England v India, 5th Investec Test, The Oval, 2nd day

India play Cook into form

Stats review at the end of the second day of The Oval Test between India and England

Bishen Jeswant

August 16, 2014

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Not only is his team winning, but he is now making useful contributions with the bat as well. Sunny days for Alastair Cook © Getty Images

1735 Number of Test runs scored by Alastair Cook against India, which is an England record, beating Graham Gooch (1725). He has now played 20 Tests against India and averages 54.21 against them.

6 Number of 50-plus scores that Cook has against India as captain of England, including three centuries. This is the most 50-plus scores made by an England captain against India. The previous record was held by Graham Gooch who had made five such scores. Clive Lloyd, who has made 14 fifty-plus scores against India as captain, holds the record. Allan Border's 17 fifty-plus scores against England is the most against a single opposition as captain.

66 England's first-wicket partnership today, their highest in 2014. England's openers have only posted two 50-plus partnerships this year and have averaged an unimpressive 28.3 runs per wicket. However, this has not been a year that has been kind to opening partnerships, the opening pairs of South Africa, India, New Zealand and Zimbabwe all average less than 25.

1 Number of England batsmen who had scored more runs than Joe Root before turning 24 years old. Root has scored 1675 runs, going past David Gower (1616) before turning 24, and lagging behind only runaway leader Alastair Cook (2694).

40 Number of times, from 54 previous opportunities, that England have won a Test after bowling out their opposition for less than 150 in the first innings of the match. They drew three, and lost the remaining 11 - seven of those to Australia.

7 Number of times that Ishant Sharma has now dismissed Ian Bell in Tests. He has also dismissed Michael Clarke and Ricky Ponting seven times each. The only batsman he has dismissed more often is Alastair Cook (8).

83 Number of overs after which R Ashwin took an away Test wicket, when he dismissed Gary Ballance. The last overseas Test wicket that Ashwin took was Ed Cowan's in the Adelaide Test back in January 2012.

461 Number of runs scored by Root in this series, the third-highest series aggregate since 1940 by an English player batting at No. 5 or 6. The only batsmen to have scored more are Kevin Pietersen (473 in the 2005 Ashes) and Ian Bell (562 in the 2013 Ashes).

6 Number of times, since 2001, that India have introduced spin after the 38th over. Ashwin bowled the 39th over of England's first innings today. Three of these six instances have come in this year, including two during this series - at Lord's and The Oval.

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Posted by jo_n on (August 17, 2014, 12:27 GMT)

My test XI overseas/non subcontinent for India: Sehwag, gambhir, dhawan, Vijay, kholi, pujara, rahane, rohit, Dhoni(wk/cap), Naman ohja(wk), Ashwin, mishra, pragyan ohja, buvaneshwar, Ishant, aaron, umesh, shami, praveen kumar, pankaj singh.

Playing XI: gambhir, Vijay, pujara, kholi, rahane, Dhoni(wk/cap), Ashwin, buvaneshwar, Ishant, aaron, umesh.

Posted by jo_n on (August 17, 2014, 12:12 GMT)

Reasons for India debacle:

1. Poor team selection by selectors. 2. Dhoni picking wrong X1 every test match. 3. Picking 3 fast bowlers and worned them out. 4. Not picking 4 fast bowlers(buvaneshwar, Ishant, shami, aaron) and Spinner (Ashwin). 5. One sided Umpiring (most decisions going against India).

Dhoni stuborn in picking a bowler short. Frustraring to see india losing match after match.

Posted by sepultura.31 on (August 17, 2014, 9:03 GMT)

Lol- nothing new here, Indians have always been generous in bringing back out of form players to form and also in encouraging debutant bowlers to get their career best stats. In this series Moeen Ali was the recipient- courtesy indian team !! England should try new players for the Odis and will be well rewarded !!

Posted by sachin_ten_fan on (August 17, 2014, 9:00 GMT)

I like some others had written on this forum long before the start of the series that Indians will make sure that the players who are not in form would not have to wait for too long. Dhoni's boys proved us right. Win at Lord's was an aberration. I feel ashamed and embarrased by India's performance not because they are losing but the manner of the losses. To which Dhoni might say 'a loss is a loss no matter how!!'. But for someone who earns over $30 million a year, these losses would not matter at all. From England's point of view, they need to face a real opponents in SA or Aus to see whether they are really back in form. Because much can be said about how well England are doing but ask the England players and even they would admit that the Indian batting and fielding are helping the cause.

Posted by cosman on (August 17, 2014, 7:58 GMT)

this is an all to familiar scenario. when india toured australia last time, ricky ponting and hussey were huffing and puffing for runs and contemplating retirement or risk getting dropped. they were given a fresh lease of life by Messrs dhoni and his men!

Posted by   on (August 17, 2014, 7:05 GMT)

Not the first time, Ricky Ponting, Mike Hussey, Joe Root and the list is too long and extends through the era of modern Indian cricket.

Posted by SpaMaster on (August 17, 2014, 4:50 GMT)

India have given lot of runs to Cook. But is Cook back in form? We will see when he plays against a half-decent bowling line-up that does not drop catches. If the inexperienced Indian slip cordon hasn't dropped so many catches, we would still be discussing when will Cook get runs?

Posted by vj3478 on (August 17, 2014, 3:43 GMT)

Cook is far from regaining form. It's just the mediocore Indian bowling and sloppy fielding that gave him FEW more chances/innings to score.

Posted by Sexysteven on (August 17, 2014, 2:18 GMT)

Yes Cook was always going to find form with the bat eventually but India have made it easy for him though mind you England might pay for that in the long term cos the pressure is off cooks captaincy so everyone in England has a false impression that Cook is agood captain but that's far from true and they might have to find out the hard way again next year when they might get embarassed by the Aussies that will be the test if Cook manages to beat them then I guess he's doing a ok job if not then they will need anew captain if they want to go forward

Posted by rickyvoncanterbury on (August 16, 2014, 19:45 GMT)

Phil Hughes from Australia is a player that has loads of talent that really does need to play against India.

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