Lure of history for Indian trio in Keenan stadium

Published: Monday, April 10, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Jamshedpur:Having already sealed the ODI series against the English side, some key Indian players would be looking to achieve some personal milestones in the sixth ODI here on Wednesday.

Harbhajan Singh, whose turbulence has swept the Englishmen of their footing, is just three short of bagging 150 scalps. The turbanator, who has been spinning the ball like a top, would certainly like to make it in his 122nd game.

Irfan Pathan, the pace spearhead, also has taken his game to the next level under Australian coach Greg Chappel, may have some more springs in his step as he lands the cherry in Keenan Stadium being just three short of 100 wickets in the shorter version of the game.

Pathan, who made his debut against Australia in Melbourne in 2004, has so far grabbed 97 wickets from 56 matches.

Once he adds three more scalps to his kitty, the Baroda pacer would become the 11th Indian to score a century with the ball. But with experiment being the buzzword and the seven match series clinched 4-0 and the fifth tie washed out in Guwahati, it remains to be seen whether he gets his chance here or will have to wait for a date in Indore.

And what to say about Yuvraj Singh! He is going through a purple patch smashing even the best of deliveries thrown at him. He would be itching to cap his impressive showing in recent matches by completing 4000 runs in limited over cricket in Jamshedpur. The left hander is on 3951 runs after playing 146 matches, and would become the ninth Indian and the 62nd player in the world to become a member of the 4000-club if he scores 49 runs.

While history beckons the trio from India, Robin Uthappa may be at the receiving end of it all. Widely tipped to be making his debut in Guwahati as a keeper batsman, he may have to give Jamshedpur a miss as it is more popularly known, nowadays, as Dhoni-land. So with the stylish and ruthless keeper-batsman Mahendra Singh Dhoni almost a certainty to play in his hometown, the milestone may have to wait.

For the visitors, who have been cast into the cruelest English winter, Paul Collingwood is 67 short of 2000 runs. The middle order bat has reinvented himself in the series, and would have something to look forward to even in the dead rubber.

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