India in England, 2011 August 24, 2011

England streets ahead on all fronts

Madhusudhan Ramakrishnan
A much-anticipated contest between two top teams turned out to be hopelessly one-sided as England overwhelmed India in every department
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India's drastic fall

Before the series started, the contest was expected to be tight with a realistic possibility of India winning their second consecutive series in England. Instead, the series turned out to be one of the most lop-sided in Test history with England trouncing India 4-0. While the margin reflects the gulf in class between the two sides, it does not do complete justice to England's exceptional all-round dominance nor does it completely put India's abysmal show into perspective.

India, who were No.1 before the series started, lost the first two Tests by margins of 196 runs and 319 runs and the next two by an innings making it only the third series against England in which they have lost two or more Tests by an innings. Further evidence of England's superb performance is the fact that all four defeat margins feature in the top sixteen Indian losses since 2000.

England's outstanding display is all the more creditable as they outperformed an Indian batting line-up which was among the best in the business before the start of the series. While India failed to cross 300 in any of their eight innings, England racked up over 500 in three consecutive innings. India's batting failures were harder to fathom since their line-up featured Test cricket's top two run-getters in Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid.

It wasn't just the batting that failed for India. The bowlers struggled for impact and consistency throughout and the England batsmen piled on the runs in every Test. India managed to pick up just 47 wickets while England picked up 80 wickets, bowling India out on every occasion. England's wickets-per-match figure in the series (20) is well above their mark in the Tests preceding the series (15.84). The wickets-per-match figure for India in the series (11.75) is much lower than the corresponding number in the Tests before the series (15.63).

A look at the numbers before the series and during the series clearly outlines England's dominance. Both teams had very similar batting averages in Tests played between the start of 2009 and the beginning of the series while England had a slightly better bowling average. In this series though, the difference between the teams' averages was a massive 34.21 in favour of England.

The two teams before the series (Jan 2009 to start of series) and during the series
Team Period Matches Win/Loss/Draw Batting avg Bowling avg Avg Diff 100/50 Wickets taken
England Before series 32 16/5/11 42.76 31.14 11.62 42/80 507
India Before series 24 12/3/9 43.49 36.54 6.95 38/72 375
England This series 4 4/0/0 59.76 25.55 34.21 7/11 80
India This series 4 0/4/0 25.55 59.76 -34.21 3/9 47

Outclassed with bat and ball


England's 4-0 win is their third whitewash in series of three or more matches since 2000. Their previous such results in the home summer of 2004 when they blanked both West Indies and New Zealand. India, who had won at least one Test in every series since their 1-0 defeat to Pakistan in 2005-06, suffered their first whitewash since the 3-0 drubbing in Australia in 1999-00.

The average difference between the teams in this series (34.21) is the highest among all series whitewashes since 1999-2000. England's average (59.76) is more than double that of India's (25.55) and the ratio of the two averages (2.33) is also the highest among all series whitewashes in the same period. Not only is the run difference of 765 the highest in the table, the 33-wicket difference between the two teams is second only to the 37-wicket difference between Australia and England in the 2006-07 Ashes.

Top whitewashes in terms of average difference since 1999-2000 (3 matches minimum)
Winning team Losing team Year Margin Runs diff Avg diff Avg ratio Wickets diff 50+ scores diff
England India 2011 4-0 765 34.21 2.33 33 6
Australia Pakistan 2004-05 3-0 494 27.69 2.20 23 6
Australia India 1999-00 3-0 606 27.19 2.27 20 7
Australia West Indies 2005-06 3-0 381 26.48 2.11 24 3
Australia England 2006-07 5-0 584 26.42 2.00 37 7
Sri Lanka West Indies 2001-02 3-0 137 24.74 1.91 26 4

Worst loss against England since 1974

England, who have inflicted series whitewashes on 13 occasions (minimum three matches), completed their fourth such series win over India. It is their first whitewash against India since the 3-0 win in the home series in 1974. While the average difference of 48.33 in 1974 and the wickets difference of 38 in 1967 are the highest in India-England series, the corresponding figures in the 2011 series are not too far behind. The 4-0 margin is only the sixth time that India have lost four or more matches in a series with the previous such result coming in the 1991-92 series in Australia. India also suffered innings defeats in two consecutive Tests in a series for the first time since the 1974 series.

England's best series results against India (series of 3 or more matches) in terms of avg diff
Series Result England avg India avg Avg diff Avg ratio Wickets diff
1974 3-0 67.87 19.54 48.33 3.47 35
2011 4-0 59.76 25.55 34.21 2.33 33
1959 5-0 40.60 19.63 20.97 2.06 19
1967 3-0 41.13 22.11 18.98 1.86 38

England's exceptional lower-order batting

England's top-order batsmen did struggle in the first two Tests but were rescued on both occasions by the lower order. While Stuart Broad and Matt Prior shared a superb century stand in the second innings at Lord's, it was Broad and Graeme Swann who took England to a competitive 221 in the second Test after they were perilously placed at 124 for 8. The story of the next three innings was completely the opposite. The lower-order batsmen were hardly required as Ian Bell, Kevin Pietersen and Alastair Cook hit top form. Bell, in particular, was brilliant scoring 159, 34 and 235 in his last three innings. Cook shrugged off a poor start to the series with a mammoth 294 in England's innings-win in Edgbaston. The lower order, however, averaged higher than the top order while also scoring at a higher run-rate.

India, who were extremely disappointing with the bat throughout the series failed to stitch together any substantial stands. They had only two century partnerships in the series while England had ten. The top order averaged just 28.85 with only Dravid demonstrating the right technique and application. India's lower order, in sharp contrast to England's, averaged under 21 and were rolled over far too easily in almost every innings.

Top order and lower order partnership stats for teams in the series
Team Batting posn Average Run-rate 100/50 stands
England Top order (1-6) 57.91 3.50 8/6
India Top order (1-6) 28.85 2.91 2/9
England Lower order (7-10) 65.81 5.25 2/4
India Lower Order (7-10) 20.59 4.13 0/4

In a league of his own

With none of the other Indian batsmen offering a fight, Dravid's superlative batting efforts were solely responsible for reducing the margins of defeat. He scored three centuries for the second time in England becoming only the second visiting batsman after Don Bradman to achieve the feat. During the course of his unbeaten 146 in the final Test, he also became the third Indian batsman after Sunil Gavaskar and Virender Sehwag to carry his bat. Only Tim Bresnan troubled Dravid dismissing him two times while conceding just 44 runs. In 472 balls from James Anderson and Stuart Broad, Dravid was dismissed only three times. The other Indian batsmen, however, have a balls-per-dismissal figure of 46.71 against Anderson and 37.08 against Broad. Dravid's average of 56 and 105 against Anderson and Broad is far ahead of the rest of the top-order batsmen who have corresponding numbers of 25.50 and 13.15.

Rahul Dravid's standout numbers against England pace bowlers
Batsman Bowler Dismissals Average Balls/Dismissal
Rahul Dravid James Anderson 2 56.00 103.50
Rest of the top order James Anderson 14 25.50 46.71
Rahul Dravid Stuart Broad 1 105.00 265.00
Rest of the top order Stuart Broad 13 13.15 37.08
Rahul Dravid Tim Bresnan 2 22.00 55.00
Rest of the top order Tim Bresnan 8 15.87 40.00

Technical frailties exposed

Coming into the series, Anderson had dismissed Tendulkar five times in six matches. He dismissed Tendulkar twice more but Broad was more successful against Tendulkar removing him three times and conceding just 42 runs. Tendulkar, who fell for 91 in the final Test and missed out on his 100th century, had an ordinary series by his standards. His average of 34.12 is his second-lowest in a series of four or more matches. VVS Laxman, who had a forgettable series, struggled against the swing of Anderson and was dismissed four times. Broad also capitalised on Dhoni's poor technique and dismissed him three times caught in the slip cordon. Sehwag's return was also not a happy one as made 0, 0 and 8 in his first three innings losing his wicket twice to Anderson.

Indian batsmen v England fast bowlers
Batsman Bowler Dismissals Average Balls/Dismissal
VVS Laxman James Anderson 4 13.50 28.00
MS Dhoni Stuart Broad 3 7.66 25.00
Suresh Raina James Anderson 3 7.00 23.33
Sachin Tendulkar Stuart Broad 3 14.00 34.66
Gautam Gambhir Stuart Broad 2 13.50 29.00
VVS Laxman Tim Bresnan 2 22.50 35.50
Virender Sehwag James Anderson 2 11.00 6.50
Sachin Tendulkar James Anderson 2 44.00 58.50

Broad's all-round heroics

Broad, who was declared England's player of the series, returned outstanding figures of 25 wickets at an average of 13.84. His average is the sixth-best among fast bowlers who have picked up 15-plus wickets in a series against India. In the second Test, both Broad and Bresnan joined the list of England players with a fifty-plus score and a five-wicket haul in a Test against India. Swann, who wasn't quite at his best in the first three Tests, bowled superbly at The Oval and picked up his 11th five-wicket haul. His average of 40.69 was much better than that of Harbhajan Singh and Amit Mishra who averaged 106.66 and 143.50 respectively.

As another indication of England's all-round dominance, Prior, in the hugely-important role of a wicketkeeper-batsman, comfortably outperformed his counterpart Dhoni. He averaged 67.75 at a run-rate of 5.14 and the confidence in his batting was reflected in his quality keeping. Dhoni, on the other hand had an ordinary series as a wicketkeeper and struggled with the bat averaging 31.42 at a run-rate of 3.25.

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  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on August 25, 2011, 14:24 GMT

    @NKTanwar, so you mean to say we can look forward for a combined #1 for England. These kind of unique stats don't help :)

  • on August 25, 2011, 10:25 GMT

    @NKTanwar : ok ... wht u said is correct... atleast india must play very well to maintain 1st rank in combined Ranking... or else England will get 1st Rank in combined rating also :)

  • on August 25, 2011, 6:03 GMT

    Unless India can learn to bat on English wickets, they will be creamed. The attack will probably more potent, given the shorter version of the game, when they might have to bowl in 2-5 over spells. The probable playing XI could be - Gautam Gambhir, Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Suresh Raina, Praveen Kumar, Munaf Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin and Varun Aaron

  • kesasam on August 25, 2011, 0:19 GMT

    @@@@Sehwagologist@@@@ he is gone crazy...he is repeating the same paragraph on and on. Hope he hasnt sallow something that couldnt digest....Hope u enjoying the indian summer....Good luck and all the best Team England...Sri Lankan fan

  • bumsonseats on August 24, 2011, 22:43 GMT

    im sorry guys but saying india will win the 1 day series, and all the indian world will be happy and make up for the 4 - 0, is a pile of bull. when you think about it it should make u want to be sick. i remember us getting beat in australia 5 - 0 and it hurt by god it hurt. and no amount of winning 1 day internationals could help ( we beat the aussies in the final in 06 1 day finals ) true followers of cricket will understand this, hurt it goes deep and it lasts long. dpk

  • 5wombats on August 24, 2011, 21:41 GMT

    @MiddleStump; nicely put. In all seriousness and trolling aside - I worry. @NKTanwar; nice numbers - but the only ones that matter are 4 and 0.

  • on August 24, 2011, 20:43 GMT

    What an amazing article.

  • on August 24, 2011, 17:25 GMT

    Rana shouldn't be playing test cricket, send him to county cricket in England, R.P Singh is a Ranji level cricketer, not deserved to be in Indian team.

  • on August 24, 2011, 17:20 GMT

    Yeah England players are better than India in batting, bowling, fielding and fitness. But Indian players are richer than England.

  • Malret on August 24, 2011, 16:30 GMT

    Too many old players in the Indian team and the lack of energy was felt throughout the series. Infuse some young blood and get back to winning ways in the next 3-4 years.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on August 25, 2011, 14:24 GMT

    @NKTanwar, so you mean to say we can look forward for a combined #1 for England. These kind of unique stats don't help :)

  • on August 25, 2011, 10:25 GMT

    @NKTanwar : ok ... wht u said is correct... atleast india must play very well to maintain 1st rank in combined Ranking... or else England will get 1st Rank in combined rating also :)

  • on August 25, 2011, 6:03 GMT

    Unless India can learn to bat on English wickets, they will be creamed. The attack will probably more potent, given the shorter version of the game, when they might have to bowl in 2-5 over spells. The probable playing XI could be - Gautam Gambhir, Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Suresh Raina, Praveen Kumar, Munaf Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin and Varun Aaron

  • kesasam on August 25, 2011, 0:19 GMT

    @@@@Sehwagologist@@@@ he is gone crazy...he is repeating the same paragraph on and on. Hope he hasnt sallow something that couldnt digest....Hope u enjoying the indian summer....Good luck and all the best Team England...Sri Lankan fan

  • bumsonseats on August 24, 2011, 22:43 GMT

    im sorry guys but saying india will win the 1 day series, and all the indian world will be happy and make up for the 4 - 0, is a pile of bull. when you think about it it should make u want to be sick. i remember us getting beat in australia 5 - 0 and it hurt by god it hurt. and no amount of winning 1 day internationals could help ( we beat the aussies in the final in 06 1 day finals ) true followers of cricket will understand this, hurt it goes deep and it lasts long. dpk

  • 5wombats on August 24, 2011, 21:41 GMT

    @MiddleStump; nicely put. In all seriousness and trolling aside - I worry. @NKTanwar; nice numbers - but the only ones that matter are 4 and 0.

  • on August 24, 2011, 20:43 GMT

    What an amazing article.

  • on August 24, 2011, 17:25 GMT

    Rana shouldn't be playing test cricket, send him to county cricket in England, R.P Singh is a Ranji level cricketer, not deserved to be in Indian team.

  • on August 24, 2011, 17:20 GMT

    Yeah England players are better than India in batting, bowling, fielding and fitness. But Indian players are richer than England.

  • Malret on August 24, 2011, 16:30 GMT

    Too many old players in the Indian team and the lack of energy was felt throughout the series. Infuse some young blood and get back to winning ways in the next 3-4 years.

  • svsingh on August 24, 2011, 15:49 GMT

    Dravid is the best indian overseas batman ever! He will make runs anywhere, not only dead pitches in india.

  • Sigma-Eleven on August 24, 2011, 15:09 GMT

    See the Combined Ranking below: INDIA is Still #1.

    Test Rankings: Team Ranking Rating ENG 1 125 SA 2 118 IND 3 117 SL 4 108 AUS 5 100 PAK 6 93 WI 7 89 NZ 8 78 ZIM 9 63 BAN 10 8

    ODI Rankings: Team Ranking Rating AUS 1 130 SL 2 119 IND 3 117 SA 4 116 ENG 5 106 PAK 6 100 NZ 7 90 WI 8 78 BAN 9 63 ZIM 10 46

    Overall Rankings (Combination of Test and ODI):

    Team Overall Ranking Combined Rating (Avg of Test and ODI) IND 1 117 SA 1 117 ENG 3 115.5 AUS 4 115 SL 5 113.5 PAK 6 96.5 NZ 7 84 WI 8 83.5 ZIM 9 54.5 BAN 10 35.5

  • zico123 on August 24, 2011, 15:08 GMT

    Dhoni should take break from IPL and CL, atleast he should give up captaincy and wicket keeping in IPL and CL

  • zico123 on August 24, 2011, 15:07 GMT

    There ought to be superior remuneration or compensation for Test cricketers compared to IPL or CL, if India wants to produce great young test players, otherwise all we would get is good young T20 players

  • zico123 on August 24, 2011, 15:07 GMT

    india lost badly beause of injury and fatigue inflicted by IPL, which caused most of our players to skip WI tour and so come Eng tour we were under prepared, it is too much cricket which is affecting quality. get rid of IPL and CL, india would go back on top again. our big 3 is stil lthe best. if BCCI gives so much money and importance to IPL india would never produce great young test players, all we would get is good young T20 players

  • on August 24, 2011, 14:46 GMT

    No team can taste glory consistently , up and falls may come but team india has got a huge potential than any other team ....for sure it will come with colourful by the end of series .... it will end up ODI series with 3-2 victory against England

  • MiddleStump on August 24, 2011, 14:35 GMT

    Statistics capture the past but they often provide a glimpse into the future. In some cases statistics offer some consolation to the losing side in terms of a better future. Not so for India this time. India tried 16 players this series and 1906 runs were scored with the bat, rest being extras. But Dravid and Tendulkar scored 734 of those runs or 38.5%. The remaining 14 players who are all younger to the two greats could only contribute 61%. Given that both the top run scorers are past 38, the future looks dismal from the batting perspective. As far as the bowling is concerned, one does not even need to look at the statistics to see how completely impotent the bowling attack is. The mere sight of Dhoni bowling to get top England batsmen out, Raina contributing more as a specialist spinner than with the bat, and Mishra making a name for himself as a night watchman after being selected as India's best leggie sums it all up.

  • 5wombats on August 24, 2011, 13:05 GMT

    Good stats! @Front-Foot-Lunge; - agreed - nothing can mask the vast gulf between these teams. No excuses should be offered or accepted. If you do the traditional "who would get into a composite team made up of England & India players" analysis only Dravid would get into that team - and he at the expense of Morgan. The rest of that composite team would England, and by a country mile. This doesn't make me feel good. India were supposed to be the top Test team in the world - the team who gave SA a good game in their own back yard recently. Is England really a good team? - or have Test standards fallen around the world - because if India really are a good team - then how good does that make England? India's attitude here really didn't help - I just don't think they could be bothered, as a result it's very hard to tell just how "good" they are. Time will tell.

  • WTEH on August 24, 2011, 12:42 GMT

    These stats look like school boy team played against a professional team. Well that's how the matches looked like too.

  • on August 24, 2011, 12:13 GMT

    U missed RAINA VS SWANN

  • bumsonseats on August 24, 2011, 12:11 GMT

    if its the india who played in england i expect aus to win at least 2 tests. but when aus are playing with confidence, they could be all over them beat them 4 - 0.dpk

  • on August 24, 2011, 8:00 GMT

    India, you have a lot to learn, quite shocking really. You drew against South Africa and Sri Lanka, won against Australia. It could be Australian win 4-0. Unless India get back to their winning ways it could be 2-2.

  • ansram on August 24, 2011, 7:28 GMT

    Dhoni's average of 31.42 at a run-rate of 3.25 is not bad for a wk. But his two scores of 70+ were of no consequence. Had Dhoni made it count on the last day at Lord's or the first innings of the second test or the second innings of the fourth test, the same averages would have saved India tests. He flopped whenever it mattered. Two draws were there for the taking for India if only a couple more bastmen would put a price on their wickets. ( at Lord's and Oval)

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on August 24, 2011, 6:53 GMT

    Stats don't lie and they say what both Indian and England fans agree on : England are far better than India in batting, bowling, fielding and fitness. India ran out of excuses a long time ago. England are clearly the better team. And the New World Number 1!

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  • Front-Foot-Lunge on August 24, 2011, 6:53 GMT

    Stats don't lie and they say what both Indian and England fans agree on : England are far better than India in batting, bowling, fielding and fitness. India ran out of excuses a long time ago. England are clearly the better team. And the New World Number 1!

  • ansram on August 24, 2011, 7:28 GMT

    Dhoni's average of 31.42 at a run-rate of 3.25 is not bad for a wk. But his two scores of 70+ were of no consequence. Had Dhoni made it count on the last day at Lord's or the first innings of the second test or the second innings of the fourth test, the same averages would have saved India tests. He flopped whenever it mattered. Two draws were there for the taking for India if only a couple more bastmen would put a price on their wickets. ( at Lord's and Oval)

  • on August 24, 2011, 8:00 GMT

    India, you have a lot to learn, quite shocking really. You drew against South Africa and Sri Lanka, won against Australia. It could be Australian win 4-0. Unless India get back to their winning ways it could be 2-2.

  • bumsonseats on August 24, 2011, 12:11 GMT

    if its the india who played in england i expect aus to win at least 2 tests. but when aus are playing with confidence, they could be all over them beat them 4 - 0.dpk

  • on August 24, 2011, 12:13 GMT

    U missed RAINA VS SWANN

  • WTEH on August 24, 2011, 12:42 GMT

    These stats look like school boy team played against a professional team. Well that's how the matches looked like too.

  • 5wombats on August 24, 2011, 13:05 GMT

    Good stats! @Front-Foot-Lunge; - agreed - nothing can mask the vast gulf between these teams. No excuses should be offered or accepted. If you do the traditional "who would get into a composite team made up of England & India players" analysis only Dravid would get into that team - and he at the expense of Morgan. The rest of that composite team would England, and by a country mile. This doesn't make me feel good. India were supposed to be the top Test team in the world - the team who gave SA a good game in their own back yard recently. Is England really a good team? - or have Test standards fallen around the world - because if India really are a good team - then how good does that make England? India's attitude here really didn't help - I just don't think they could be bothered, as a result it's very hard to tell just how "good" they are. Time will tell.

  • MiddleStump on August 24, 2011, 14:35 GMT

    Statistics capture the past but they often provide a glimpse into the future. In some cases statistics offer some consolation to the losing side in terms of a better future. Not so for India this time. India tried 16 players this series and 1906 runs were scored with the bat, rest being extras. But Dravid and Tendulkar scored 734 of those runs or 38.5%. The remaining 14 players who are all younger to the two greats could only contribute 61%. Given that both the top run scorers are past 38, the future looks dismal from the batting perspective. As far as the bowling is concerned, one does not even need to look at the statistics to see how completely impotent the bowling attack is. The mere sight of Dhoni bowling to get top England batsmen out, Raina contributing more as a specialist spinner than with the bat, and Mishra making a name for himself as a night watchman after being selected as India's best leggie sums it all up.

  • on August 24, 2011, 14:46 GMT

    No team can taste glory consistently , up and falls may come but team india has got a huge potential than any other team ....for sure it will come with colourful by the end of series .... it will end up ODI series with 3-2 victory against England

  • zico123 on August 24, 2011, 15:07 GMT

    india lost badly beause of injury and fatigue inflicted by IPL, which caused most of our players to skip WI tour and so come Eng tour we were under prepared, it is too much cricket which is affecting quality. get rid of IPL and CL, india would go back on top again. our big 3 is stil lthe best. if BCCI gives so much money and importance to IPL india would never produce great young test players, all we would get is good young T20 players