India's dominance at home ends
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