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Ganguly enters 7000-run club

While the cricketing fraternity celebrated Sachin's most run feat, Sourav Ganguly moved past a milestone when he became the 4th Indian batsman to cross 7000 runs in Tests.

cricket Updated: Oct 17, 2008 22:51 IST

While the cricketing fraternity celebrated Sachin Tendulkar's most run feat, Sourav Ganguly quietly moved past a milestone when he became the fourth Indian batsman to cross 7000 runs in Tests.

The left-hander, set to retire after the four-match Test series against Australia, went past the landmark when he scored 40 during the first day of the second Test in Mohali.

Ganguly took 111 Tests to achieve this feat. The other three members of the 7000-club are Tendulkar, Sunil Gavaskar and Rahul Dravid.

The moment came an hour after Tendulkar surpassed Brian Lara's earlier 11953 runs to become Test cricket's highest run-getter.

# Sourav Ganguly (7015) became the fourth Indian player after Tendulkar (12027), Dravid (10,341) and Gavaskar (10,122) to register 7,000 runs or more in Test Cricket.

# Ganguly's 35th fifty in Test Cricket is his seventh against Australia.

# India's score of 311 for five wickets off 85 overs is the second best score by a team in a day's play at Mohali. On the first day of the Mohali Test against Pakistan in 2004-05, India had made 312.

# Sehwag, with his innings of 35 off 36 balls, has taken his runs tally this year to 1088 at an average of 64.00 in 10 Tests. Only South Africa's Graeme Smith has made more runs than Sehwag this year --- 1179 at an average of 69.35, including four centuries and four fifties in 11 Tests.

# Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir, in their last seven innings, have recorded six stands of 50-plus -- 167 and 90 against Sri Lanka at Galle; 51 and 62 against Sri Lanka at Colombo; 70 and 16 against Australia at Bangalore and 70 at Mohali on Friday.

# Gambhir (67 off 140 balls) posted his highest score against Australia, bettering his 29 at Bangalore in the first Test of the series.

# Gambhir's first fifty against Australia is his seventh in Test Cricket.

# Ganguly and Tendulkar were associated in a stand of 142 -- India's best for the fifth wicket at Mohali, bettering the 80 between the same pair against England in 2001-02.

# After Cameron White in the Bangalore Test, Peter Siddle became the second Australian to capture Sachin's wicket as his first on Test debut.

First Published: Oct 17, 2008 20:25 IST