Here we see the table of those who scored the most centuries in the first innings:
Ponting (21) is followed by Kallis and Tendulkar with 20. Next are the two Steves, Smith and Waugh with 17. From India, others with 10+ centuries are Dravid (15), Gavaskar (11), Pujara (10) and Sehwag (10).
Current players with 10+ centuries are SPD Smith (17) and Pujara (10).
Those who loved the first innings:
JM Bairstow (Eng) made all his 6 centuries in the first innings.
AF Rae (WI) and Wasim Raja (Pak) made all 4 of their centuries in the first innings.
Also note SP Fleming (NZ) who made 8 of his 9 centuries in the first innings. And KC Wessels (Aus/SA) made 5 of his 6 centuries in the first innings.
Those who hated the first innings:
Taufeeq Umar (Pak) made 7 centuries but none in the first innings.
WW Armstrong (Aus) similarly had 6 centuries, and MG Burgess (NZ) had 5.
The fourth-innings chase is often regarded as the ultimate challenge for a batter. Let us see who have done the best in successful chases.
Most runs: (400+):
GC Smith is the clear leader here. He also has the most centuries (4) and most 50+ scores (10, followed by contemporaries Hayden, Ponting and JL Langer with 7). Also note CG Greenidge’s 214*.
Tendulkar, Dravid and Sehwag have the most runs for India.
Williamson and Karunaratne are the only current players here, with Amla, Cook and Younis from recent years.
Bradman is not here (but when he batted, a fourth innings chase was often not needed by Australia).
Highest scores in these cases (115 and above):
A total of 76 centuries have been scored here.
Only two double centuries, with KR Mayers scoring his on debut. The next highest in recent years was 153* by K Perera in 2019. There are Morris and Bradman in the same Test at Leeds in 1948, which was the only successful 400+ chase until India followed in 1976. (Years later, MA Butcher emulated Bradman’s 173* at Leeds).
The highest from India are not in the above list.
Viswanath (112) and Gavaskar (102) made their centuries in the same match in 1976, while Tendulkar and Laxman have made 103*.
Highest averages (Minimum 15 innings):
These 21 entries are the only ones with 15 or more innings. GC Smith leads here as well, with Ponting close behind.
From the recent past there are Cook and Amla. Tendulkar, Dravid and Sehwag represent India.
Kisrsten and Dravid are among those who did not score a century, although Hutton has a 98*.
We will take up bowling in 4th-innings wins in the next part.
At the time of writing, we can say that England and India played a 4-Test series which India won 2-1. The fate of the 5th Test will be decided later. Perhaps an one-off Test at Manchester sometime in 2022.
Anyway, we look at the summary of all England-India Tests until now.
130 Tests have been played between these teams.England lead 49-31 with 50 draws.
In 66 Tests in England, England lead 35-9 with 22 draws.
In 64 Tests in India, India lead 22-14 with 28 draws.
India’s series victories in England were:
1971: 1 W, 2 D
1986: 2 W, 1 D
2007: 1 W, 2 D
2021: 2 W, 1 L, 1 D
One may argue that the 1986 team did the best.
So far, India has never won a Test at Manchester, Birmingham and Southampton.
Batting: Most runs (1000+):
Root is close to catching up with the top 3. Kohli and Pujara are the other current players here.
Root has the most centuries (8) while Tendulkar, Cook and Dravid have 7 apiece.
For 50+ scores, Tendulkar and Gavaskar have 20 apiece and Root has 18.
Highest innings (175+):
This series was relatively low-scoring with Root’s 180* being the highest, though he had made 218 earlier in 2021. Kohli and Pujara have earlier made double centuries.
Highest averages (Minimum 20innings, 35.00):
Barrington is followed by Dravid and Root. Kohli, Pujara and Rahul are further down. Gavaskar’s average is surprisingly low.
BestStrike rates (Minimum 1000 balls, 45.00)
Kapil and Sehwag have the highest strike rates, as one would expect. Buttler and Ashwin (!) have the highest among current players. Next are Root, Jadeja and Rahul
With this 2-1 victory, India continued its dominance of bilateral ODI series against Sri Lanka. The last such series in Sri Lanka in Aug 2017 was a 5-0 win by India (with similar results in Tests and T20Is).
Sri Lanka has never won an ODI bilateral series in India.
Overall summary of results:
Trivia note: the first ODI between these teams was won by Sri Lanka in the 1979 World Cup.
1000 and more runs:
Also see that the most centuries are 8 each by Kohli and Tendulkar, and the most 50+ scores are 25 by Tendulkar and 24 by Sangakkara.
The highest total by those who played in this series is 1111 by Dhawan, although Kohli has the most by current players.
Highest innings (120 and more):
While the world record of 264 remains with RG Sharma, there is no other century in this series.
Batting averages (Min 20 innings and 25.00):
Kohli is second here followed by other current players such as Mathews and RG Sharma. But no one who played in this series is here.
Strike rates (Minimum 500 balls faced, 75.00):
S Dhawan is second on this list, and is the only one here who played in the current series. RG Sharma and Kohli follow him.
Most wickets (20 and above):
The only one with two five-fors is RR Singh. The only only one with 4 four-fors is BAW Mendis. I. Sharma is among those with 3.
The only one on this list who played in the current series is B Kumar at the bottom.
Best innings bowling (including all 5wi and above):
No such instance from this series, although Bumrah and B Kumar are there from earlier series.
Bowling averages (Minimum 1000 balls bowled, all instances):
Among current and near-current players, there are Mathews, T Perera and R Jadeja.
The best averages are by Agarkar and BAW Mendis.
The best economy rates are by Kapil and Harbhajan.
The best strike rates are by Agarkar and I Sharma.
Most dismissals (15 and above):
Dhoni has the most catches and stumpings. The most catches by a non-keeper are by M Jayawardene.
Most dismissals in innings (4 and above):
Dhoni is the only one with 5 dismissals, while M Kaif is the only non-keeper with 4 catches. Saha is the only other keeper from recent times.
Best dismissal rate (minimum 20 innings, 0.400)
Dhoni again leads here, while Kohli has the best among current players.
Overall (see criteria in table):
Somewhat unexpectedly, Mathews and IK Pathan turn out to be the best all-rounders here.
Match (30 runs and 3 wickets):
The best performances here are by Ganguly, RR Singh, Thushara and Prabhakar.
Here we look at statistical summaries of all Tests between these countries.
While Australia still leads by a healthy 43-30, India has also developed a strong home advantage over the last few decades.
We now look at individual performances.
Batting-most runs (750+):
The most centuries in these Tests is 11 by Tendulkar, followed by Ponting, Smith and Gavaskar with 8 apiece.
The most scores of 50+ is 27 by Tendulkar, 20 by Ponting and 18 by VVS Laxman.
The total runs are also in the same order. Pujara and Smith have the most runs by current players.
Next we look at highest innings (175+):
While there have been many tall scores over the years, this was a low-scoring series. The highest score by current players is 204 by Pujara in 2012-13. Next is 202 and 193 (both by Pujara!). Kohli’s highest is 169 which does not appear above.
Smith is followed by Boon and there is a large gap after that. Tendulkar has the highest average among Indian players. Pujara has the highest average among current Indian players, followed by Kohli and Rahane.
Highest strike rates (Min 1000 balls, 50.00):
Gilchrist is just ahead of Sehwag, and there is a long gap ahead of Warner. Other current players here are Smith, Kohli and Rahane. As you may expect, Pujara and Gavaskar are not in this list.
New Zealand won the series 3-0, the first such whitewash for India in ODIs for a long time.
We start with a listing of match results since the beginning of 2019:
India did win 4-1 in New Zealand just over a year ago. Then they lost to them in the World cup semi-final, and then the 3 matches in Feb 2020.
Here is the overall record of ODIs between these teams:
India still has an overall lead of 55-49 and 26-8 at home, while NZ leads 25-14 at home and marginally leads 16-15 at neutral venues. Certainly a strong home advantage on both sides. But India had won there in 2019.
Now for individual records, starting with
Most runs (750 and above):
Taylor and Kohli are now in 2nd and 3rd place, though well below the first-placed Tendulkar. Williamson and Guptill are the other current players here.
Sehwag has the most centuries (6) followed by Tendulkar, Kohli and Astle with 5 apiece. The most scores of 50+ are 13 by Kohli and Tendulkar, followed by 11 by R Taylor.
Highest innings (110 and above):
Tendulkar has the two highest scores made a decade apart. Kohli’s 154* is the highest score by current players. But this series had fewer large individual scores, the highest being 112 by KL Rahul.
Highest batting averages (Min 20 innings, 30.00):
Kohli has the highest average here, with Dhoni (?) and Taylor the next highest among current players. Williamson and Rohit Sharma are also here.