The Indian cricket team has a severe challenge in its hands in the upcoming tour of England, comprising five Tests. This is India’s first assignment in the new ICC World Test Championship 2-21-23 cycle. India, who reached the final of the 2019-21 WTC, were beaten convincingly by New Zealand at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton to once again highlight their unsuccessful attempts in doing well in England. India have been perturbed by seam and swing and it’s the batting that may be found wanting once again.
Out of their 18 tours here, India have sealed just three wins and one draw. The rest of the 15 Test series have been won by the home team. India last won a Test series in England back in 2007. Since then, in all three-Test series here, they have faced heavy defeats, losing 11 of the 13 Test matches. With another lengthy series on offer, England will be aiming to continue with their dominance against the number two ranked team in the ICC Test Rankings.
For India, this will be a test of their character under Virat Kohli. The Indian side of late has earned respectable wins but the elusive title in England is what the target will be. England-India Tests have promised aplenty of late and this time too things will be expected to go in the same vein. India will also need to better the numbers both individually and team wise on English soil.
In this article, we present the crunch numbers between the two teams in England.
Decoding the notable teams’ stats
The Indian cricket team has lost 13 Tests in England by an innings margin. In their last three Test tours here, India have lost five Tests by an innings margin. England’s largest victory against Team India came in 1974 (by an innings and 285 runs).
In 2011, England recorded the highest team score in an innings against India at home 710/7d in Birmingham. They have also registered five scores of 600-plus against India. Meanwhile, India’s best score in England is 664 at The Oval in 2007.
India have an unwanted record of posting the top eight lowest scores between the two sides. All of these scores have been under 100. India’s lowest team total in England is 42 at Lord’s in 1974.
Interestingly, India have also accounted for the highest number of extras bowled in an innings (63) in 2011. They bowled a whopping 15 no balls in the Birmingham Test in which England managed 710/7d.
Tendulkar, Dravid and Cook dominate the runs chart
Former Indian batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar boasts of the most runs scored against England in England. The legendary batter amassed a total of 1,575 runs at an average of 54.31. He registered four centuries and eight fifties with the best score of 193. Tendulkar is followed by another former batting ace Rahul Dravid, who is the second-highest scorer in England-India Test matches in England. Dravid accumulated 1,376 runs from 13 Tests at an average of 68.50. He ruled the show with six centuries and four fifties with the best score of 217.
For England, former skipper Alastair Cook went on to score 1,196 runs against India at home at 44.29. The southpaw made his presence felt with two centuries and five fifties with the best score of 294. Sunil Gavaskar (1,152 runs) and Graham Gooch (1,134 runs) form the top five in terms of most runs between the two teams. Out of the current lot, Joe Root has amassed 837 runs at 59.78. He will aim to get past 1,000 runs at home against India. Virat Kohli isn’t far behind, amassing 727 runs at 36.35.
Meanwhile, Gooch holds the record for most runs in an England-India Test series. He amassed 752 runs in India’s 1990 tour of England.
Highest individual scores achieved in England between the two teams
There have been 12 scores of 200-plus by batters in England versus India Tests. Geoffrey Boycott leads the show with the best score of 333. He is the only triple centurion. Cook is next with his monumental 294. Boycott also hammered 246* in Leeds which is the third-best score.
The likes of Ian Bell (235), Wesley Hammond (217), David Lloyd (214*), Ian Botham (208*), Joe Hardstaff (205*), Kevin Pietersen (202*), and David Gower (200*) are the other England batters with 200-plus scores. For India, Gavaskar’s 221 remains the best score. He is followed by Dravid (217).
Here are the other crunch stats in batting
Former England batter Kevin Pietersen has the best average with the bat 79.80 in England-India Tests in England. In terms of centuries, Dravid’s six is the best tally. No other batter has managed five or more centuries.
The likes of Pietersen, Michael Vaughan, Nasser Hossain, and Gooch managed to register four Test tons each. For India, Dilip Vengsarkar and Tendulkar got four tons each as well.
In an unwanted tally, Indian duo Pankaj Roy and Bishen Singh Bedi posted the most number of ducks in England (7 each).
In terms of partnership runs, Bell and KP stitched 350 runs for the third wicket at The Oval in 2011. It remains the best partnership tally, For India, Sourav Ganguly and Sachin Tendulkar’s 255-run stand for the third wicket remains the best.
Anderson and Broad dominate the wickets against India at home
England’s two most successful Test bowlers James Anderson and Stuart Broad contributed immensely in terms of wickets. Anderson leads the chart for most number of scalps taken in England-India Tests. He has 84 wickets at 23.66. Anderson, who can get to 100 scalps in the upcoming series, boasts of four five-wicket hauls with the best figures of 5/20.
His bowling partner Broad has taken 60 wickets against India at home at an average of 20.96. Broad has clinched two five-wicket hauls as well with a best of 6/25. Former England pacer Frederick Trueman is the only other bowler with 50-plus wickets in England-India Tests. Trueman accounted for a total of 53 wickets at just 14.84.
For India, Ishant Sharma is aiming to become the fourth pacer to get 50-plus wickets against England at their own backyard. He leads the chart for India alongside Kapil Dev (43 wickets each).
Highest individual spells achieved in England between the two teams
Fred Trueman has the record for the best bowling spell. He took 8/31 in the Manchester Test in 1952. Alec Bedser follows suit with figures of 7/49 in the Lord’s Test in 1946. He also took 7/52 in the same series in Manchester as well. Ishant’s memorable 7/74 at Lord’s in 2014 remains as India’s best returns.
In terms of best bowling figures in a match, Bedser claimed 11/93 in Manchester and 11/145 at Lord’s in 1946. For India, former pacer Chetan Sharma (10/188) has the best returns. He got this mark in 1986.
Here are the other crunch stats in bowling
Bedser and Anderson have the most five-wicket hauls in an innings against India (4 each). Bedser has the most 10-wicket returns in a match (2). In terms of most wickets in a series, Trueman leads the show with 29. He achieved the number in India’s 1952 tour of England.
Broad and Anderson (25 wickets each) are next. Broad achieved the numbers in 2011, whereas, Anderson got the feat in 2014.
BS Bedi conceded the most runs by a bowler in a single innings (6/226). The next on this list is Himmatlal Mankad (5/196).
Wicket-keeping and captaincy records
Former England keeper Matt Prior claimed 41 dismissals against India at home. He is followed by MS Dhoni, who amassed 36 dismissals. Dhoni has the record for most Test matches as captain (9). However, he won just one Test, losing a staggering seven with a win percentage of 11.11.
Meanwhile, Anderson, Cook, and Tendulkar have all played 17 Tests in England between the two sides. Anderson is set to steer clear in the upcoming Test series.