Review of England-India Tests, 2021-2022 (Pt 2)

Hope you have seen Part 1.

We now continue with individual performances in

Fielding

Most dismissals (20 and above):

Led by Dhoni with 67 and Knott with 54. Dhoni has the most catches by a keeper with 63. The most stumpings are 11 by SMH Kirmani and the most catches by a fielder are 38 by AN Cook and 35 by SM Gavaskar.

Most innings dismissals (5 and above):

Led by RW Taylor whose 7 catches were then a world record (since shared by several others). Yajurvindra Singh has 5 catches as a fielder. This is still a record for a fielder making his debut.

Most match dismissals (7 and above):

Headed by RW Taylor whose 10 catches were then a world record (since surpassed).

The most by a fielder are 7 by Yajurvindra Singh (on debut, still a record) and KL Rahul. RR Pant took 7 catches on his debut in the same test in 2018

Highest dismissal rate (Minimum 20 innings, 0.600):

The highest by a keeper is 2.000 by RR Pant, closely followed by RW Taylor. For fielders it is 1.047 by ED Solkar. Next is KL Rahul with 0.909

All-round performance:

Overall (see criteria in table):

Headed by R Ashwin, followed by Kapil Dev. The best for England is by MM Ali. Among current players, BA Stokes, SCJ Broad and Mohammed Shami are also here.

Match (50+ and 5wi):

Of special note is Botham ‘s performance in 1980. He was the first to score a century and take 10 wickets in a Test. MH Mankad and R Ashwin scored a century and 5wi, while JK Lever and RA Jadeja scored a fifty and 10-for. Lever remains the only one to do this on debut. In recent years we have B Kumar (twice) and HH Pandya.

Notes on winning 4th-innings chases

After the end of the 5th Eng vs Ind Test at Birmingham on Jul 5, 2022:

Highest winning scores in 4th-innings chases (300 and more):

This 378/3 is only the 9th highest 4th-innings chase in all Tests, but the highest by England. England’s previous record was set not long ago, when Stokes and Leach helped them to 362/9 in the 2019 Ashes. India is 3rd on this list with 406/4 against the West Indies in 1976.

On that occasion, India took the record which they held until 2003. The previous record was 404/3 by Australia in the 1948 Ashes. It remains the highest winning chase against England.

That included Bradman’s last century in his penultimate Test innings. His last innings was a duck.

India’s record against England is 387/4 at Chennai in 2008, soon after 26/11.

Highest winning scores in 4th-innings chases in England:

Australia’s 1948 feat of 404/3 is at the top here, and England’s 378/3 is second. Third is the Stokes-and-Leach show of 362/9 in 2019.

India’s best is only 174/6 in 1971, but it was enough to win their first Test in England.

Highest winning scores in 4th-innings chases by England:

Today’s chase is the best by England, surpassing the 362/9 in 2019.

Their previous best against India was 208/4 at Delhi in 1972.

Highest partnerships for Eng vs Ind in Tests:

The unbroken partnership of 269 between Root and Bairstow is the 3rd highest for all wickets in this series, and the highest for the 4th wicket. It surpassed the 266 by Hammond and Worthington in 1936.

Centuries in both innings in Tests between England and India:

Bairstow is the third to achieve this. Nobody from India has done it against England.

Another anniversary-India’s first Test win

Britain is celebrating the 70th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II ascending the throne (on February 6, 1952).

And the first Test won by India also started on the same day. As you can see from the scorecard, the scheduled second day (Feb 7) was made the rest day following the death of King George VI.

https://www.espncricinfo.com/series/england-tour-of-india-1951-52-61800/india-vs-england-5th-test-62729/full-scorecard

Note the contributions of Umrigar (130*) and Mankad (12-108). India’s first Test victory was by an innings. If you look at the English scorecard, it can be inferred that many of the team were in the Test side only because their leading players of that time did not want to tour India.

Notes from the 2nd India-England Test

First, a left-over stat from the 1st Test.

Here we see that JE Root’s 218 was the highest innings score for England in India, surpassing the 207 by MW Gatting in 1984-85 which was also at Madras.

Now for the second Test. We look at India’s highest victories by runs against all teams:

We can see that India’s win by 317 runs in the 2nd Test is their highest winning margin by runs against England. The previous record was by 279 runs at Leeds in 1986. In India it was by 246 runs at Visakhapatnam in 2016-17.

This margin of 317 runs is India’s 5th highest victory against all countries.

We also look at India’s highest defeats by runs against all teams:

In the first Test, England won by 227 runs against India. This is quite far down this list, but was England’s highest victory by runs against India in India. It surpassed the 212-run victory at Mumbai in 2005-06.

Debut innings figures by Indian bowlers:

AR Patel’s 5-60 is 7th on the list, but the 2nd best by a left-arm spinner.(after DR Doshi).

We also look at debut match figures by Indian bowlers:

AR Patel’s 7-100 is again 7th on this list and the second best by a left-arm spinner after DR Doshi.

Best match bowling figures by an Indian player who scored a century in the same Test:

Ashwin has the first 3 of the 5 positions here. His 8-96 is in 2nd place.

Axar (AR) Patel has figured in these columns before:

https://abn397.wordpress.com/2015/08/28/axar-patels-feat-4-wickets-for-none-3/