Sehwag, Harbhajan top stats charts

Published: Friday, December 3, 2004, 18:29 [IST]
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New Delhi:Virender Sehwag emerged as the highest run-getter as India dominated the statistical charts, sweeping the batting and bowling honours in the two-Test cricket series against South Africa.

Sehwag, who turned out to be the main tormentor for the visitors, amassed 262 runs at an average of 87.33 though it was vice-captain Rahul Dravid who topped the batting averages with 90.50 compiling 181 runs.

Off-spinner Harbhajan Singh, who played a key role in India's eight-wicket series winning victory in Kolkata yesterday, stood out among the bowlers with an impressive haul of 13 wickets taken at an average of 23.61.

The other Indian top order batsmen, who had fared dismally against Australia, once again failed to get the big scores. Though Sourav Ganguly did marginally better (48.50), Sachin Tendulkar (27.50) and VVS Laxman (23.50) continued to disappoint.

For the South Africans, Jacques Kallis scored the maximum runs at 241 and also had the best batting average (80.33). Their bowlers were largely unimpressive, the experienced Shuan Pollock taking just four wickets at an average of 55.75.

Their other frontline bowler Makhaya Ntini emerged as the highest wicket-taker with eight scalps from two matches at an average of 32.25.

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