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Milestone day for Indian player as Ojha, Vijay cross crucial personal marks

Saturday, 23 March 2013 - 4:06pm IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: dna webdesk

Pragyan Ojha got his 100th Test wicket while Murli Vijay crossed 1000 runs on Day 2 of the fourth and final Test of the Border-Gavaskar series against Australia.
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It was a day of personal records for Team India on Day 2 of the fourth and final Test of the Border-Gavaskar series against Australia which the hosts lead 3-0.

Trying to curb the Australian tail, the Indian bowling unit saw left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha take James Pattinson’s wicket to end Australia’s first innings at 262. The wicket was the bowler's 100th wicket and this made him the third fastest Indian bowler to take 100 wickets in Test matches.

The 26-year-old achieved the feat in 22 Tests and shares third position on the list with Subhash Gupte and BS Chandrasekhar. Only Erapalli Prassanna took 100 wickets in 20 matches and Anil Kumble acheived the same in 21 matches.

It is interesting to note that Ojha has never played outside the Indian subcontinent. Outside India, the Hyderabad lad has only played four Tests—one in Bangladesh and three in Sri Lanka.

When India started batting, it was opening batsman Murali Vijay who achieved a landmark in his career as he crossed the 1000-run mark during his knock of 57.

Vijay became the 59th India batsman to reach 1000 Test runs and the fourth from Tamil Nadu after Kris Srikkanth (2062), Sadagoppan Ramesh (1367) and Dinesh Karthik (1000).

Interestingly, Vijay has scored his first, 500th and 1000th Test runs against the Australian team. Vijay has scored all three of his centuries against Australia, including his best score of 167 in Hyderabad in the second Test of the current series.

There will surely be many celebrations in the dressing room tonight as India aim for a 4-0 whitewash in the series.

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