India v England at Manchester

With a lead of 2-1, India has one more Test to play at Manchester on Sep 10-14.

Manchester and Birmingham are two of the major centres where India has never won a Test.

Manchester was also well-known for rain disruptions. Two Ashes Tests were completely washed out, while India were saved from a likely defeat in 1971 when the entire last day was washed out.

The full record of England vs India Tests at this venue:

England lead 4-0 with 5 draws.

Most runs (150 and above):

Not very meaningful as relatively few matches have been played here. Viswanath seems to be the only batter to have played 3 Tests here. No one has made more than one century here, while Gavaskar is the only one with 3 scores of 50+.

Highest innings (all centuries):

Azharuddin and Hammond have the highest scores here. Other famous names such as Gavaskar, Tendulkar, Atherton, Botham and Hutton all appear here.

Most wickets (8 and above):

Bedser and Trueman lead here. Bedser is the only one with a ten-for as well as two five-fors.

Best innings bowling (including all 6wi):

Trueman has by far the best innings bowling with 8-31. Oddly, Doshi has the best figures for India.

Best match bowling (8wm and above):

Bedser has the best figures of 11-93, having earlier taken 11 wickets against India on his debut at Lord’s. He is the only Test player to take 11 wickets in each of his first two Tests. Trueman was unfortunate not to get a 10-for after taking 8-31. L Amarnath took 8 wickets in his only match there. Bedser’s figures are the best for England against India at home.

Most dismissals (5 and above):

Knott has the most by a keeper, while the lesser-known JT Ikin has the most by a non-keeper.

All-round performance (50+ and 5wi):

Only one such instance, by the lesser-known P Lever in 1971. This came close to being a victory for England, but rain on the last day spoiled this.

One can expect the weather to play a major role in this Test.

India vs England at Lord’s

India’s record at Lord’s is not as good as it is at Nottingham.

Of the 18 Tests played there since 1932, England lead 12-2 with 4 draws.

India won only in 1986 and 2014. In 2014, that was the only Test which they won.

Record of all the results:

This also includes freakish results such as India ‘s 42 all out in 1974, which was their lowest Test score until recently.

India’s performance in their very first Test in 1932 was better than in several of the subsequent Tests at Lord’s.

Highest innings (including all centuries) at this venue:

Here we have the highest score for England against India, as well as the first instance in first-class cricket of a triple century and century in the same test (see Gooch’s 123 in the middle of the above list). Mankad’s 184 remains the highest for India here almost 70 years later.

DB Vengsarkar is the only visiting batsman to score three successive centuries at Lord’s. SC Ganguly’s century was the highest score by anyone making his Test debut here until 2021, when D Conway made 200 for NZ.

Agarkar made his only Test century here. His next highest score was 41. Even so, he succeeded in scoring a century at Lord’s which neither Gavaskar nor Tendulkar could achieve. In fact, Tendulkar did not cross 50 either.

Best innings bowling at this venue (Minimum 5wi):

Bedser’s 7-49 came on his debut. Soon he became the only one to take two successive 11-wicket hauls in his first two Tests. Ishant Sharma recorded India’s best figures in 2014. Further down there is Mankad’s 5-196 to accompany his 184 and 72. CM Old’s 5-21 in 1974 contributed to India’s 42 all out. M Nissar’s 5-93 came on his (and India’s) first Test.

Best match bowling at this venue (Minimum 8wm):

Bedser and Allen lead here, while Kapil Dev has the best for India.

Best innings fielding at this venue (Minimum 4 dismissals):

JT Murray’s 6 dismissals were then a share in the world record for an innings.

Best match fielding at this venue (Minimum 6 dismissals):

However, no one has taken more than 6 dismissals in a match.

All-round performances (50+ and 5wi):

The best performances here are Mankad’s (1952) and and Kapil (1982).

Mankad and Botham are the only players from any country to score 100/5wi at Lord’s.

Note the unheralded B Kumar’s feat in 2014.

After this Test we will look at the additions (if any) to the Indian players on the various Honours Boards at Lord’s. There were no entries in 2018.

Ten wickets on Test debut and never again

(Updated on 15 May 2021):

Some achievements on debut are more difficult than others.

As may as 110 centuries have been scored on debut, as well as 169 five-fors. In a few cases the player has scored two centuries or took two fivers in his debut Test.

But only 16 have taken ten wickets in their first Test:

The last entrant is Praveen Jayawickrama of Sri Lanka, who has played only one Test so far.

But the members of this exclusive club have not been fortunate. A quick overview:

We can see that:

Marriott played only one Test. Newcomer Jayawickrama has also played only one so far.

However, a total of 12 of these 16 never took a ten-for after their debut. The only ones who did so were T Richardson (total 4 times), Grimmett (7), Bedser (5) and Valentine (4)

And 7 of the 16 never even took a five-for after their debut.

Perhaps Jayawickrama will be able to overcome these odds.

Also, JK Lever is the only one to take a ten-for along with a fifty on debut. He never made another fifty, although he did add two five-fors to his 7-49 on debut.

While Ken Farnes did add one five-for to the two he took on debut, he died young in a flying accident during WW2.

Incidentally, Jayawickrama’s 11-178 is the best by a left-arm spinner on debut, surpassing the 11-204 by AL Valentine in 1950.

Review of Tests between England and India, 1932-2021: (Part 2):

Hope you have read Part 1.

We now proceed to individual perfomances in bowling.

Most wickets (35 and above):

Current player JM Anderson leads by a large margin, while his partner SCJ Broad is also close to the top. Ashwin and I Sharma are also in the top half.

The most 5wis are 8 by Chandrasekhar and 6 by Ashwin and Botham.

Innings bowling (all instances of 7wi and above):

This includes 7-46 by JK Lever on debut, while Jadeja’s 7-48 in 2016 is the best in recent years.

Match bowling (all instances of 10wm and above):

The only one with 2 10 wms is AV Bedser, who achieved this in his first two Tests in 1946.

Botham’s 13-114 marked the first instance of a century and 10+ wickets in the same match.

JK Lever’s 10-70 along with 50 on debut remains the only instance of 10wm plus fifty on debut.

AR Patel’s 11-70 is the only one in the a current series, although Ashwin has better figures from 2016.

Bowling averages (Minimum 2000 balls):

The averages are topped by the unexpected Illingworth and JK Lever. Anderson has the best average among current players.

The best economy rates are by Illingworth and Nadkarni.

The best strike rates are by JK Lever and Willis.

Best fielding performances:

Most dismissals (20 and above):

Dhoni has the most dismissals, although Kirmani has the most stumpings and AN Cook the most catches by a non-keeper.

Innings fielding performances (5 and above):

The most dismissals in an innings is 7 by RW Taylor, in the same Test of Botham’s century plus 13w. Yajurvindra Singh has the most by a non-keeper (5) which he made on debut. This remains a share in the world record of 5 catches in an innings, which is now held by several other players including AM Rahane.

Match fielding performances (6 and above):

This record is also held by RW Taylor’s 10 in Botham’s match.

Yajurvidra Singh and KL Rahul have 7 catches by non-keepers, Yajurvindra doing so on debut.

Highest dismissal rates (Minimum 20 innings fielded):

Not surprisingly, this list is headed by RW Taylor and Dhoni. Solkar has the highest by a non-keeper, followed by Dravid.

Bairstow and Buttler represent current players.

Career All-round performance (see criteria below):

Headed by R Ashwin and Kapil Dev. Current players such as MM Ali and BA Stokes are also there.

Match All-Round performance (50 and 5wi):

Includes century +13 wickets (Botham, 1980), century + 5 wickets (Mankad, Ashwin), and fifty + 10 wickets (JK Lever on debut, Jadeja). Also note B Kumar’s 50 + 5wi in successive Tests in 2014.

Ten wickets on Test debut

We have earlier seen that as many as 105 players have scored a century on Test debut. 40 of them never scored a century again, and 19 did not even score a fifty again.

We follow the same theme here with the feat of 10 wickets in the match on debut (Fivers on debut will be dealt with separately).

Ten-wicket hauls on debut are far rarer than centuries on debut-since there are only 15 such instances up to 30 Sep 2019.

10 wm on debut

The column “Inngs” indicates the breakup of wickets in the innings – for example F Martin took 6 wickets in each innings. Clearly it is possible to take 10 wickets with only one fiver, as in the case of Bedser (7 and 4) or Valentine (8 and 3).

Hirwani (16-136) just edged out Massie’s record of 16-137. These remain the best match figures for India and Australia. The only better Test figures are 19-90 by Laker and 17-159 by SF Barnes. The only other 16-wicket haul is by Muralitharan (16-220).

From the last three columns we can see that CS Marriott played only one Test, and Martin, Burke and Krezja only two.

The more durable ones were Bedser (51 Tests), Grimmett (37)  and Valentine (36).

And that 11 of these 15 (i.e. all except Richardson (4), Grimmett (7), Bedser (5) and Valentine (2) ) did not ever take a ten-wicket haul again. They are listed here:

10 wickets on debut and never again

The most durable among these were JK Lever (21 Tests), Hirwani (17) and Farnes (15). Farnes was one of the casualties of WW2. Lever remains the only one to take ten wickets and score a fifty on debut. He did not score a fifty again.

And these 7 players never even took a fiver after their debut:

10 wickets in a match on debut and no fiver again

Massie survived the longest with 6 Tests, followed by Zahid with 5.

Best debut bowling against India

The second Test at Centurion was noted for various things such as silly runouts and young Ngidi’s bowling. Here we look at the best bowling figures on debut against and for India (all figures as of 17 Jan 2018).

Best against India-innings (5wi): 

Debut bowling against India-I

Ngidi is in 5th position here, while his compatriot Klusener leads. That was to remain Klusener’s best in Tests, as in the case of Lever. Krezja’s effort came in a defeat for his team, and he played only one Test after this. Hazlewood is another current player in this list, while B Lee, like Bedser, had a long career.

Bedser and Pollard made their debut together. BR Taylor remains the only one in all Tests to make a century and take a fiver on debut. We will come to Lever’s similar record in a moment.

Best against India-match (7wm):

Debut bowling against India-M

The luckless Krezja tops this table. Bedser is second, and he followed with another 11-wicket haul in his second Test to start a long career for England. His partner Pollard is also here, though he had a relatively short career. Ngidi is relatively lower in this table as he took only one wicket in the first innings.

Hazlewood is the only other current player to appear here. Other famous names include B Lee and Trueman.

In an odd case of symmetry, JK Lever was the only one in all Tests to score a fifty and take a ten-for on debut. India’s S Venkataraghavan was in the Indian team on both occasions.

We also look at the corresponding figures for Indian bowlers on debut.

Best for India-innings (5wi):

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Hirwani steals the show here. He had a slightly better career than RAL Massie, who also took 16 wickets on debut. Ashwin and Shami are in the current team, as is Mishra from recent times. Nissar’s effort came in India’s first-ever Test.

Best for India-match (7wm):

Debut bowling for India-M

Hirwani again leads, with the best match figures in all Tests by a debutant. His 16-136 was just ahead of Massie’s 16-137. Shami, Ashwin and Mishra appear here as well. Doshi and Yadav had moderately successful careers.