India and England are set to face-off in a four-match Test series, starting in Chennai on February 5. While the first two matches will be played in Chennai, the third and fourth Test will be held at the Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad. India go in having defeated Australia in Australia 2-1, despite playing with a weakened outfit due to injury issues. England, on the other hand, will also enter the series high on confidence. They got the better of Sri Lanka 2-0 in Sri Lanka, with skipper Joe Root playing the standout role with two stellar knocks. In the build-up to the India-England series, here are all the key stats to know about.
India and England have faced each other in 122 Tests so far. England hold the upper hand, having won 47 matches while India have been victorious in 26 games. Forty-nine Test matches between the teams have ended in a stalemate.
At home, India have a better record. In 60 Tests played in India, the hosts have won 19 matches while England have been victorious in 13. Twenty-eight matches between the two teams have ended in a draw.
Highest team totals
The highest team total in India-England Tests is 759/7d by India in Chennai in December 2016. For England, their best effort in Tests against India is 710/7d in Birmingham back in August 2011.
Lowest team totals
India’s 42 at Lord’s in June 1974 is the lowest-ever team total in India-England Tests. For England, their lowest total against India is 101 at The Oval in August 1971.
Sachin Tendulkar holds the record for having scored most runs in India-England Tests. He has scored 2535 runs in 32 Tests at an average of 51.73. For England, Alastair Cook has most Test runs against India. He has 2431 runs to his name from 30 Tests at an average of 47.66.
Highest individual scores
Graham Gooch’s famous 333 at Lord’s in July 1990 is the highest individual score in India-England Tests. For India, there is a surprise entry on the list. Karun Nair’s unbeaten 303 in Chennai in December 2016 is the highest Test score by an Indian against England.
Dravid, Tendulkar and Cook (7) jointly hold the record for having notched up the most hundreds in India-England Tests. Mohammad Azharuddin and Kevin Pietersen have scored six each.
Most runs in a series
Gooch (752 runs in 1990) holds the record for having scored the most number of runs in an India-England Test series. The Indian record is the name of skipper Kohli (655).
James Anderson has picked up most wickets in India-England Tests. In 27 matches, he has claimed 110 wickets at an average of 25.98. For India, Bhagwath Chandrasekhar has taken most wickets against England — 95 in 23 Tests at an average of 27.27.
Best bowling figures in an innings
Fred Trueman’s 8 for 31 in Manchester in July 1952 are the best bowling figures in India-England Tests. The Indian record is held by Vinoo Mankad, who picked up 8 for 55 in Chennai in February 1952.
Best bowling figures in a match
Ian Botham’s 13 for 106 in Mumbai in February 1980 are the best bowling analysis in a match. For India, Mankad claimed 12 for 108 in the 1952 Chennai Test.
Most five wickets in an innings
Chandrasekhar (8) has claimed most five-fors in India-England Tests. For England, Botham picked up six in 14 matches.
Most wickets in a series
Chandrasekhar picked up 35 wickets during 1972-73 Test series in India. For England, Trueman claimed 29 scalps as part of the 1952 Test series in England.
Most catches by a non-wicketkeeper
Cook (38) has taken most catches by a non-wicketkeeper in India-England Tests. For India, the record stands in the name of Sunil Gavaskar (35).
Bishan Singh Bedi (11) has registered the most ducks in India-England Tests. For England, the unwanted record is in the name of Matthew Hoggard (4).