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March 08, 2009

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Gautam Gambhir    Rating: 9/10

Gautam Gambhir was the cornerstone of India's batting. He accumulated 445 runs from six innings, at an astonishing average of 89.00, the highest aggregate by any batsman on either side.

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    His most memorable innings was the resilient 137 he scored in the second essay of the Napier Test, an innings that helped India save the match.

    Gambhir, who was eventually named Man of the Match and Series as well, later admitted his biggest challenge was to perform in New Zealand.

    "It was the biggest challenge in front of me on my first foreign tour and I am happy to have performed well," he said.

    We would have given him 10-on-10, but his careless shot towards the end of the day's play in the first innings of the second Test in Napier, has forced us to deduct a point. Apologies!




    Series stats:

    Player Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 0 4s 6s
    Gambhir 3 6 1 445 167 89.00 946 47.04 2 1 0 54 2

    Player Mat Ct St
    Gambhir 3 1 0

    Text: Bikash Mohapatra and Harish Kotian

    Statistics: Rajneesh Gupta

    Photographs: Reuters

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