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.

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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..

Posted by TATTUs on (December 10, 2012, 9:22 GMT)

Domination ends when we lose the Nagpur test too. If we win the Nagpur test, then we still remain the ONLY team to have lost only 1 series at home[that too against the mighty Australians and with tensions within our side] in the past decade.

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 8:07 GMT)

Mark my words .........Indian batting will be back in form in AUS series.....& Tendulkar will score 2 100s in that series

Posted by Lmaotsetung on (December 10, 2012, 4:01 GMT)

Look on the bright side Indian fans...there's always the "revenge" of the "revenge that never materialized" series to look forward to in 2014 and this time it will be a 5 test series.

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 3:18 GMT)

The downfall started the moment Mr Kirsten walked out the door and Mr Fletcher walked in.

Posted by maidenshazza on (December 10, 2012, 2:57 GMT)

Just looking at the pace at which Cook is scoring his runs, barring any major injuries, I think he should be able to break every Test record that has been set. Well done England!!

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 2:36 GMT)

Just one thing. Great job england. Well played. Cook has won many hearts in india

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 1:16 GMT)

I also think someone should step in and monitor their earnings. IMO, they earn far more than required. I don't say cricketers are undeserving but there should be a salary cap for them. Make it a fixed annual salary comparable to any government job in India. (1-3 years exp, 4-7 years exp, 8-10 years exp, 11-15 and 16+ yrs of exp and likewise). Every cricketer at state or national level will earn as per their experience in the game. Rest of the earning will be totally performance based. So that players should realize that if they are not performing they are earning just as much as a normal citizen in the country and any earning outside the game should be heavily taxed.

Posted by Cantbowlcantbat on (December 10, 2012, 1:04 GMT)

Oh no! Its started again-the British self-congratulation and hubris after beating one of the weakest Indian teams in living memory.

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 1:03 GMT)

India in the recent years have started to think too much about things which they least bothered 10 years back. I don't remember pitch was such a great concern during late 90's or early 2K. Whatever the track was, the boys came out and gave a good fight. Only thing that feared them was a green top and that's all they cared about. India was/is reckoned a force at home because of their record against best teams like Australia of that time which had players like Waugh, Gilly, Warne, McGrath, Gillespie, Ricky, Haydos, Langer etc. Our strength were always our Batsman during this era. Bowlers were only as good as we have today, with only exception to Kumble. I believe it's a change in psyche that has defeated us. Bowl them out is/has and will never be our strategy, it was and should be to outscore the opponent. Put 500-600 on board and ensure we cannot lose from there. Spinners always had more bite without pressure to save runs.

Posted by Meety on (December 10, 2012, 0:43 GMT)

So England now lead 2-1, imagine what COULD of been the scoreline had Monty played in the 1st Test??? Whilst I think England's 1st innings batting was too poor for England to win, I think Monty would of slowed India's 1st innings & slightly reduced the overall total, which would of meant a much higher total for India to chase - which COULD of brought in time constraints & a draw, & chasing any score around 200 always is tough. This series could of been 2 or 3nil at this point. For India, I think Kohli has been a massive dissappointment, also I would give man of the match to England's best "fieldsmen" - Gambhir, for his two run outs. I thought Sehwag was looking good for a ton before he got done in, then the run out of Pujarra was diabolical! India will need a minor miracle to square this series.

Posted by Meety on (December 10, 2012, 0:32 GMT)

Well done England. In the months leading up to the tour, I just couldn't picture England winning in India. The addition of KP I felt gave England a chance & even though I suspected that India were about to enter a period of poorer home results, still (as an Ozzy) didn't think England would win the series. I always felt England would win a Test, not TWO! Once the tour started, I thought the gamesmanship the tour sides selected by the BCCI would/could backfire on India. It gave England's batsmen plenty of time at the crease regardless of the lack of quality spinners. I felt BEFORE the series started that Ojha & Ashwin were not high up on the pecking of order of spinners around the world, so I felt that if England learned to survive & score against trundlers, they would at least have strategies against Ashwin & Ojha. The BCCI would of been better off putting their best spinners in those teams & really give England nightmares & less time at the crease. TBC

Posted by rayfanatics on (December 10, 2012, 0:31 GMT)

@front-Foor-Lunge , you must be joking right to call this England team great, the same team who lost 2-0 to a rampaging South African side. Please appreciate the victory with humility. Very good victory for sure but against an ageing and down on confidence Indian side.

Posted by IndianSRTfan on (December 10, 2012, 0:22 GMT)

@baransai: "SRT please go away we don't need you now" Wow way to treat a great player like garbage man. Shall we give you a standing ovation? He is not performing and his days are limited but what you said just shows that you're one of those 'use and throw' types. And one more thing worry more about indian team losing than worrying about tendulkar's retirement. His retirement is not gonna solve any problem. Players with worse stats than him in last two years, e.g Gambhir, are still in side. Talk about them once in a while you know, just for a change perhaps.

Posted by szaranger on (December 10, 2012, 0:14 GMT)

What happened to all the those Indians fans takling about a whitewash in India?

Posted by JG2704 on (December 9, 2012, 20:48 GMT)

While it's great as an England fan that we're ahead and cannot lose the series it has to be remembered that we have not wonn the series yet and if India win the next test then we have a tied series which happened not all that long ago

Posted by   on (December 9, 2012, 20:11 GMT)

This is what happen when you get caught with tournaments like IPL focusing strictly on money bu the spirit of the game. Test Cricket is the most important and fun part of the game. It's like a battle that you have to fight on many fronts such as bowling, batting, fielding and even wicket keeping. Captain is the general who is commanding his soldiers and conducting this battle. Just like real soldiers, cricketers have to be in strong mental status to fight and win this battle called Test Cricket. It is totally different than playing One Day Internationals and T-Twenties. India has become the main instrument of killing this beautiful game and they got what they deserve. Good job England and it is more important when India get beaten by on their own soil by the country where cricket was originated.

Posted by Huggakhan on (December 9, 2012, 19:52 GMT)

Man that 3-0 loss at the hand of pakistan is looking really good right about now!

Posted by vajira12 on (December 9, 2012, 19:48 GMT)

This is the end result of T20/ commercialization of the sport.

Posted by   on (December 9, 2012, 18:16 GMT)

Im Wondering IF ENGLISH MEDIA starts out "HINDUSTANIO KEE PUNGEEEE" baja do..........before start of 4th test.....

Posted by wiseshah on (December 9, 2012, 18:11 GMT)

and their dominance overseas ended 20 yrs ago. sorry, they never had any dominance in overseas

Posted by Mitch1066 on (December 9, 2012, 18:08 GMT)

I carnt believe that people have bring up South Africa and Pakistan . Our batting failed against quality bowlers of steyn morkel ajmal etc . With India they seam lack players of that quality in bowling . People need let England have there day least now englnd got there killer instinct back so in sum way Pakistan Shri Lanka South Africa have helped us but when you get top you can lose instinct look at South Africa it took til third test for them come out top they had two massive batting display get draws in other test .

Posted by BnH1985Fan on (December 9, 2012, 17:41 GMT)

@Front-foot-lunge: "Great" Indian team -- are we talking about the same series here? If there is anything great about the Indian team, please, spell it out. With part time spinners and ageing / low potency medium pacers, the attack is not capable of taking 20 wickets in a match (how they managed to do that in the first test was a mystery; and England solved it fairly quickly). The batting has some ageing superstars as well, who do enough to keep their place in the side, but not enough to help India win or at least avoid defeat. This is a very sub-par India team, one that expects miracles not their performance to win.

Posted by   on (December 9, 2012, 15:38 GMT)

i remember that when India was losing to England in England , the Indian fans were saying that Pakistan had not done something remarkable by beating England 3-nil...they said that even India would beat England 3-0 at home as the conditions in United Arab emirates are similar to the sub continental conditions but now we can clearly see that Pakistan had achieved a special series win over England who were the no.1 side then not because of luck but because they were playing really well but Pakistan still not only beat them but also white washed them..Pakistan is clearly the better test side albeit the disadvantage of not playing in their home grounds and without the home support...

Posted by Htc-Android on (December 9, 2012, 14:28 GMT)

where is Harmony111? who was giving too much talk when we lost the second test match against NZ. now what he has to say now? I hope he hasnt gone into coma stage now.

Posted by WickyRoy.paklover on (December 9, 2012, 13:32 GMT)

Ind have tuf competitn to face against bd,wi,n even to grab no.7 or 8 spot in test rankings.wi,bd hav betr bowlrs than ind bt al three have impatient n britle batng line ups so its gona b intresting,while pak z close to unbeatabl at uae,dubai irrespectiv of opositn,we need a quickie and anothr solid midl ordr batr along younis,azhar n shafiq to chalenge the safas

Posted by RandyOZ on (December 9, 2012, 13:16 GMT)

England have done well in the battle of the Minnows. SA and Oz are streaks ahead though when it comes to the best test teams.

Posted by BravoBravo on (December 9, 2012, 12:54 GMT)

ENG vs IND series 2012 series started with preamble of two consecutive whitewashes and almost ended with two consecutive losses. As soon ENG landed on IND, talk of revenge (by Shewag and columnist Monga) started, then whitewash ENG (Statement by Gavaskar: IND will whitewash ENG if IND wins first test match), ENG has unassailable lead now, what is ahead now- IND is miserable enough and calling for saving the series. Seems like a long painful journey from revenge to buckling down on knees. In all honesty IND cricket is the same for 80 years, remains the most whitewashed team, IND has the worst WIN to LOSS ratio in all formats of Cricket (Top 5 are AUS, ENG, SA, WI and PAK). IND is only in competition with NZ. For consolation: IPL is there, though not for long time, for sadistic pleasure of IND fans.

Posted by Solid_Snake on (December 9, 2012, 12:41 GMT)

I was going through some comments posted after Pak vs Eng series in UAE.. When Pak did white wash,Majority people even the great Ex Indian players said that it's no big deal as it was done on home ground... Today i guess all did learn their lesson ie never underestimate anyone. Things that you cannot do your self,don't just start assuming about it beforehand.

PS->Ohh & i also remember that Advertisement of Star cricket..It said something like 'angrezon ki pungi' andstuff like that...The same thing backfired lol cant stop laughing.India cannot even win on their home soi & they talk about other countries that winning on home soil is no big deal.How ironic is that :P

Posted by The_Ashes on (December 9, 2012, 12:14 GMT)

lolz India are struggling to win at home, well done England now finish the job to show them where they belong. Its clear India are starting to become a weaker team especially when these top senior players are leaving good luck!

Posted by CricketingStargazer on (December 9, 2012, 12:01 GMT)

Since 1974, whenever England have won a Test in a series v India they have, at worst, shared the series. A remarkable stat!

Posted by CricketingStargazer on (December 9, 2012, 10:40 GMT)

Another remarkable statistic is that if England win or draw the 4th Test this series will become the 16th of the last 18 England v India series in which India have failed to win more than 1 Test. The only exceptions have been 1986 in England 0-2 and 1992/93 in India, 3-0. This is the 5th series in the last 18 in which England have won 2 or more Tests. In that time, stretching back to 1974, England have won 19 Tests and India 14.

Posted by baranasai on (December 9, 2012, 9:52 GMT)

It is well desrved victory foran young England team under cook.Definitely the capatain lead from the front as an example role model for the team which uplifted the spirit of the team.the bowlers wer happy to bowl as they had a low target to defend or even if they bowled first the silliest Indian players keep giving run outs and catch practises which were to the delight of the entire england team.Dhhoni finally ran out of ideas that he and his coleagues did not o welll because of the pitch factor( good pitch byopposite bowlers and poor pitch by his bolwlers) It is regretable experienced players did not use the batting ptch ibcluding SRT -from whom lot ois expected he is chronocally struggling to scorw -with the 76 ghe scored he can decide to play another 15 matches without being questioned.ultimately indianteam will be th eloosers-these silly players make their money and walk away with the countrys pride completely tarnished/SRT please go away we dont need you now

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (December 9, 2012, 9:19 GMT)

It has taken a great team to beat this good Indian team in their own backyard, One reason why England have done it by having an incredible set of bowlers- A Flat-Pitch and Green-top specialist in Jimmy Anderson, the fastest bowler in the world in Steven Finn, and the the two best spinners in the world. There's no shame India in losing to a team as good as this.

Posted by JimmyDean on (December 9, 2012, 8:57 GMT)

I think it is time for Dhoni to hand down the captaincy role and he will be a great Indian batsman again.

Posted by JimmyDean on (December 9, 2012, 8:55 GMT)

Excellent win by a fantastic & fair English cricket Team

Posted by Abam on (December 9, 2012, 8:20 GMT)

RIP Indian cricket. This is major embarrassment, we are not even able save matches at home. We need a complete overhaul of the test team, a change of captain/coach is warranted. The present scenario is akin to 2000, the focus should not be to become No-1, we should at least win matches/series at home against quality sides. We should play to our strengths, instead of asking favors from ground staff. Players should not be selected based on their past performance, new faces from the current domestic season should be given more opportunities. MS Dhoni has run out of luck and ideas after winning WC 2012, for the past 18 months he is not able to inspire the team. The time has come for tough decisions to be taken by the selectors. On the whole our Indian sports is going through a very bad phase.

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (December 9, 2012, 8:11 GMT)

It's taken a truly magnificent team to do the unthinkable and win in India. You wouldn't see Australia or even South Africa do this now, England have complete an incredible turn around by learning how to adapt their victorious style of cricket on to the flat-decks of India.

Posted by umairasgharbutt on (December 9, 2012, 8:09 GMT)

downfall of indian cricket started !

Posted by   on (December 9, 2012, 8:07 GMT)

Tendulkar still has the highest test avg by any Indian in the history..............1 bad year doesn't make u a bad player if he can score at outstanding avg of 70 & 80 in 37th & 38th year of life after disastrous 34th &35th years then no wonder he can repeat that feat at 40 &41 as well................His fitness is good. Just that he was a bit out of practice in 2012. Additionally he is still no 1 Indian test batsman on current ICC Rankings.

Posted by sachin_vvsfan on (December 9, 2012, 7:36 GMT)

No point in even looking at stats. We are no longer a quality side and England has been a better side (if not the best in the world) Period.

Posted by A_Vacant_Slip on (December 9, 2012, 7:06 GMT)

MAGNIFICENT ENGLAND!!!!! Everything is stacked against them - doctored practice game, doctored pitch, millions of howling India fan - they even lose the toss every time! AND YET STILL England are 2-1 up in series. Completely MAGNIFICENT ENGLAND!!!!

Posted by coldcoffee123 on (December 9, 2012, 6:51 GMT)

Get ready for 3-1 at Nagpur. Bye-bye Tendulkar.

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