Melbourne: Following are the statistical highlights of the second day's play between India and Australia in the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne.
# Virender Sehwag has completed his 8,000 runs in Tests. He is the 23rd player and the fifth Indian to accomplish the feat.
# Sachin Tendulkar (15,256), Rahul Dravid (13,162), Sunil Gavaskar (10,122), VVS Laxman (8626) and Virender Sehwag (8047) are the top Indian run-scorers in Tests.
# Sehwag's feat of reaching 8,000 runs in 160 innings is the fifth quickest in Tests - the four quickest being Kumar Sangakkara (152), Sachin Tendulkar (154), Garry Sobers (157) and Rahul Dravid (158).
# In terms of Tests taken, Sehwag's feat of reaching 8,000 runs in 93 Tests is the fourth quickest. The record is held by Sangakkara (91) and Sobers (91), followed by Matthew Hayden (92), Sehwag (93), Rahul Dravid (94), Brian Lara (94), Sunil Gavaskar (95) and Tendulkar (96).
# Sehwag (67), playing in his only second Test at MCG, has registered his second highest innings at this venue, next only to the 195 in December 2003 - an innings embellished with 25 fours and five sixes.
# Sehwag is averaging 91.00 at MCG - 273 in three innings at a strike rate of 82.97.
# Sehwag's aforesaid innings is his highest in Tests this year, bettering the 60 against the West Indies at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai in November.
# Sehwag, for the first time, has recorded three innings of 50-plus in succession in Australia - 63 & 151 at Adelaide in January 2008 and 67 at Melbourne.
# In just 8 Tests in Australia, Sehwag has completed 900 runs at an average of 60.00, including two hundreds and four fifties.
# Sehwag's 9th fifty against Australia is his 31st in Tests. Sehwag's tally of fifties against Australia includes 76 off 82 balls for ICC World XI at Sydney in October 2005.
# Zaheer Khan has completed his 50 wickets against Australia at an average of 35.42 in 16 Tests.
# Zaheer is the seventh Indian bowler to claim 50 wickets or more against Australia, joining Anil Kumble (111), Harbhajan Singh (90), Kapil Dev (79), Erapalli Prasanna (57), Bishan Singh Bedi (56) and Shivlal Yadav (55).
# Zaheer (4/77) has produced his best figures at MCG, bettering the 4 for 94 four years ago.
# Zaheer's aforesaid figures are his second best in Australia - the best being 5 for 95 at Brisbane in December 2003.
# Peter Siddle (41) has recorded his second highest score in Tests - the highest is 43 against England at Sydney in January 2011.
# Siddle's previous highest at MCG was 40 against England in December 2010.
# Haddin and Siddle put on 72 for the seventh wicket - Australia's highest against India at MCG, outstripping the 66 between Bright and Matthews in December 1985.
# Australia's highest seventh wicket partnership at MCG is 185 between Yallop and Matthews against Pakistan in December 1983.
# Ravichandran Ashwin has completed his 25 wickets in four Tests at an average of 23.40. His economy rate of 2.93 is reasonably good.
# Mahendra Singh Dhoni is the second Indian wicketkeeper to effect four dismissals in an innings at MCG. P.K.Sen had achieved the feat in February 1948.
# James Pattinson (18 not out) has recorded his highest innings in Tests, bettering the 17 against New Zealand at Hobart in December this year.
# Ben Hilfenhaus (19) has posted his highest innings at MCG. His highest against India is 20 not out at Mohali in October 2010.
# Gautam Gambhir's Test record in 2010 and 2011 is not upto the mark, averaging 32.75 last year and 32.64 this year. He had recorded an average of 70.87 in 2008 and 90.87 in 2009.
# Gambhir, in his last four innings against Australia, has posted 36, 25, 0 & 3.
# Tendulkar has taken his tally to 3224 (ave.60.83) in 32 Tests against Australia. His tally includes 11 centuries and 14 fifties. Only Jack Hobbs (3636) and David Gower (3269) have managed more runs against Australia than Tendulkar.
# Tendulkar, with his 73 off 98 balls, has established a record for most fifties (64) in Test Cricket, obliterating the tallies of Allan Border (63) and Rahul Dravid (63).
# Rahul Dravid's 13th fifty against Australia is his 63rd in Tests.
# Rahul Dravid has completed his 2,000 runs against Australia - 2040 at an average of 42.50 in 30 Tests.
# Dravid has completed his 1,000 runs against Australia in Australia - 1040 at an average of 52.00 in 13 Tests.
# Dravid is the third Indian to complete 1,000 runs against Australia in Australia, joining Tendulkar (1595) and Laxman (1081).
# Dravid's tally of 99 innings of fifty-plus (36 centuries + 63 fifties) is exceeded only by Sachin Tendulkar - 115 (51 centuries + 64 fifties).
# Dravid and Tendulkar were associated in a stand of 117 for the third wicket - their 20th stand of 100 or more.
# Dravid-Tendulkar pair is the first to register 20 partnerships of 100 or more in Tests - their aggregate being 6864 at an average of 51.22 in 140 innings.
# The aforesaid stand of 117 is Dravid's 88th of 100 or more in Tests (a record) and the 84th for Tendulkar.