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Published : Aug 08, 2015 00:00 IST

The last and only time that India won a Test series in Sri Lanka was 22 years ago. India won the three-match series in 1993, 1-0. Since then India have played four series in Sri Lanka - in 1997, 2001, 2008 and 2010 - with Sri Lanka winning in 2001 and 2008, both by 2-1 margins, while the other two series were drawn. Overall, India have played 17 Tests in Sri Lanka, winning four, losing six and drawing the remaining seven. Incidentally, Sri Lanka have also played exactly 17 Tests in India, losing ten and drawing seven without a single victory. Sri Lanka have played seven series in India, losing five and drawing two.


Mustafizur Rahman caught everyone's attention by taking a hat-trick on ODI debut and winning the Man of the Match (MoM) award in the same game. He made his Test debut during the first Test of the series between Bangladesh and South Africa, a rain-affected game in Chittagong. The rain did not deter Mustafizur though, as he returned figures of four for 37 in the first innings and again won the MoM award. Thus, he became the first cricketer in history to win a MoM award on Test and ODI debut. There are exactly 100 players, who have won a MoM award on either Test or ODI debut. Mustafi-zur features in both lists.

Q & A

Rahul Dravid has only one wicket (that of Ridley Jacobs) in his 164-Test career. Are there any other Test cricketers who have had illustrious careers as batsmen, but retired having taken only a solitary Test wicket?

- Manoj MajeedAnswer:

After England's crushing loss in the second Test of the current Ashes series, I read that Lord's has historically not been a great venue for England. Are there any stats to prove this?

- Karthick Ramanathan, Bangalore, KarnatakaAnswer:

Alastair Cook was dismissed for 96 during the Lord's Test. He generally seems to make a lot of scores in the 90s. Is he among the worst in this regard?

- Vivek Mohan, Chennai, Tamil Nadu

Alastair Cook has been dismissed in the 90s on seven occasions, which is the most in Test history for any England batsman - two more than Ken Barrington, Geoff Boycott and Kevin Pietersen. Interestingly, each of Cook's seven dismissals has been between the scores of 94 and 96, which is the most for any batsman from any country. Overall, Sachin Tendulkar has been dismissed in the 90s most -10 times.

AB de Villiers missed the first Test of South Africa's series against Bangladesh, but he had played 98 consecutive Tests before that. Has anyone played more consecutive Tests?

- Abhinay Kulkarni, Germany

There are four cricketers who have played more consecutive Tests than AB de Villiers - Allan Border (153), Alastair Cook (114*), Mark Waugh (107) and Sunil Gavaskar (106). However, AB de Villiers does hold the world record for having played the most consecutive Tests since making his debut. The only player who can go past him in the near future and become the first person to play 100 consecutive Tests since making his debut is Brendon McCullum, who has currently played 94 straight Tests since his debut in 2004.

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