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How Sehwag beats Sachin and Sunny

india Updated: Jun 29, 2006 11:52 IST
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Virender Sehwag became the eleventh Indian batsman to complete 4,000 runs in Test cricket during his innings of 65 on the fifth and final day of St Kitts Test.

More importantly, he became the fastest among Indians to reach the 4,000 run-mark in terms of least number of innings taken to accomplish the feat.
 
Sehwag took only 79 innings to achieve this landmark, which puts him at top of the following list ahead of Sunil Gavaskar (81), Dravid (84) and Tendulkar (86).

Race to 4,000 run-mark

 

 Innings  Batsman  Test  Avg  100s  50s 
 79 Sehwag 48 53.44 12 12
 81 Gavaskar 43 54.05 17 17
 84 Dravid 48 54.05 9 21
 86 Tendulkar 58 51.95 14 18
 88 Azharuddin 62 47.62 14 13
 96 Viswanath 53 45.45 8 26
 99 Amarnath 60 44.94 11 23
 104 Ganguly 62 43.48 9 20
 104 Laxman 65 43.48 8 22
 114 Vengsarkar 70 38.83 8 22
 138 Kapil Dev 97 32.00 6 21

Among all the contemporary batsmen, Sehwag is the third fastest behind only Brian Lara and Matthew Hayden as is listed below:

 Innings Batsman For Tests  Avg   100s 50s
 76 Lara WI 45 54.79 10 20
 77 Hayden Aus 46 57.97 16 11
 79 Sehwag Ind 48 53.44 12 12
 84 Dravid Ind 48 54.05 9 21
 86 Tendulkar Ind 58 51.95 14 18
 91 Gibbs RSA 55 46.51 11 14
 91 Jayawardene SL 57 48.19 10 20
 91 Martyn Aus 57 51.28 12 22
 92 M Yousuf Pak 56 48.19 12 21
 92 Sangakkara SL 56 46.51 9 19

At the end of the St Kitts Test, Sehwag's average stands at 55.56 as an opener. This is easily the highest career average by an Indian opener and the fourth highest in Test cricket for any player who has played at least 50 innings at this position.

Best openers in Test cricket (Minimum 50 innings)

 Avg  Batsman  Tests  Runs  HS  100s  50s 
 61.10 H Sutcliffe  (Eng) 53 4522 194 16 23
 56.47 L Hutton (Eng) 76 6721 364 19 31
 56.37 JB Hobbs (Eng) 58 5130 211 14 27
 55.56 V Sehwag (Ind) 43 3723 309 11 10
 55.51 RB Simpson (Aus) 38 3664 311 8 19
 53.70 DL Amiss (Eng) 39 3276 262* 11 9
 53.08 ML Hayden (Aus) 84 7326 380 26 26
 51.11 HH Gibbs (SA) 59 4907 228 14 18
 50.81 GC Smith (SA) 46 3659 277 11 12
 50.29 S Gavaskar (Ind) 119 9607 221 33 42

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