You can see that England’s 81 is their lowest total against India. The previous record was 101 in 1971 where Chandrashekhar took 6-38 to set up India’s first Test win in England.
And their previous lowest total in India was 102 in 1981-82, when Kapil and Madan Lal took fivers in the 4th innings.
Most economical 5-for by a spinner in a Test innings: Root’s 5-8 is in second place after Australia’s Ironmonger if you take the criteria of the least runs conceded in a 5-for:
Only Ironmonger’s 5-6 in 1931-32 has less runs conceded.
Let us also look at the same figure for all captains (regardless of bowling styles):
Here, Root’s innings bowling is second to AER Gilligan’s 6-7. But Gilligan was clearly a medium pacer. The previous record by a captain who was a spin bowler was 5-27 by BS Bedi v NZ in 1976-77. Next is Mushtaq Mohammad with 5-28.
And finally, the Devil makes a comeback here with a score of 66/6:
Though England has also faced 666/6 against India not long ago at Chennai in 2016-17, in KK Nair’s match.
While much has been said about 36 all out in recent days, it should not be forgotten that Indian bowlers have also now become capable of dismissing Test teams for two-digit scores. This did not happen before 1981, and the lowest by anyone against India is 79.
Here we list all Test scores by teams which are 100 or less, and 8 to 10 wickets down.
Note the 80/8 was not an all-out score, but probably would have ended under 100.
We give below details of the Indian bowlers involved, plus other features of interest.
Starting from the top:
SA 79 in 2015-16; I Sharma 0-4, Ashwin 5-32, Jadeja 4-33, A Mishra 1-9