Gambhir, Harbhajan top charts in New Zealand

Published: Wednesday, April 8, 2009, 13:43 [IST]
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Wellington: Opener Gautam Gambhir who is now in cracking form lead the batting chart with 445 runs, while Harbhajan Singh led the bowler's chart with 16 wickets in India's first Test series triumph in New Zealand in 41 years.

Gambhir averaged 89, scoring two centuries and a fifty to be the top-scorer of the three-match series, which India won 1-0. His highest was the 167-run knock that he hit in the second innings of the drawn third Test.

Sachin Tendulkar was a distant second with 344 runs at an average of little over 68. The veteran right-hander scored a hundred and a couple of fifties.

New Zealand depended heavily on Jesse Ryder to score and he didn't disappoint averaging 65 for his 327 runs that included a double-hundred. The mercurial right-hander was the hosts' top-scorer in the series followed by Ross Taylor, who contributed 322 runs at an average of 64. Taylor struck two hundreds.

Rahul Dravid the next highest scorer, accumulating 314 runs at an average of 62 after scoring four fifties during the series. Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who was laid low by a back strain during the second Test, also had a fairly decent outing with the bat, averaging 77 for his 155 runs in the two matches he played.

Meanwhile, Harbhajan's 16 scalps, that included a six-wicket haul in the third Test, were the most by a bowler in the series. Kiwi pacer Chris Martin was second with 14 wickets but coming at an average of 32, they were a tad too expensive.


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