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.
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:
Before we get into bowling records in England-Pakistan Tests, we note the achievement of JM Anderson who became the first pace bowler to reach 600 wickets. Comparing with others who have crossed 500 wickets:
Here we have disregarded the ICC XI vs Aus Test, so the figures for Murali and Warne are less than what you will see in some sources.
Note that Broad with 514 has some chance of crossing 600.
Continuing with the main Bowling records:
Most wickets (25 or more):
Anderson and Broad follow Abdul Qadir, and may cross his record. Yasir Shah and Mohammad Amir are a little below.
Qadir has the most 5wi (8) as well as the most 10wm (4). No one else has more than one 10wm. Imran and Underwood have 4 5wis.
Best innings bowling (includes all cases of 7wi):
Qadir is the only one with 9wi. Botham’s 8-34 came along with a century.
Anderson also appears here.
Best match bowling (includes all cases of 10wm):
This time Underwood has the best figures followed by Qadir. Anderson, Woakes and Yasir Shah are also here.
Best bowling average (minimum 2000 balls, all cases):
Anderson leads this table with Broad somewhat below.
Mohammad Amir and Yasir Shah are also here.
The best economy rates are by Iqbal Qasim and DA Allen.
The best strike rates are by Waqar Younis and Anderson.
Now for fielding records:
Most dismissals (20 or more):
Led by Wasim Bari and followed by Kamran Akmal.
Wasim Bari and Sarfaraz Ahmed have the most stumpings (4).
Root has the most catches by a non-keeper (22) although 3 others have 20.
Most dismissals in an innings (5 or more):
A few non-keepers have 4 catches in an innings.
Most dismissals in an match (7 or more):
Bari and Akmal again lead this. The best by non-keepers are 6 by Greig and Hick.
England won the series 1-0 with 2 rain-ruined draws.
This was their first series win against Pakistan since 2010. A summary of series since then:
2010: Eng won 3-1
2011-12: Pak won 3-0 in UAE
2015-16: Pak won 2-0 in UAE
2016: Drawn 1-1
2018: Drawn 1-1
2020: Eng won 1-0
Here is a summary of all Tests between these teams:
And this was the WTC points table after the series:
We now look at individual records, starting with
Most runs (1000 or more):
Root and Azhar are the only current players here, while recent retiree Cook heads the table.
Mohammad Yousuf has the most centuries (6), followed by Cook and Inzamam with 5.
Inzamam has the most 50+ scores with 15, followed by Mushtaq Mohammad with 14.
Highest innings scores (175 and above):
The only such instance in this series was 267 by Crawley, which was his maiden century. It is the second highest for Eng vs Pak, after Compton’s 278 in 1954.
It ranks high among the highest maiden centuries:
It is 7th on the all-time list and second for England, surpassed only by RE Foster’s 287 in 1903-04.
Then we come to Highest batting averages (Minimum 20 innings, all cases):
Among current and near-current players we have Root near the top, followed by Cook, Asad Shafiq, and Azhar Ali. Even Anderson finds a place here.
Finally, there are Highest strike rates (Minimum 1000 balls, all cases):
Some of the earlier players do not have full data for balls played. But there is no dispute about Pietersen’s position here, followed by Root and Inzamam. Asad Shafiq and Bairstow are next among current players.
I normally do not cover partnerships, but this time 5th wicket partnerships are covered:
Highest 5th wicket partnerships (250 and above):
The 5th wicket partnership of Buttler and Crawley (359) in the 3rd Test was the highest by England against all teams, surpassing the 254 by Fletcher and Greig in 1972-73. It is also the 5th in 5th-wicket partnerships in all Tests.
England won the series 3-1, after losing the first Test.
This gives us the following summary of Tests between the two teams:
We see that England leads 64-34 overall and 34-20 in SA. Remember that SA was a rather weak team in the initial years (when they, England and Australia were the only Test teams).
Since SA’s re-admission in 1991, England’s lead has shrunk to 18-16, with 9-7 in SA.
Coming to the World Test Championship, SA got 30 points from the first Test and England 90 from the next three. However, SA were found to have bowled 3 overs short in the 4th Test and lost 6 points. So the final result was:
This was the first time a team in this WTC series has been docked points for a slow over rate.
England is still a distant third after India and Australia. SA continue in 7th place.
Next we come to individual performances, starting with
Most runs (1000 or more):
Also note that Kallis has the most centuries (8) followed by several with 7.The most 50+ scores are by B Mitchell (23) and HW Taylor and WR Hammond with 20.
Old-timers Mitchell and Taylor have the most runs. From the current series, there is only Root (1164) and Stokes (1028). From recent times there are also Amla (1903) and Cook (1263).
Highest individual scores (175 and above):
Here the top scorers Amla and Smith are from recent times.
This was a low-scoring series with no scores above 175. The highest in recent years was 258 by Stokes in 2015-16 followed by 201 by Amla in the same series.
Highest batting average (Min 20 innings, 45.00):
Led by Hammond and Hobbs from long ago. We see Root and Stokes have the highest averages among current players, besides Amla from the recent past.
Newcomer Oliver Pope was Player of the Match. He became one of the few to score a century and take 6 or more catches as a non-keeper:
You can see that the performances of Woolley, Hayden and Kallis were the best here.
Also see what Ben Stokes did in the previous Test (100 runs/3 wickets/6 catches):
Joe Root had never taken more than 2 wickets in an innings until this Test. He did improve upon this, but suffered the indignity of conceding the most runs in an over. He got a share in this negative record:
His best innings bowling analysis “improved” from 2-9 to 4-87.
Dane Paterson scored 39* at No 11 on debut, which is the fourth highest such score:
The previous highest by a South African No 11 on debut was 22* by PW Sherwell back in January 1906. Unlike in this Test, this score helped SA to win by one wicket. Sherwell was captaining AND keeping on his debut.
New Zealand won the 2-Test series 1-0. as they had in 2017-2018. This series was not part of the World Test Championship.
The overall summary of Tests between these countries:
New Zealand is slowly beginning to show better performances at home.
Looking at individual performances:
Most Runs (1000 and above):
MD Crowe has the most centuries (5) while several others have 4. The most scores of 50+ are 11 by JG Wright while several other have 10. R Taylor (1145) has the most runs among current players.
Highest innings (150 and above):
Root and Watling scored double centuries in this series.
Best batting average (Min 20 innings, all instances):
Cowdrey has the highest average here. Root and Taylor have the highest averages among current players. Williamson has not played enough against England.
Best strike rate (Min 1000 balls faced, 45.00):
McCullum leads by a large margin. Taylor, Root and Watling represent current players.
Most wickets (25 and more):
Sir Richard leads by a large margin, although current player Broad is next. Southee, Boult and Wagner are also moving up.
Best innings bowling (includes all instances of 7wi):
No instances from the last few years.
Best match bowling (includes all instances of 10wm):
Note the duopoly at the top from Underwood and Lock who have the 5 best performances. Nothing from recent years.
Best bowling average (Min 2000 balls bowled, all instances):
Underwood and Willis have the best bowling averages, Underwood and Illingworth the best economy while Underwood and Anderson have the best strike rates. Boult and Wagner have the best averages among current players.
Here we look at individual batting performances for the calendar year 2017.
Most runs (750 and above):
SPD Smith and five others crossed 1000. Smith had the most centuries (6) followed by Elgar and Kohli with 5.
Smith also had 9 scores of 50-plus, which was attained by several others. But it is his Ashes counterpart Root who has 10 such scores. KL Rahul (who scored less than 750 runs and does not appear above) had 9 scores of 50+ with a top score of 90. You can also see Dickwella who failed to convert any of his 6 fifties.
Also Elgar has the most 4s (43) and Warner and Mushfiqur the most 6s (7) in the above table. A closer look shows that de Grandhomme (15) actually had the most 6s though he scored only 293 runs.
Highest individual innings (150 and above):
The highest score was 244* by AN Cook practically at the end of the year, while he and Kohli also made 243. Cook’s 244* is the first Test score at that number (though Bradman was once dismissed on 244). This 244* is also the highest score by anyone carrying his bat through an innings, surpassing GM Turner’s 223* in 1972.
Kohli has three double centuries while Elgar joined the somewhat exclusive 199 club.
Highest batting averages (Minimum 20 innings, all instances):
Although Pujara and Kohli scored over 1000 runs they batted in less than 20 innings, so they do not appear here. So we have SPD Smith heading this table with Elgar a distant second.
Highest strike rates (Minimum 1000 balls faced, 50.00 and above):
Here we have Kohli closely followed by Dickwella, with Smith considerably behind.
Two centuries in a match:
Only one instance. They were Hope’s maiden centuries, and enabled the West Indies to win a Test in England for the first time since 2000.