Summary of all England-India Tests-Sep 2021 (Pt 2)

Hope you have read Part 1.

Continuing with individual performances in Bowling:

Most wickets (40+):

Anderson has by far the most wickets. However, the most five-fors are by Chandrasekhar (8) followed by Ashwin and Botham with 6. Bedser is the only one with two ten-fors (which came in his first two Tests).

After Anderson and Ashwin, other current players include Broad, Ishant, Moeen and Jadeja.

Best innings bowling (including all case of 7wi or better):

The first few entries are from long ago, though Jadeja, Ishant and Broad are here. Ishant has the best figures for India in England (that too at Lord’s)

Best match bowling (including all cases of 10wm or better):

Interestingly, none of the two leading current Indian players (Ashwin and AR Patel) played in this series. Only Jadeja and Anderson represent the current players.

Best bowling averages (Minimum 2000 balls, maximum 35.00):

The best bowling averages are by Illingworth and Lever who played in relatively less matches. Anderson, Broad and Ashwin have the best averages among current players.

The best economy rates are by Illingworth and Nadkarni (who else?)

The best strike rates are by Lever and Willis.

Now for Fielding:

Most dismissals (30 or more):

Dhoni and Knott lead, although Kirmani has the most stumpings. Cook, Gavaskar and Dravid have the most catches by non-keepers.

Innings dismissals (5 or more):

Taylor and JT Murray lead, with current players Bairstow, Pant and Buttler bringing up the rear.

Yajurvindra has the most catches as a non-keeper, which came on his debut. He is still the only non-keeper to achieve this on debut.

Match dismissals (7 or more):

Led by RW Taylor, whose 10 was a Test record at that time.

There are Buttler (8). Bairstow, Pant and Rahul from among current players. Yajurvindra and Rahul have the best among non-keepers. Yajurvindra and Pant were making their debuts. Yajurvindra’s 7 catches are still the record by a fielder on debut.

Best dismissal rate (Minimum 20 innings, 0.75):

Pant tops this list, with Buttler, Bairstow and Rahul among current players here.

Solkar and Rahul have the best dismissal rates among non-keepers.

Finally, all-round performances:

Overall (see criteria from table):

Ashwin has by far the best record here, with MM Ali and Jadeja the next among current players.

Unexpected names here include Borde and Shami.

Match performances (50 and 5wi):

Many outstanding feats here, notably Botham’s century and 13 wickets in 1980. There are also century/5wis by Mankad and Ashwin, and fifty/10wms by Lever and Jadeja. JK Lever remains the only one to achieve this on debut.

Botham, B Kumar and Ashwin appear here twice.

However, there was no such instance from this series.

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 Leeds

Leeds could well be described as another lucky venue for India. Only 6 Tests have been played between England and India here, and England lead 3-2 with one draw. However England have not won against India here since 1967 and have not avoided defeat since 1979.

Now look at the overall record of India’s victories in England:

India’s highest victories by innings as well as runs have come at Leeds.

Even in the defeat in 1967 (which was the start of a 3-0 sweep), India’s 3rd-innings total of 510 is the highest such score by a losing side.

We now look at the best individual performances at this venue in matches between these teams.

Highest innings (all centuries):

Boycott’s slow 246* led to him being dropped for the next Test.

Tendulkar, Dravid and Ganguly all scored centuries in the same innings in 2002.

Best innings bowling (all 4wi):

The top position is somewhat unexpected.

Also note Trueman’s 4-27 on debut in 1952 which helped in reducing India to 0 for 4 wickets (recovering to 26/5 and then 165).

Best match bowling (all 6wm):

Binny again heads this list, as does Trueman for England.

Best innings fielding (3 or more catches):

Note that several non-keepers took 3 wickets in an innings.

Best match fielding (4 or more catches):

More and Sehwag have the most catches for keepers and non-keepers respectively.

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

No instances.

The bowlers behind the low scores

We have heard a lot about low Test scores in the last few days. Here we list the bowlers who were responsible.

Here we see the Lowest Test scores (40 and below, 8 or more wickets lost):

While the 35/8 in 1953 was not an all-out score, it probably would have been quite low if the match had lasted a few more overs before time ran out. India’s 36 had one batsman retired hurt.

Listing all the bowlers in these innings:

NZ 26 (Tyson 2-10, Statham 3-9, Wardle 1-0, Appleyard 4-7)

SA 30 (1896): (Lohmann 8-7, Bromley-Davenport 1-23, Hayward 1-0)

SA 30 (1924): (AER Gilligan 6-7, M Tate 4-12)

SA 35 (Haigh 6-11, AE Trott 4-19)

Aus 35/8 (Bedser 2-14, Laker 2-11, Wardle 4-7)

Aus 36 (Hirst 3-15, Rhodes 7-17, Braund 0-1)

SA 36 (Nash 4-18, McCabe 1-4, Ironmonger 5-6)

Ind 36 (Starc 0-7, Cummins 4-21, Hazlewood 5-8)

Ire 38 (Broad 4-19, Woakes 6-17)

Note that in some cases only 2 bowlers bowled through the innings.

Now we look at India’s lowest Test scores (75 or less, 8 or more wickets lost):

36 (Starc 0-7, Cummins 4-21, Hazlewood 5-8)

42 (Arnold 4-19, Old 5-21, Hendrick 0-2)

58 (1947) (Lindwall 2-11, Johnston 2-17, Miller 1-26, Toshack 5-2)

58 (1952) (Bedser 2-19, Trueman 8-31, Laker 0-7)

66 (Donald 4-14, SM Pollock 3-25, Klusener 2-16, McMillan 0-9)

67 (Lindwall 1-9, L Johnson 3-8, Loxton 1-10, Johnston 2-15, Ring 3-17)

75 (Patterson 5-24, WW Davis 3-20, W Benjamin 1-17, Walsh 1-13)

As we can see, India had the misfortune to run into the leading attacks of Australia, England and South Africa at various times.

The scores of 36 had the No 11 batsman retired hurt, and the 42 had one batsman absent hurt (though he was also No 11, so it should not have mattered much).

Toshack’s 5-2 is the best analysis by any bowler with 5 or more wickets in an innings. The next best is 6-3 by J Lawson vs Bangladesh in 2002. However, CA Walsh has taken 5-1 in an ODI.

L Johnson (Aus, 1948) was playing in his only Test.

Trueman’s 8-31 came in his 3rd Test and it remained his career-best analysis.