Eng v Ind, 5th Investec Test, The Oval, 3rd day August 17, 2014

India's third-worst defeat in Tests

A stats review at the end of the fifth Test between India and England at The Oval
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Virat Kohli's numbers in this series have been among India's worst by a top-four batsman
Virat Kohli's numbers in this series have been among India's worst by a top-four batsman © Getty Images

7 Number of Tests India have lost by an innings and 200 runs or more. Four of them have come against England, with this innings-and-244-run loss at third on that list. India have lost by bigger margins against England in 1974 and against West Indies in 1958.

36 Number of years since India lost three Test series in a row. Over the past eight months, India have been defeated in South Africa, New Zealand and now England. The last time they lost three consecutive series was between 1976-78, going down to England, Australia and then Pakistan.

26 Number of times India have been routed for 100 or less in an innings. The last time India suffered the ignominy was against South Africa at Ahmedabad in April 2008. India have never won a Test after being bowled out for less than 100, but England have won six Tests, Australia four, New Zealand and South Africa two each, while Pakistan have won one from the same circumstances.

134 Number of runs for Virat Kohli in this series, making it the second-lowest aggregate by a top-four batsman having played at least 10 innings. The lowest is also by an Indian, Chandu Sarwate, who scored only 100 runs against Australia in 1947-48.

22.2 Cheteshwar Pujara's batting average in this series. This is the poorest for an Indian No. 3, over a minimum of five innings in a Test series in England.

97.12 Joe Root's average in 2014. He has 777 runs, 518 of which have come in the five matches against India to be the top-scorer of the series.

78 Number of years since a team has won the last three Tests of a five-match series after trailing at the end of the first two. England were at the receiving end in the 1936 Ashes, when they led the home side, Australia 2-0. Don Bradman made 810 runs in that series and was instrumental in the turnaround.

5 Number of series in which India have been bowled out for less than 200 five times. The last instance was against England in 1976-77. The most times that India have succumbed for less than 200 during a series is seven, during India's tour to England in 1959.

177 Number of runs India have gained from extras in this series, exactly as much as Ravindra Jadeja has contributed. Some of India's top-order batsmen have contributed fewer though - Kohli only managed 134 runs, while Dhawan had 122.

29.2 Number of overs faced by India in their second innings at The Oval, the fewest overs needed to dismiss them in the last six years. India have only been bowled out in fewer overs six times, the least being 17 overs, when India were bundled out for 42 at Lord's in 1974.

380 Number of wickets for James Anderson in Tests. He is only four away from beating Ian Botham as the highest wicket-taker for England.

17 Number of dismissals made by MS Dhoni, the most by an Indian keeper against England in a Test series. He had accumulated 16 in 2006 and 13 in 2011 and figures thrice in the top five

Bishen Jeswant is a stats sub editor at ESPNcricinfo. @bishen_jeswant

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  • Zetta on August 22, 2014, 14:21 GMT

    India were a good sparing partner for England indeed. Pretty poor cricket by the Indians after the first two matches. I'll say - it's easy to judge when you aren't the one in the middle, but on the other hand, India performed poor! And that's a fact! I'm definitely not a supporter of either side, but I support good and competitive cricket. And that's something we didn't see from team India in the fifth match.

    Anyway I agree that Dhoni is not a good captain. He just has a good team.

  • suksub on August 18, 2014, 21:07 GMT

    @Tom de Sailor, thanks for taking the time to read my rant! Our bowlers have been highly inconsistent - remember the 710/7 by England - only 3 wickets at the end of 160 overs ? Or only 5 wickets at Wellington (where McCullum went on to score 300+)? In the same match Ishant took 6 wickets in the first innings and 0 in the second? 659/4 by Australia? (Our batsmen scored 400 in the 3rd innings!). 620/4 by South Africa?

    From Wadekar's times, India has a 'quick-blame-the-captain' attitude. Dhone has won 6 matches outside India (7 if he had not sat out due to a bad spasm), second only to Dada. (Thanks to cricinfo's statsguru where one can spend a delightful afternoon). And his wins have been in NZ, RSA, WI, England, SL & Bangladesh. Our bowlers are capable, they are committed to the cause - but lack the training and experience outside the sub-continent. We need the coaches and BCCI staff to be held accountable, not just the captain or a single bowler. Well, may be Shami this time! Cheers!

  • on August 18, 2014, 16:47 GMT

    @suksub Our bowlers did really well.. The chances they created where mostly put own or in Dhoni's case not attempted at all(one such drop turned the series on its head), where as the English bowlers had quarter chances converted into wickets.. So dont blame the bowlers.. Also BCCI's adamncy against DRS cost India quite a few wickets too.. Dhoni did bat well but his captaincy, team selection & keeping were atrocious.. Conidering the fact that he is a totally different person whie captaining in ODIs, his body language too showed a kind of disinterest in tests.. which is rubbing off on others too.. If India are to win an overseas match, they need a new captain, a new keeper & some good slip fielders.. Dhoni, based on current form, can be in the team as a pure batsman.. Pujara will bounce back.. Gambhir, Jadeja & Binny were poor choices in the squad, let alone the playing XI.. Ishant is just an average bowler now.. We need some change.. better lose trying than losing in the same old ways

  • Vilander on August 18, 2014, 9:37 GMT

    India did well in first two tests, where 1-0 ahead, the tally which SL won Eng over. Third test, Cook,Balance,Bell were good and lucky by equal measure, got lives or bad decisions or both ! and made 100 runs more each. India batted ok but umpiring mistakes were too costly. But 4th and 5th Tests were abject failures, fourth one poor decision to bat first by Dhoni, 5th they just did not have the spirit to compete. India have done badly but its understandable, there would be some team changes, U yadav/bhumra will come in, jadeja,Pankaj,rohit will go out.Dhoni must resign as captain probably make Gambir or Ashwin captain. India needed Pujara and Kholi to support Vijay they did not, they needed someone to support Bhuv, when Ishant did they won when Shami/Pankaj failed they failed.

  • eZoha on August 18, 2014, 9:05 GMT

    More interesting stats -

    1. India has now suffered 8 innings defeat under the captaincy of Dhoni - 7 of them abroad.

    2. More than half of his defeats abroad are innings defeats.

  • on August 18, 2014, 7:19 GMT

    Frankly speaking, all Dhoni had to do was to bring Gambhir from third Test where he would have been less under pressure and shuffle the batting order at no:3,4 & 5. It would have made a huge difference to the team and the individuals at that position.

  • on August 18, 2014, 6:03 GMT

    Ha Ha............. over the years everyone says India have emerged, but they just proved it wrong again in England under Dhoni's terrible captaincy yet again............... He is never a comparison 2 Dada .......... Dhoni the worst captain India ever had......... Like the post if u really think what i said is true......

  • on August 18, 2014, 5:56 GMT

    Batmanian hits it on the head.

    We have seen plenty of sub-continent teams struggle with technique in England (and in New Zealand, and in South Africa). This is not new.

    We have seen plenty of very one sided test series between all manner of different teams.

    What I have never seen in lifetime of watching cricket is a team just give up so abjectly and obviously in a test series. That's what should REALLY be bothering all cricket fans. It was disgraceful and very poor for our sport.

  • on August 18, 2014, 5:47 GMT

    @rajkumar2 very well said..never give up hope..India should reclaim their momentum in odi series as a is did against England in previous ashes..odi team looking decent excluding binny. .as the same team has won champions trophy previous year..

  • Karnamkotil on August 18, 2014, 5:40 GMT

    Was Happy the way ind started d series with 1 draw & 1 win.Never Imagined in my dreams dat we wil lose d next 3 matches in Kenya style.Wat was hurting-Ind never lookd like a fighter.Look at Aus or SA,even if they lose,but they go down fighting. There is a difference in LOSING & SURRENDERING. D last series in SA & NZ was atleast an improvement. This time don't think so its Dhoni's fault, its d Batsmen who let us down. D bowling was ok ok. Atleast they did take wkts- but sloppy fielding made it look worst. No point in playing a 5 Test series. Should stick to 2 Test series. It doesn't sound Humiliating when u lose 2-0 !!

  • Zetta on August 22, 2014, 14:21 GMT

    India were a good sparing partner for England indeed. Pretty poor cricket by the Indians after the first two matches. I'll say - it's easy to judge when you aren't the one in the middle, but on the other hand, India performed poor! And that's a fact! I'm definitely not a supporter of either side, but I support good and competitive cricket. And that's something we didn't see from team India in the fifth match.

    Anyway I agree that Dhoni is not a good captain. He just has a good team.

  • suksub on August 18, 2014, 21:07 GMT

    @Tom de Sailor, thanks for taking the time to read my rant! Our bowlers have been highly inconsistent - remember the 710/7 by England - only 3 wickets at the end of 160 overs ? Or only 5 wickets at Wellington (where McCullum went on to score 300+)? In the same match Ishant took 6 wickets in the first innings and 0 in the second? 659/4 by Australia? (Our batsmen scored 400 in the 3rd innings!). 620/4 by South Africa?

    From Wadekar's times, India has a 'quick-blame-the-captain' attitude. Dhone has won 6 matches outside India (7 if he had not sat out due to a bad spasm), second only to Dada. (Thanks to cricinfo's statsguru where one can spend a delightful afternoon). And his wins have been in NZ, RSA, WI, England, SL & Bangladesh. Our bowlers are capable, they are committed to the cause - but lack the training and experience outside the sub-continent. We need the coaches and BCCI staff to be held accountable, not just the captain or a single bowler. Well, may be Shami this time! Cheers!

  • on August 18, 2014, 16:47 GMT

    @suksub Our bowlers did really well.. The chances they created where mostly put own or in Dhoni's case not attempted at all(one such drop turned the series on its head), where as the English bowlers had quarter chances converted into wickets.. So dont blame the bowlers.. Also BCCI's adamncy against DRS cost India quite a few wickets too.. Dhoni did bat well but his captaincy, team selection & keeping were atrocious.. Conidering the fact that he is a totally different person whie captaining in ODIs, his body language too showed a kind of disinterest in tests.. which is rubbing off on others too.. If India are to win an overseas match, they need a new captain, a new keeper & some good slip fielders.. Dhoni, based on current form, can be in the team as a pure batsman.. Pujara will bounce back.. Gambhir, Jadeja & Binny were poor choices in the squad, let alone the playing XI.. Ishant is just an average bowler now.. We need some change.. better lose trying than losing in the same old ways

  • Vilander on August 18, 2014, 9:37 GMT

    India did well in first two tests, where 1-0 ahead, the tally which SL won Eng over. Third test, Cook,Balance,Bell were good and lucky by equal measure, got lives or bad decisions or both ! and made 100 runs more each. India batted ok but umpiring mistakes were too costly. But 4th and 5th Tests were abject failures, fourth one poor decision to bat first by Dhoni, 5th they just did not have the spirit to compete. India have done badly but its understandable, there would be some team changes, U yadav/bhumra will come in, jadeja,Pankaj,rohit will go out.Dhoni must resign as captain probably make Gambir or Ashwin captain. India needed Pujara and Kholi to support Vijay they did not, they needed someone to support Bhuv, when Ishant did they won when Shami/Pankaj failed they failed.

  • eZoha on August 18, 2014, 9:05 GMT

    More interesting stats -

    1. India has now suffered 8 innings defeat under the captaincy of Dhoni - 7 of them abroad.

    2. More than half of his defeats abroad are innings defeats.

  • on August 18, 2014, 7:19 GMT

    Frankly speaking, all Dhoni had to do was to bring Gambhir from third Test where he would have been less under pressure and shuffle the batting order at no:3,4 & 5. It would have made a huge difference to the team and the individuals at that position.

  • on August 18, 2014, 6:03 GMT

    Ha Ha............. over the years everyone says India have emerged, but they just proved it wrong again in England under Dhoni's terrible captaincy yet again............... He is never a comparison 2 Dada .......... Dhoni the worst captain India ever had......... Like the post if u really think what i said is true......

  • on August 18, 2014, 5:56 GMT

    Batmanian hits it on the head.

    We have seen plenty of sub-continent teams struggle with technique in England (and in New Zealand, and in South Africa). This is not new.

    We have seen plenty of very one sided test series between all manner of different teams.

    What I have never seen in lifetime of watching cricket is a team just give up so abjectly and obviously in a test series. That's what should REALLY be bothering all cricket fans. It was disgraceful and very poor for our sport.

  • on August 18, 2014, 5:47 GMT

    @rajkumar2 very well said..never give up hope..India should reclaim their momentum in odi series as a is did against England in previous ashes..odi team looking decent excluding binny. .as the same team has won champions trophy previous year..

  • Karnamkotil on August 18, 2014, 5:40 GMT

    Was Happy the way ind started d series with 1 draw & 1 win.Never Imagined in my dreams dat we wil lose d next 3 matches in Kenya style.Wat was hurting-Ind never lookd like a fighter.Look at Aus or SA,even if they lose,but they go down fighting. There is a difference in LOSING & SURRENDERING. D last series in SA & NZ was atleast an improvement. This time don't think so its Dhoni's fault, its d Batsmen who let us down. D bowling was ok ok. Atleast they did take wkts- but sloppy fielding made it look worst. No point in playing a 5 Test series. Should stick to 2 Test series. It doesn't sound Humiliating when u lose 2-0 !!

  • on August 18, 2014, 5:30 GMT

    Saw some people suggesting that India should prepare seam friendly and fast pitches in India. Wonder if that happens where will India slip to! After all it has to maintain a reasonable ranking..........

  • rajkumar2 on August 18, 2014, 5:09 GMT

    I still have faith in this current Indian team. All the players are talented. Dhoni should step down from captaincy. Binny should go and Ishwar Pandey shoud be included. Make Kohli captain. Selection committee should have a policy of resting a batsman, if he continuously fail in four innings. His place should be taken by a new player, even if it is Kohli or Pujara. If this is implemented, I am sure, we will win the series with West Indies.

  • Abaa on August 18, 2014, 4:47 GMT

    @ FlatTrakBully - Don't defend your team's failure by highlighting another team's poor performance. That is immature and it only highlights ignorance. Not many full strength teams have lost two tests consecutively within 3 days. This is nothing but a pathetic performance by the Indian cricket team

  • suksub on August 18, 2014, 4:28 GMT

    Glad Dhoni's wicketkeeping skills got a mention. He is #5 in terms of number of dismissals and is likely to stay there. Until we have bowlers who can take 20 wickets, even having a Bradman in the team isn't going to help.

  • FlatTrakBully on August 18, 2014, 4:07 GMT

    Team should move on. 3-1 is similar to 4-0 loss, but its better than England's record of 5-0 loss,. (Practicing county without IPL, BBL)

  • on August 18, 2014, 3:08 GMT

    Earlier in 2011, Dhoni blamed seniors players like sachin,dravid, laxman and sehwag for the 4-0 loss to England and now this time he blames Virat Kohli and Pujara. And also blames Gautam Gambhir in coming into the squad and demoralising the team.While says Ashwin,jadeja are new and will learn in coming years.While Kohli tweets that Dhoni is not fit for Test Captain.

  • Sexysteven on August 18, 2014, 2:57 GMT

    Yea to much t20 cricket is Indias prob they need more first class cricket on all types of wickets so when they go on tour they can adjust to diff conditions it all well and good to win at home but they will never be considered agood team until they can learn and adjust to play in overseas conditions and get the odd win away from home until they do that they known as flat track bullies

  • MinusZero on August 17, 2014, 23:32 GMT

    T20 has ruined India for tests. That is very apparent. India's spin focus hurts them when they arent at home. The need to make some seam friendly pitches in india for practice. End this T20 rubbish now.

  • Philip_Gnana on August 17, 2014, 21:44 GMT

    Another amazing stat that actually took the game away was that by Joe Root. At the time Butler was out Root was on 38 in 88 balls. He went on to add 111 in only 77 balls. Of course the partnership with Broad was a T20 game. India seemed so ill prepared. Having Duncan Fletcher as their coach who knows English conditions well, tells you another story. The Sri Lankans had been prepared and their bowlers bowled better than the English bowlers did. DF is equally culpable. But, India has to look at their IPL program and perhaps limit the number of games for them to concentrate on their state cricket. Philip Gnana, Surrey

  • shanepe2003 on August 17, 2014, 21:14 GMT

    Well done India you was able to play 29.2 overs, now that's 9.2 overs more than what I initially thought you was capable of!!! Lv from SL, umma!

  • on August 17, 2014, 20:59 GMT

    If I am not wrong, India would be the only team whose score read 66/6 in 4 consecutive innings..

  • Chris_P on August 17, 2014, 19:52 GMT

    Those stats made for some poor reading, they let their true fans down big time with a very meek performance.

  • NoIPL on August 17, 2014, 19:49 GMT

    Relax guys! Dont worry nothing will change on ground this indian team would happily move on to the next series back home there you will find our superstars scoring centuries against present west indies team on a dociile pitch.

    English nightmares will be forgotten and every thing will be hunky-doory.

    BCCI athough runs the sport based on the enormous fan base and money created due to the fan base, they are not answerable to the indian fans. This is the status of cricket in india.

  • Batmanian on August 17, 2014, 19:37 GMT

    @Charindra, I don't think pay is India's problem. Their lack of pride in fighting innings losses is deeper than not caring about Test money. When England lost their Test, they were hare-brained and clueless, but they were trying. India, on the other hand, don't seem to appreciate the gravity of minimising the scale of a hiding at Test level. I feel let down by India - and I'm Australian! I didn't feel let down by Australia when India smashed us at home last time, because the Australians were trying, in their own substandard way. Here, there have been crucial passages of play when India haven't tried, and that's disgraceful.

  • Slogtime on August 17, 2014, 19:23 GMT

    Now this same bunch of players will be performing in Champions League ...... Seems Mentoring by a Legend also didn't made any effect ..... Only thing that can change is IPL MONEY

  • on August 17, 2014, 19:23 GMT

    Dhoni is the least responsible person for defeat in the team.,....stop blamiming him....

  • rajithwijepura on August 17, 2014, 19:04 GMT

    its fair to say India is the greatest flat track bully. All out for less than 200 for 4 consecutive innings is pathetic.

  • Charindra on August 17, 2014, 19:00 GMT

    Pathetic performances by an overrated and overpaid team. With half the money they have a team like Sri Lanka, New Zealand or Pakistan would have done wonders.

  • Anands06 on August 17, 2014, 18:54 GMT

    Doesn't these players and captain dhoni owe a proper answer to their fans unless they happy playing IPL.If yes please leave national side for others...this pathetic cricket performance has been repeated again. And their is no remorse on that.

  • on August 17, 2014, 18:48 GMT

    Time to get rid of so called good for nothing All rounders like Sir Jadeja and Binny. And let India focus more on Tests than Shorter formats.

  • lesterloyd on August 17, 2014, 18:46 GMT

    Well done England for making Prideful Indians Humble.. (Except Dhoni)

  • on August 17, 2014, 18:44 GMT

    134 runs in 10 innings. Something to bring Kohli back to earth and have him focus on his game.

  • on August 17, 2014, 18:41 GMT

    Humble request to BCCI. . Please don't expose Indian Cricketers in 5 - match away series. Let's give opportunities for them to reduce the margin of defeats by having 1 or 2 match series.

  • Old_Legend on August 17, 2014, 18:13 GMT

    Poor India.. They should stop IPL and concentrating on TEST. The greatest form of cricket.

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  • Old_Legend on August 17, 2014, 18:13 GMT

    Poor India.. They should stop IPL and concentrating on TEST. The greatest form of cricket.

  • on August 17, 2014, 18:41 GMT

    Humble request to BCCI. . Please don't expose Indian Cricketers in 5 - match away series. Let's give opportunities for them to reduce the margin of defeats by having 1 or 2 match series.

  • on August 17, 2014, 18:44 GMT

    134 runs in 10 innings. Something to bring Kohli back to earth and have him focus on his game.

  • lesterloyd on August 17, 2014, 18:46 GMT

    Well done England for making Prideful Indians Humble.. (Except Dhoni)

  • on August 17, 2014, 18:48 GMT

    Time to get rid of so called good for nothing All rounders like Sir Jadeja and Binny. And let India focus more on Tests than Shorter formats.

  • Anands06 on August 17, 2014, 18:54 GMT

    Doesn't these players and captain dhoni owe a proper answer to their fans unless they happy playing IPL.If yes please leave national side for others...this pathetic cricket performance has been repeated again. And their is no remorse on that.

  • Charindra on August 17, 2014, 19:00 GMT

    Pathetic performances by an overrated and overpaid team. With half the money they have a team like Sri Lanka, New Zealand or Pakistan would have done wonders.

  • rajithwijepura on August 17, 2014, 19:04 GMT

    its fair to say India is the greatest flat track bully. All out for less than 200 for 4 consecutive innings is pathetic.

  • on August 17, 2014, 19:23 GMT

    Dhoni is the least responsible person for defeat in the team.,....stop blamiming him....

  • Slogtime on August 17, 2014, 19:23 GMT

    Now this same bunch of players will be performing in Champions League ...... Seems Mentoring by a Legend also didn't made any effect ..... Only thing that can change is IPL MONEY