A remarkable comeback win
Jonathan Trott and Ian Bell scored their first centuries of the series to put the game beyond India. Here are the highlights from the final day's play in Nagpur which saw England win their first series in India in 28 years.
- England's 2-1 series win is their fourth overall in India and their first since the 2-1 win in 1984-85. In four series in between, England won one Test and lost six. England also ended India's eight-year unbeaten home series run. The last series defeat India suffered was against Australia in 2004. England are also the only team to come back from a match down to win a series in India. In their previous series win in 1984-85 too, England lost in Mumbai but came back to win the Delhi and Chennai Tests.
- England have now won six of their last eight Tests against India. Their fourth series win in India takes them level second with Australia on the list of teams with the most series wins in India. West Indies are on top with five series wins. The series win is also England's second in 2012. Earlier this year, they lost to Pakistan and South Africa and drew in Sri Lanka.
- Trott and Bell scored centuries in England's second innings. It was the second time in the series and the eighth time overall that two England batsmen managed to score centuries in an innings in India. Trott's century is his eighth in Tests and his first against India. Overall, in 38 Tests, Trott has scored 2970 runs at an average of 49.50. Bell's century is his 17th in Tests and third in the subcontinent. The knock pushed up his average in Tests in India to 27.07.
- The 208-run stand between Trott and Bell is the fifth-highest fourth-wicket stand for England against India and their second-highest fourth-wicket partnership in India after the 214-run stand between Paul Collingwood and Andrew Strauss in Chennai in 2008. It is also the fifth-highest stand for the fourth wicket for a visiting team in India.
- Alastair Cook's series aggregate (562 runs) is his second-highest. Cook's aggregate is also the seventh-highest by a visiting batsman in India and the third-highest by a visiting captain after Clive Lloyd's 636 runs (1974-75) and Kim Hughes' 594 runs (1979). The number of deliveries faced by Cook in the series (1285) is the highest for a visiting batsman in India.
- James Anderson, who won his fourth man-of-the-match award, finished level with Ian Botham on the list of England bowlers with the most international wickets (528). Botham, however, did so in 42 fewer matches.
- The England spinners picked up 39 wickets in the series. This is the fourth-highest number of wickets picked up by visiting spinners in a series in India and the highest since 1969-70. Graeme Swann became only the third England spinner after Derek Underwood and Hedley Verity to pick up 20 wickets in a series in India.
- The run-rate in the match (2.27) is the fifth-lowest in a drawn Test since 1990 (min 400 overs in the match). However, it is the lowest in a Test in India in the same period.
- Sachin Tendulkar finished with 112 runs in six innings in the series. The average of 18.66 is his worst in a series of four or more Tests. In 18 innings since the start of the Perth Test, Tendulkar has scored 236 runs at 18.15 with one half-century.
Madhusudhan Ramakrishnan is a sub-editor (stats) at ESPNcricinfo