Sehwag crosses 8000 Test runs

December 29, 2011

There cannot be a better occasion than a Boxing Day Test to reach an important landmark and end the year on a high and Virender Sehwag did just that when he crossed 8000 runs in Test cricket during the first Test against Australia.

Sehwag, who scored a fine 67 before falling to James Pattinson before tea on Day 2 at Melbourne, crossed the landmark when he went past 20 in the innings.

The opening Test against the Aussies was Sehwag’s 160th innings and the opener became the third fastest Indian to go past 8000 runs. Sehwag is also the fifth fastest in the world to reach the mark of 8000. Kumar Sangakkara, who reached the 8000 mark in 152 innings, heads the list.

Fastest to 8000 in Tests:

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Player Opposition Venue Match Date Matches Innings
Kumar Sangakkara India Colombo (PSS) 3 Aug 2010 91 152
Sachin Tendulkar West Indies Kingston 18 May 2002 96 154
Gary Sobers England Kingston 16 Feb 1974 91 157
Rahul Dravid Sri Lanka Delhi 10 Dec 2005 94 158
Virender Sehwag Australia Melbourne 26 Dec 2011 93 160
Javed Miandad New Zealand Faisalabad 26 Oct 1990 107 162
Brian Lara Australia St John’s 9 May 2003 94 164
Matthew Hayden India Melbourne 26 Dec 2007 92 164
Ricky Ponting South Africa Sydney 2 Jan 2006 100 165
Mahela Jayawardene Pakistan Karachi 21 Feb 2009 101 165

Virender Sehwag also became the fifth Indian to go past 8000 runs in Tests. The others who went past that mark are Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Sunil Gavaskar and VVS Laxman. Sehwag also became the 23rd cricketer in the world and the 9th Asian to cross 8000 runs in Tests.

Indians with 8000 or more Test runs:

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Player Matches Innings Not-outs Runs Highest Average 100s 50s
Sachin Tendulkar 184 303 32 15183 248* 56.02 51 63
Rahul Dravid 160 278 32 13094 270 53.22 36 62
Sunil Gavaskar 125 214 16 10122 236* 51.12 34 45
VVS Laxman 131 217 34 8626 281 47.13 17 55
Virender Sehwag 93 160 6 8047 319 52.25 22 31

Virender Sehwag has done fairly well in overseas Tests, and looking at his performance in different countries, the below table clearly shows that Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Australia are his top three run scoring countries apart from home. Sehwag has an average of 60 against Australia in Australia and his last overseas hundred outside the subcontinent came against the same team – 151 at Adelaide in Jan 2008.

Sehwag’s country-wise performance in Tests:

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Country Matches Innings Not-outs Runs Highest Average 100s 50s
in Australia 8 15 0 900 195 60.00 2 4
in Bangladesh 4 6 1 176 56 35.20 0 2
in England 6 10 0 278 106 27.80 1 1
in India 44 76 3 4248 319 58.19 12 19
in New Zealand 5 9 0 180 48 20.00 0 0
in Pakistan 6 8 0 732 309 91.50 2 1
in South Africa 8 15 0 382 105 25.46 1 1
in Sri Lanka 6 11 1 692 201* 69.20 3 2
in West Indies 4 7 0 357 180 51.00 1 1
in Zimbabwe 2 3 1 102 44 51.00 0 0

Virender Sehwag has accumulated most of his runs in the first innings, scoring more than 6000. Sehwag’s performance when India batted second is also slightly better than then one compared to when India batted first.

Innings break-up of Sehwag’s performance in Tests:

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Category Matches Innings Not-outs Runs Highest Average 100s 50s
1st match innings 40 40 1 2368 309 60.71 9 5
2nd match innings 53 53 0 3754 319 70.83 12 13
3rd match innings 38 38 0 1175 151 30.92 1 6
4th match innings 34 29 5 750 83 31.25 0 7
Matches batting first 40 72 1 3427 309 48.26 10 11
Matches fielding first 53 88 5 4620 319 55.66 12 20

Note:

I. The numbers on all the above tables are those updated after Sehwag’s dismissal on 67 on Day 2 of the first Test against Australia.

II. Rahul Dravid and Virender Sehwag’s aggegrate also includes the runs they scored for the ICC World XI.

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