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.