Harbhajan first No.8 player to score two successive Test tons

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Hyderabad: Harbhajan Singh is the first number eight player to register two successive centuries in Tests.

Harbhajan struck his maiden Test century in the first Test against New Zealand at Ahmedabad (115) and followed it up with an unbeaten 111 on the fourth day of the second Test here on November 15.

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India have posted two stands of 100-plus in their total of 472 – 160 for the opening wicket and 105 for the tenth, providing the second instance in Test cricket when century stands for the first and tenth wickets were posted in the same innings.

The 105-run partnership between Harbhajan Singh and S. Sreesanth is the second 100-plus partnership for the tenth wicket by any pair against New Zealand. Harbhajan has registered his career-best all-round performance in a Test match – 111 not out + 4/76. He is the second Indian all-rounder to record the said feat against New Zealand. Vinoo Mankad had made 231 and bagged four for 65 in the second innings of the 1955-56 Madras Test.

Harbhajan’s tally of seven sixes in his unbeaten 111 is the highest by an Indian player against New Zealand and the second best by an Indian in Tests. Navjot Singh Sidhu had recorded eight sixes during his innings of 124 against Sri Lanka at Lucknow in 1993-94. Virender Sehwag had also hit seven sixes during his innings of 293 against Sri Lanka at Mumbai last year.

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