India v England, 3rd Test, Kolkata, 2012

India's dominance at home ends

Stats highlights from England's seven-wicket win at Eden Gardens

Madhusudhan Ramakrishnan

December 8, 2012

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England got rid of Ishant Sharma after a 38-run ninth-wicket partnership, India v England, 3rd Test, Kolkata, 4th day, December 8, 2012
England won two Tests in India for the first time since the 1984-85 series © BCCI
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England completed the formalities on day five after a minor hiccup. Here are the numbers from the seven-wicket win that puts the visitors ahead 2-1 in the four-match series.

  • India's defeat is their 11th in home Tests since 2000 and their third loss against England at home in the same period. India managed to avoid an innings defeat which would have been their third at home since 2000. The two innings losses came against South Africa in Ahmedabad (2008) and Nagpur (2010). India also went on to lose two consecutive Tests at home for the first time since the defeats against South Africa in Mumbai and Bangalore in 2000. In their last seven Tests against England, India have won one and lost six.

  • England have won two Tests in India for the first time since the 1984-85 series which they won 2-1. In their last four series (prior to this one), England won one Test and lost six. It is also England's first Test win at Eden Gardens since their win in 1976-77. India lost their first Test at the venue since the 46-run loss to Pakistan in 1999.

  • This is the ninth successful chase that England have pulled off in Tests in India. The previous time England chased successfully in the fourth innings in Kolkata was in 1977 when they won by ten wickets.

  • From a total of 86 for no loss at lunch, India collapsed to 122 for 6. The number of runs added for wickets 2 to 6 (36 runs) is the fifth-lowest for India in home Tests. The lowest ever is 17 runs against England in Chennai in 1976-77.

  • Virender Sehwag once again failed to make a big score in the second innings. In 75 innings (second innings only), Sehwag averages just 30.41 with one century and 14 fifties. In contrast, in the first innings, Sehwag averages 70 with 22 centuries and 18 fifties. In 16 matches against England, Sehwag has scored 821 runs at an average of just 30.40 with two centuries and four fifties.

  • R Ashwin's 91 is the seventh-highest score by an India No.8 batsman in Tests against England (overall) and the fourth-highest in home Tests against England. It is also his second-highest score after the 103 against West Indies in Mumbai in 2011. Ashwin also became the sixth Indian batsman (first against England) to remain not out in the nineties.

  • The 50-run stand between Ashwin and Pragyan Ojha is the fifth-highest last-wicket stand for India against England. It is also the second-highest tenth-wicket stand in Tests at Eden Gardens after the 51-run partnership between Bhagwat Chandrasekhar and Bapu Nadkarni in 1964.

  • Graeme Swann became the highest wicket-taker in 2012 when he dismissed Sachin Tendulkar. Swann now has 56 wickets in 13 Tests at an average of 30.17 with three five-wicket hauls. Swann also dismissed Sehwag for the fifth time (the most times by a spinner). Among active bowlers, Dale Steyn and Ben Hilfenhaus have dismissed Sehwag more often (seven and six times respectively).

  • MS Dhoni became the tenth wicketkeeper to take 200-plus catches in Tests. He is now level ninth with Wasim Bari on 201 catches. With 232 total dismissals, Dhoni is eighth on the list of wicketkeepers with the most Test dismissals.

Madhusudhan Ramakrishnan is a sub-editor (stats) at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by CricketingStargazer on (December 11, 2012, 8:48 GMT)

@Arpen Tucker this was why I was surprised that Duncan Fletcher became coach. His methods revolve around discipline, hard work and system, which I could never see working with India. However, it is also true that he took over a side in decline, with problems that will take several years to fix, as was the case when he took over England. Then the situation on really started to look up when Nasser Hussain was replaced by Michael Vaughan and England went from being harder to beat (although still getting ritual Ashes hammerings) to being a real winning side. The captain-coach relationship is critical and MS Dhoni is in the Hussain phase right now, where he is no longer a long-term option and the only questions are who will replace him and when.

Posted by CricketingStargazer on (December 11, 2012, 8:22 GMT)

@Lmaotsetung Glad to hear that England v India is going back to a 5 Test format. It was about time. I was surprised that that bookies had India hot favourites to win the Kolkata Test, today I see that they are warm favourites to win in Nagpur too: win the toss, win the Test, it seems.

Posted by sawifan on (December 11, 2012, 8:15 GMT)

@Ahmad Uetian... judging by your comments, you have never stepped foot near a bat, and ball, or some stumps, let alone played a game. 2 carrom balls an over to keep them guessing?! Spinners bowl their variations 'less' to keep batsmen guessing. Also, a lot of comments here showing that its not only the Indian team that are in denial, but many, many fans still cant face the truths being shown here.

Posted by Shan156 on (December 10, 2012, 23:14 GMT)

@rayfanatics, yes, England are most definitely not a great side but to say that we won only because the Indian side is ageing is silly, IMHO. In that case, we could also say that SA beat us only because we had tensions in the dressing room due to the KP fiasco or something silly like that. SA beat us because they were the better side. We beat India in 2 tests because we were the better side. Simple as that.

Posted by Shan156 on (December 10, 2012, 23:10 GMT)

@WickyRoy.paklover, uh, challenging the Saffas? Forget about it, buddy. India will hammer Pakistan in India and so will England in England. First, you have to win at least 1 series away from the UAE against Aus/Eng/Ind/SL, even WI/NZ, before you can start to think of challengint the Saffas. Whitewashing an England team in UAE is just the beginning. You have to win series away from your comfort zone too. The ICC test rankings correctly reflect the status of the teams. SA > Eng > Aus > Pakistan > India > SL.

Posted by Optimistix on (December 10, 2012, 18:39 GMT)

My fears of a return to the Azhar-Wadekar era were unfounded - in fact, the Indian cricket team has taken remarkably little time to get back to having a nearly balanced record home and away.

Kudos to England, though!

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 17:00 GMT)

The issue with the Indian team is the players egos are so big they don't like to be to be guided on how to adapt their game. Duncan Fletcher is supposed to be a world class coach but since he has taken over he hasnt been able to stamp any type of authority on the team. Our results under him have been woeful. Contrast this to Kirsten who took us to number 1 in both forms and won us a World Cup by injecting some self belief in the team and allowing them to express their own style. Something which I dont believe Fletcher does. His methods are more methodical and drilled - something which Indian players dont take to!

Also, one of the biggest issues this last 12-36 months is the transition of the team from having established world class players like Ganguly, Dravid, Laxman and Kumble retire. At some point this had to have a knock on effect as it did to the great West Indian sides and recently the Aussies (who are now starting to adapt). The new generation need to stand up quick

Posted by Dev_K on (December 10, 2012, 11:36 GMT)

Well glad India is losing. I am an Indian through and through. Maybe this time we will kick the sport out of our collective mania. Time to focus on other sports. Though it is not UK's fault cricket is kind of like China's opium wars, we addicted ourselves to it, time to get out of it.

Posted by vrn59 on (December 10, 2012, 11:15 GMT)

Absolutely disgusting! There is no excuse for this. Players like Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag and Virat Kohli have criticized foreign pitches and conditions on numerous occasions and have guaranteed revenge at home. They have been beaten hollow in all three aspects of the game. They look to be the poorest fielding side in Test cricket at the moment. The lead fast bowler Zaheer Khan has been dropped, the second seamer Ishant Sharma is terrible and the lead spinner R Ashwin is bowling in one-day mode and seems to be in the team for his batting. The captain MS Dhoni is too incompetent to play the long form of the game, Sachin Tendulkar is woefully out of form and apart from Cheteshwar Pujara and Pragyan Ojha, the whole Indian side looks Bangladesh-esque. England, on the other hand, with Cook, Pietersen, Prior, Swann, Panesar, Anderson and Finn look the real deal ... they deserve to win this series against an opposition that has serious issues.

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 10:05 GMT)

What Eng did right & Ind didn't..1st of all accept that all English bowlers r superior to their Indian counterparts: Their avg pace 140 kph (and of INdians 130 kph), they got more swing, more turn on same pitches, they bowled more % of deliveries aiming stumps, they bowled cross seam to bring natural variation ...Now the solution part 1). Ashwin must bowl from around the wicket to bring lbw into equation & should ball at least 2 carrom balls per over to put doubt in batsman's mind. 2). All Indian bowlers must aim 80 % deliveries at stumps with leg side attacking fields 3). All Indian bowlers must also bowl cross seam to bring natural variation esp against set batsmen. 3). All Indian Batsmen esp Tendulkar must play with open face & slash the ball on off side like Sehwag does as it chops the ball & ball doesn't carry in slip & u never gat bowled. 4). All Indian batsmen must play every ball considering in-dipper with bat in front of pads hence u automatically miss the away going one..

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