

    7

    14

    6

    130.37

    232*

    3

    6

    0

    • The remarkable thing about Andy's feat is that he needed only seven Tests to complete his 1000 runs.Flower now shares the record of completing 1000 runs in a career against India in least Test matches with West Indian Everton Weekes. Weekes, however, is the fastest in terms of innings as he accomplished this feat in four innings lesser than Andy.
  • Andy is now jointly placed second among the batsmen reaching 1000 runs in a career against a particular country in least matches alongwith West Indian Everton Weekes, Australia's Don Bradman and Doug Walters with West Indian Viv Richards heading the table. Richards took only six Tests to achieve a runaggregate of 1000 against England. Another West Indian Weekes holds the world record of being the fastest in least innings as he took only nine inning to complete his 1000 runs against India. The details:
  • Fastest to complete 1000 test runs against a specific country :

    Batsman

    For

    M

    Inns

    NO

    Ave

    Hs

    100s

    0s

    Vs

    Venue

    Tst

    Series

    IVA Richards

    WI

    6

    10

    1

    111.11

    291

    3

    0

    Eng

    Lord's

    2nd

    1980

    EdeC Weekes

    WI

    7

    9

    1

    125.00

    207

    5

    0

    Ind

    Bridgetown

    2nd

    1952-53

    KD Walters

    Aus

    7

    11

    2

    111.11

    242

    6

    0

    WI

    Port-of-Spain

    3rd

    1972-73

    DG Bradman

    Aus

    7

    13

    2

    90.91

    254

    5

    0

    Eng

    Leeds

    3rd

    1930

    A Flower

    Zim

    7

    13

    5

    128.37

    232*

    3

    0

    Ind

    Harare

    2nd

    2000-01

    RN Harvey

    Aus

    8

    13

    4

    111.11

    178

    6

    0

    SA

    Sydney

    3rd

    1952-53

    DCS Compton

    Eng

    8

    13

    1

    83.33

    208

    5

    0

    SA

    Cape Town

    3rd

    1948-49

    Javed Miandad

    Pak

    8

    14

    5

    111.11

    206

    4

    0

    NZ

    Hyderabad

    2nd

    1984-85

    WR Hammond

    Eng

    8

    14

    2

    83.33

    251

    4

    0

    Aus

    Leeds

    3rd

    1930

    GA Headley

    WI

    8

    15

    2

    76.92

    223

    5

    0

    Eng

    Bridgetown

    1st

    1934-35

    SM Gavaskar

    Ind

    8

    15

    4

    90.91

    220

    4

    1

    WI

    Port-of-Spain

    2nd

    1975-76

    WR Hammond

    Eng

    9

    11

    3

    125.00

    336*

    4

    1

    NZ

    Christchurch

    1st

    1946-47

    BC Lara

    WI

    9

    14

    2

    83.33

    375

    2

    0

    Eng

    Manchester

    4th

    1995

    M Azharuddin

    Ind

    9

    16

    3

    76.92

    179

    5

    0

    Eng

    The Oval

    3rd

    1990

    AR Morris

    Aus

    9

    16

    3

    76.92

    179*

    5

    0

    Eng

    Leeds

    4th

    1948

    MA Taylor

    Aus

    9

    17

    3

    71.43

    219

    2

    0

    Eng

    Sydney

    3rd

    1990-91

    L Hutton

    Eng

    9

    17

    3

    71.43

    202*

    3

    0

    WI

    Kingston

    1st

    1953-54

    • Heath Streak,on 11 in first innings,completed his 1000 runs in 40th Test. He became seventh Zimbabwean and 363rd batsman in Test annals to reach this landmark. The batsman with a career aggregate of 1000 runs for Zimbabwe are :Andy Flower (3908 runs in 52 Tests), Grant Flower (2812 runs in 50 Tests), Alistair Campbell (2307 runs in 52 Tests),Guy Whittall (2056 runs in 41 Tests), Dave Houghton (1464 runs in 22 Tests),Murray Goodwin (1414 runs in 19 Tests) and Heath Streak (1037 runs in 40 Tests).
  • With this, Streak also completed the coveted double of 1000 runs and 100 wickets, becoming the first Zimbabwean and 36th allrounder to do so.
  • Grant Flower,on 10 in first innings, became only the second batsman after brother Andy to reach 1000 runs at Harare Sports Club Ground. At the end of this Test,Grant has an aggregate of 1079 runs from 17 Tests after Andy's 1098 runs from 18 Tests.
  • Harbhajan Singh and Ashish Nehra by returning the figures of four for 71 and four for 72 achieved the two best figures by an Indian bowler in Zimbabwe. Anil Kumble had figures of four for 87 at this same venue in 1998-99.
  • Sachin Tendulkar,on 19 in second innings,became the second highest run-getter for India in Tests. He surpassed Dilip Vengsarkar's tally of 6868 runs from 116 matches and 185 innings. Tendulkar overhauled Vengsarkar's aggregate in 32 Tests and 50 innings lesser. Now only Sunil Gavaskar with 10122 runs in 125 Tests and 214 innings is ahead of Tendulkar. Tendulkar,with 6919 runs at the end of this Test,is placed 23rd in the list of leading Test batsmen.It is interesting to note that Tendulkar's average of 57.18 is second only to Don Bradman's 99.94.
  • Tendulkar now has 53 scores of fifty plus on this name including 25 hundreds which takes him past Vengsarkar who has 52 such scores (17 hundreds and 35 fifties) to his credit. Only Gavaskar has more fifty plus scores 79 (34+45) among Indian batsmen.
  • Tendulkar now has aggregated 2004 runs in 25 Tests (ave 40.08) in the matches lost by India . He became second Indian after Sunil Gavaskar (2314 runs in 34 Tests) and 11th batsman in all to aggregate 2000 runs in the `lost' matches. For the record Australia's Allan Border has the maximum run aggregate of 2771 runs (ave.33.39) in 46 Tests lost by Australia. The accompanying tables have details.
  • Most runs in `lost' matches

    Batsman

    Runs

    For

    M

    Inn

    NO

    Ave

    HS

    100

    50

    0

    AR Border

    2771

    Aus

    46

    92

    9

    33.39

    152*

    5

    13

    7

    DI Gower

    2581

    Eng

    42

    84

    4

    32.26

    114

    4

    15

    3

    AJ Stewart

    2473

    Eng

    44

    87

    5

    30.16

    89

    0

    19

    6

    GA Gooch

    2423

    Eng

    42

    84

    0

    28.85

    133

    3

    16

    5

    SM Gavaskar

    2314

    Ind

    34

    67

    1

    35.06

    137

    6

    12

    7

    A Ranatunga

    2163

    SL

    35

    70

    2

    31.81

    127

    1

    15

    5

    MA Atherton

    2128

    Eng

    40

    80

    0

    26.60

    144

    1

    13

    10

    BC Lara

    2125

    WI

    33

    66

    0

    32.20

    182

    3

    14

    7

    SR Waugh

    2065

    Aus

    32

    63

    7

    36.88

    199

    4

    9

    10

    A Flower

    2050

    Zim

    26

    52

    4

    42.71

    183*

    5

    13

    3

    SR Tendulkar

    2004

    Ind

    25

    50

    0

    40.08

    177

    7

    7

    5

    Most runs in `lost' matches for India

    Batsman

    Runs

    For

    M

    Inn

    NO

    Ave

    HS

    100

    50

    0

    SM Gavaskar

    2314

    Ind

    34

    67

    1

    35.06

    137

    6

    12

    7

    SR Tendulkar

    2004

    Ind

    25

    50

    0

    40.08

    177

    7

    7

    5

    DB Vengsarkar

    1654

    Ind

    34

    68

    2

    25.06

    157

    2

    9

    4

    M Azharuddin

    1605

    Ind

    25

    50

    1

    32.76

    121

    7

    3

    2

    N Kapil Dev

    1576

    Ind

    31

    62

    2

    26.27

    129

    1

    9

    5

    M Amarnath

    1534

    Ind

    23

    46

    1

    34.09

    100

    1

    13

    10

    GR Viswanath

    1483

    Ind

    28

    55

    0

    26.96

    95

    0

    12

    4

    Pataudi (Nawab of) jr

    1298

    Ind

    19

    37

    1

    36.06

    148

    2

    9

    3

    PR Umrigar

    1154

    Ind

    21

    42

    2

    28.85

    172*

    2

    5

    3

    FM Engineer

    1115

    Ind

    22

    43

    1

    26.55

    89

    0

    8

    7

    CG Borde

    1027

    Ind

    25

    49

    1

    21.40

    121

    1

    6

    11

    • The duck in second innings was eighth for Ajit Agarkar in his tenth Test and 16th innings. Agarkar's duck frequency of 50 % is the highest in Test cricket by a batsman aggregating atleast five ducks in a career. The details :
    Highest duck percentage in a career(Min 5 ducks)

    Batsman

    Duck Freq.

    0s

    For

    M

    Inn

    Runs

    NO

    Ave

    HS

    AB Agarkar

    50.00

    8

    Ind

    10

    16

    124

    1

    8.27

    41*

    AG Huckle

    50.00

    7

    Zim

    8

    14

    74

    3

    6.73

    28*

    AG Hurst

    50.00

    10

    Aus

    12

    20

    102

    3

    6.00

    26

    G Kishenchand

    50.00

    5

    Ind

    5

    10

    89

    0

    8.90

    44

    JM Patel

    50.00

    5

    Ind

    7

    10

    25

    1

    2.78

    12

    RG Holland

    46.67

    7

    Aus

    11

    15

    35

    4

    3.18

    10

    A Kuruvilla

    45.45

    5

    Ind

    10

    11

    66

    1

    6.60

    35*

    AD Mullally

    42.31

    11

    Eng

    18

    26

    127

    4

    5.77

    24

    WM Clark

    42.11

    8

    Aus

    10

    19

    98

    2

    5.76

    33

    BP Bracewell

    41.67

    5

    NZ

    6

    12

    24

    2

    2.40

    8

    MB Owens

    41.67

    5

    NZ

    8

    12

    16

    6

    2.67

    8*


    Highest duck percentage by Indian batsmen(Min 5 ducks)

    Batsman

    Duck Freq.

    0s

    For

    M

    Inn

    Runs

    NO

    Ave

    HS

    AB Agarkar

    50.00

    8

    Ind

    10

    16

    124

    1

    8.27

    41*

    G Kishenchand

    50.00

    5

    Ind

    5

    10

    89

    0

    8.90

    44

    JM Patel

    50.00

    5

    Ind

    7

    10

    25

    1

    2.78

    12

    A Kuruvilla

    45.45

    5

    Ind

    10

    11

    66

    1

    6.60

    35*

    DR Doshi

    36.84

    14

    Ind

    33

    38

    129

    10

    4.61

    20

    NS Tamhane

    29.63

    8

    Ind

    21

    27

    225

    5

    10.23

    54*

    Ghulam Ahmed

    29.03

    9

    Ind

    22

    31

    192

    9

    8.73

    50

    Maninder Singh

    28.95

    11

    Ind

    35

    38

    99

    12

    3.81

    15

    BS Chandrasekhar

    28.75

    23

    Ind

    58

    80

    167

    39

    4.07

    22

    ND Hirwani

    22.73

    5

    Ind

    17

    22

    54

    12

    5.40

    17

    BKV Prasad

    21.43

    9

    Ind

    30

    42

    168

    17

    6.72

    30*

    • Ashish Nehra became 27th Indian to bag a Test match pair (i.e. duck in both innings) on 36th occasion. He also achieved the dubious distinction of becoming the first Indian to suffer this ignominy against Zimbabwe. The other batsmen to do so against Zimbabwe are Pakistan's Manzoor Elahi (1994-95) and Mushtaq Ahmed (1997-98),West Indian Adrian Griffith (1999-00) and Bangladesh's Manjural Islam and Mohammad Sharif (2000-01).
  • Blignaut (5-74) became the third Zimbabwean to take a five wicket haul against India. Interestingly all three have performed this feat this same ground. John Traicos (5-86) in 1992-93 and Henry Olonga (5-70) are the others to do so.
  • Javagal Srinath now has taken 192 wickets in 52 Tests which puts him ahead of Erapally Prasanna who had 189 wickets from 49 Tests to his credit. Now only Kapil Dev (434 wickets in 131 Tests), Anil Kumble (276 in 61), Bishan Singh Bedi (266 in 67) and Bhagwat Chandrasekhar (242 in 58) are ahead of Srinath for India.
  • With the series tied at 1-1,India now has still not won a Test series outside the sub-continent since 1986 when it defeated England by 2-0 margin.
  • The win was Zimbabwe's sixth in 52 matches. Interestingly Zimbabwe has now beaten three neighbouring countries India, Pakistan and Bangladesh on two occasions each.
  • The defeat was India's 71st in 159th Test on foreign soil and second in four Tests in Zimbabwe.
  • At the end of this series :
  • India's overall Test record :played 341,won 66,lost 114,drawn 160 and tied one.
  • Zimbabwe's overall Test record:played 52,won 6,lost 26 and drawn 20.
  • Saurav Ganguly's captaincy record :played 8,won 5,lost 2 and drawn one.
  • Heath Streak's captaincy record :played 9,won 3,lost 4 and drawn 2.