Indian averages no match to Lankans

Published: Monday, September 3, 2001, 23:01 [IST]
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Colombo: The disappointing performance by the Indians in the just concluded Test series is reflected in the individual batting and bowling averages where the visitors lag far behind Sri Lankans, who took all the honours.
Rahul Dravid and Venkatesh Prasad emerged the most successful batsman and bowler respectively for India, but they were no match to Mahela Jayawardene and the redoubtable Muthiah Muralitharan of Sri Lanka. While Dravid, who scored 235 runs from six innings, had the second best run- aggregate in the series, his average of 47.00 placed him fifth on the overall list that is headed by Jayawardene who averaged 74.00. With 296 runs including two centuries in four innings, Jayawardene emerged as the highest run-getter in the series. In the bowling department, Muralitharan was way ahead of competition, taking 23 wickets at an average of 19.30. Indian off spinner Harbhajan Singh could manage just four wickets at an average of 67.00. Prasad claimed 11 wickets at an average of 28.00 while Javagal Srinath, who returned home after the first Test due to a finger injury, averaged 22.80 for his five wickets. Six Sri Lankan batsmen scored centuries in the series and four of them averaged above 50. None of the Indian batsmen could get a hundred in the series.

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