India vs England 2021: Virat Kohli holds most of the records as we look at the Test match records between both the teams in India.
In what will actually be an ICC World Test Championship final qualifying series for both the teams, Team India would be meeting England at home for a blockbuster 4-match Test series. Both the teams are in the contention for the final spot, but only one of them can make it to the top 2 provided Australia vs South Africa Test series result is in favour of both the teams.
The history of India vs England Test matches goes back to the pre-Independence days in 1933 when England officially played India in a 3-match Test series; of course, won 2-0 by England. However, with Independence wave around the corner, it took 18 years for both the teams to play another Test series in India. The 5-match Test series was ultimately ended in a Draw as 1-1. While Colonel CK Nayudu captained India in 1933, Vijay Hazare captained India in 1951.
Historically, India have had an upper hand over England in Test matches in India; although not so convincingly. While Team India have won 19 matches, England have won 13, and the remaining 28 have ended in a Draw. However, if we look at the stats of the 21st century, England have won only 1 series while losing 3. In terms of matches, India have won 8, while England won 3.
So, as we wait for the blockbuster 2021 Test series between India vs England to begin, let’s look at the top unique records between both the teams in Test matches in India.
Team Record in Tests: India vs England in India
Total Tests Played: 60
India: 19 // England: 13 // Draw: 28
#1: Highest Team Total
The highest team total between both the teams belongs to Team India, who had scored a mammoth 759/7 in their last series vs England in 2016. That’s the same innings that saw Karun Nair score a triple hundred, and India defeat England 4-0. This highest team total is followed by England’s 652/7 in 1985 and India’s 631/10 in the same 2016 series.
#2: Highest Successful Run Chase
Who doesn’t remember the famous chase by Team India against England during the 2008 series in Chennai? Virender Sehwag lit the show with an aggressive 83(68), and that was followed by a superb century by Tendulkar. While 387 is the highest chase between both the teams, the second-best is almost half of it at 208 by England in 1972, and third-best stands at just 144 by India in 2006.
#3: Lowest Team Total
While two of the top 3 highest scores between India and England belong to Team India, two of the three lowest total between both the teams also belongs to India. The lowest total belongs to Team India, who were bundled out for just 83 runs in the 1977 series. This is followed by Team India once again at 100 runs in 2006, and this is followed by England’s 102 in 1981.
India vs England Batting Records in Tests in India:
#1: Most Runs Overall
Sunil Gavaskar with 1331 runs from 39 innings is the leading run-scorer between both the teams for Tests in India. However, important to note that Gavaskar’s average against England at home is just 35.97. Following Gavaskar is England’s Sir Alastair Cook with 1235 runs from 26 innings. The Legend Gundappa Vishwanath is third on the list with 1022 runs from 30 innings. Among current Cricketers, Captain Virat Kohli has 843 runs from just 15 innings.
#2: Most Runs in a Series
Talking about most runs in a series, Virat Kohli leads the charts with 655 runs at an average of 109.2, which he scored during the 2016 series vs England. He is followed by England’s Ken Barrington, who has 594 runs in a 5-match Test series in 1961. Third on the list is Vijay Manjrekar with 586 runs at an average of 83.7, which he scored during the 1961 series.
#3: Best Batting Average (Min 500 runs)
When it comes to highest batting average, England’s Ken Barrington has a total of 674 runs at a stunning average of 96.28. India’s Mohammed Azharuddin stands second with 653 runs at an average of 93.28. The former Indian captain is followed by Team India’s current captain, Virat Kohli, who has 843 runs at an average of 70.25.
#4: Highest Individual Score
The highest individual score between both the teams belongs to a man, who had disappeared from the Indian team after being only the second Indian to score a triple century in Tests. Yes, it is Karun Nair with a fabulous triple century of 303*, which he scores during the 2016 series. This is followed by Virat Kohli’s 235 in 2016 and Vinod Kambli’s 224 in 1993.
#5: Most 100s and 50s
With 5 hundreds, Sir Alastair Cook leads the charts of most hundreds. He is followed by M Azharuddin and Cheteshwar Pujara with 4 hundreds each. Talking about the Fifties, Sunil Gavaskar has 8 to his name. He is followed by ML Jaisimha, KWR Fletcher, and surprisingly R Ashwin with 6 fifties each.
India vs England Bowling Records in Tests in India:
#1: Most Wickets Overall
Team India’s jewel wrist-spinner, BS Chandrasekhar has the most number of wickets with 64 wickets to his name from 23 innings at an average of 24.03. He is followed by another wrist spinner, Anil Kumble with 56 wickets and Derek Underwood with 54 wickets. Among current players, R Ashwin with 42 wickets has a good chance of overtaking these legends.
#2: Most Wickets in a Series
BS Chandrasekhar leads this segment too with 35 wickets to his name from 9 innings during the 1972 series. He is followed by notoriously famous Vinoo Mankad with 34 wickets from 10 innings during the 1951 series and Derek Underwood with 29 wickets from 10 innings during the 1976 series.
#3: Best Bowling Average and Strike Rate (Min 20 wickets)
Talking about bowling average, India’s Vinoo Mankad is first in the list with 34 wickets at an average of 16.79. Hedley Verity is second on the list with an average of 16.82. He is followed by John Lever, who has an average of 19.75. When it comes. To strike rate, Hedley Verity has the Lowest strike rate of 41.1. He is followed by John Lever with a strike rate of 43.1 and Bob Wills with a strike rate of 49.5.
#4: Best Spell (Innings and Match)
The best spell in an innings belongs to India’s Vinoo Mankad, who had a famous spell of 8/55 in 1951/52. BS Chandrashekhar is second on the list with a spell of 8/79. Third, on the list is John Lever with a spell of 7/46. Talking about the best spell in a match, Ian Botham is first on the list with a BBM of 13/106. He is followed by Vinoo Mankad with a spell of 12/108 and R Ashwin with a spell of 12/167.
#5: Most Five-wicket Hauls
When it comes to the most number of 5-wicket hauls, BS Chandrashekhar is first on the list with six 5-wicket hauls to his name. Anil Kumble is second on the list with four 5-wicket hauls to his name. Third, in the list is again India’s R Ashwin with three 5-wicket hauls to his name. R Ashwin has a great chance to going pass both these legends in this series itself.
So, these have been the top records between India vs England for Test matches in India.
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