India v England, 4th Test, Nagpur, 5th day

A remarkable comeback win

Stats highlights from day five of the fourth Test in Nagpur

Madhusudhan Ramakrishnan

December 17, 2012

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Graeme Swann and Monty Panesar prepare to bowl in the nets, Sydney, January 1, 2011
Graeme Swann and Monty Panesar combined to pick up 37 wickets in the series © Getty Images
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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

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Posted by aslamPK on (December 18, 2012, 18:42 GMT)

@ravikb on (December 17 2012, 14:42 PM GMT), We may say batting/bowling for India were difficult. Over all it was a balanced pitch. For England man of the match performance was Trot or even Root. After Kohli-Dhoni partenership(198), 2nd highest was pujara-ghambir-58 and third and fouth were 20 and 19 runs. Even England was struggling at 139-5 in first innings. How we can say it was a batting heaven when both team scored at about 2 runs per over. All I can say is Indian bowlers could not take wicket but MoM should have been Trot or Root or Kohli.

Posted by KUFAROOQ on (December 18, 2012, 18:12 GMT)

Recent events in Cricket show that like other sports graph of cricket is also falling in Asian countries. Some years ago it was dream for any country to won series in subcontinent on spin wickets but recent defeats of Sri Lanka and now India have completely changed course of cricket in subcontinent. Only last month Sri Lanka lost series against Australia it was first win of Australian team on Sri Lankan soil. India also lost series against England after twenty eight years England won test series against India on Indian soil. Trott and Bell complete England historic revival and England captain declared recent success against India more than won in famous Ashes between Australia and England. India is also struggling after retirement of Dravid, Luxman and other key players. True reality is that introduction of T20, IPLs and commercialization of cricket in subcontinent is main cause of poor performance of young payers in test cricket. After increasing trend of IPls and T20 players a

Posted by hassanazh on (December 18, 2012, 8:45 GMT)

Please don't say anything bad right now, we are sending Pakistan team to India, then you can win and make Dhoni, Tendulkar and Sehwag heroes again. Because Pakistan is the best team to bring all out of form players back in form. I was happy that we were not having matches with India but now our board wants to feel embarrassment so we are sending to help Indian players to regain their lost forms.

Posted by   on (December 17, 2012, 20:27 GMT)

The stat about Botham and Anderson is actually quite interesting. Anderson has got 528 wicket at a SR of 48.25 and that too when the game is more in favor of Batsmen, with placid wickets, high averages. On the contrary Ian Botham's SR is 52.19 during the era when the pitches favor the bowlers and the game was played in the right way without any discrimination. The fast bowling is a dying art and it is refreshing to see a good fast bowler like Anderson on the go. It is really heart breaking to see the fresh crop of fast bowlers from Australia breaking down so early in their careers. As far as Sachin is concerned, i feel good about it that he is not having runs, in this way the Indian nation can regard greats like Sourav, Dravid and Laxman more, all of whom i think were better than this demi-god of Indian cricket.................

Posted by   on (December 17, 2012, 17:59 GMT)

Although Sachin's aura is an accepted fact, I think he has left the decision to retire a bit too late down the road. WC 2011 win....perfect opportunity to go on a high. If he wanted to play a bit more, h could have played tests only and therefore concentrate and focus more and then perhaps call it a day at a Mumbai test . Perhaps then his focus would've meant better run in this format and also an opportunity for home fans in Mumbai to bid farewell. After the highs he has experienced, there were only lows to follow as it happened. A better managed retirement and goodbye to the game would've meant a timely and graceful exit rather than the prolonged low in ths part of his career. He got more opportunities than ponting to get ou of this slump and is failing even now. Ponting rightly called it a day before dragging on. One of the aspects of being a great is realising when it s time. Sadly, he has failed in this regard. Even if e scores better, his slump towards the end will not be forgot.

Posted by Rohan-Lalpudha on (December 17, 2012, 17:51 GMT)

Currently South Africa, Australia, England and Pakistan are much much better than us. Pakistan is easily the best sub continent team. They are the most promising and began a rebuilding phase much before us. We need to follow their suit. If only we had their spinners and batsmen, we could restore some Indian pride. we've never had and genuinely quality fast bowlers so an not going to ask for them!!

Posted by JG2704 on (December 17, 2012, 17:12 GMT)

@aslamPK on (December 17 2012, 12:47 PM GMT) I'm guessing they saw it as a batsman's pitch and credited Jimmy for his consistency. All of those you mention deserve credit too

Posted by Rags57 on (December 17, 2012, 16:28 GMT)

Like Ponting did, Tendulkar should have announced his retirement after his failure at Calcutta and should have been given a farewell at Nagpur. I am now not sure whether he is going to announce his retirement before the Australia series and the selectors may not have the guts to drop him. In my mind he is losing every one's respect - there is sympathy for him now but that will turn to frustration and anger in the future is he fails against Australia. Youngsters like Manoj Tiwary deserve a chance before it is too late so Mr. Tendulkar, please call it quits for the country's sake.

Posted by Fan1969 on (December 17, 2012, 16:18 GMT)

Batting the problems are many. Tendulkar needs to be DROPPED (sad but no choice) if he does not retire. Sehwag needs to be dropped after one test against Australia if he lacks seriousness and fitness. Gambhir needs to practice curbing the ODI shots.

No point of looking at Jadeja who is a bits and pieces player. Good for ODI etc but not a match winner with either ball or bat in a Test.

Test matches must be played with specialists. I would gun for 5 bowlers with Ashwin batting at 7 and Dhoni at 6.

Knock over Tendulkar and probably one of Sehwag / Gambhir.

India has enough new batting talent though getting 4 bowlers besides Ashwin will be a challenge.

Posted by Fan1969 on (December 17, 2012, 16:10 GMT)

India's problems are mainly non-performance of Zaheer and Ishant and the unfortunate injury to Umesh.

India desperately needed some top order wickets from the faster bowlers. In the past it was Zaheer who got Aussie bigwigs and allowed us to win against the mighty Aussies.

Ishant does not bowl at the stumps enough and thus LBW, Bowled have a low chance. His economy rate is good but mostly batsmen do not need to play him.

Zaheer needs to work on his fitness and speed.

A good recent seam bowler as coach like Shaun Pollock, McGrath, Gillespie, Vaas will be very useful.

Statistics of Ashwin and Ojha are average but I think the English batsmen played them rather well. As young and inexperienced bowlers the rich BCCI may want to hire a Murali or Saqlain as SPIN COACH.

Posted by Raj1969 on (December 17, 2012, 15:53 GMT)

Well played eng /see u in England next time it is our's !!!!!!raj"""""" England this time you won because of COOK next time we all will eat your team up!!!!!! Common INDIA!!! One person difference in both team /peterson

Posted by raj23.cricket on (December 17, 2012, 15:24 GMT)

Contrary to popular belief that IPL has spoilt India in Test cricket, India did quite well between 2008 (since IPL's first season) and early 2011 (till ODI World Cup Win). In fact, India was clearly the best team with 50% Win record during this period (Eng - 47, Aus - 46, SA - 46, SL - 43), and this certainly helped them to become no.1 team in Test rankings. Sachin was the 2nd best batsman during this period (Avge. 64.66), and Gambhir, Laxman & Sehwag averaged above 50. Even Dhoni averaged 48. If we take the period since ODI WC win, India's test record is dismal. Win% has come down to 30 during this period (Pak-57, Aus-50, SA-50, Eng-45, NZ-31, SL-20). Interestingly, Pujara is the best batsman in the world with avge of 81, but only other Indian to do well during this period is Dravid (51.04). Other stalwarts doing very bad - Laxman (37), Sehwag (32), Tendulkar (32), Gambhir (28). Between Sehwag, Sachin & Gambhir, there is only one 100 during this period - Viru's 100 at A'bad!

Posted by ravikb on (December 17, 2012, 14:42 GMT)

@aslamPK, on that wicket talking one wicket was an acheivement. Anderson had taken 4 of them that too in one innings. That is the reason for the MoM award. First, try to understand cricket and then comment:)

Posted by   on (December 17, 2012, 14:11 GMT)

Agree with Ball_Crusher. It really hurts to see Sachin not scoring runs. :(

Posted by shashanksriv on (December 17, 2012, 13:58 GMT)

Its clearly the first innings batting failure that has brought down the performance of team India. In the last 21 tests since January 2011, India have won 6 tests, lost 10 and drawn 5. First innings average in the matches they have lost was 265 while in the matches they won was 400. In drawn matches it was 344. Clearly goes to show that the team needs responsible batting in first innings. The first six of India is really failing to click in and no substantial changes has been made. Sachin, Sehwag and Gambhir have failed to make a big hundred during all this time and despite of that have been a part of this team continuously.They clearly need to be replaced by more responsible specialist test batsman.

Posted by Karnamkotil on (December 17, 2012, 13:44 GMT)

The main worry for India is the batting department. Bowling is secondary. Had Indian batsman scored even according to their career average, the series would have been different. Ashwin, Ojha, Jadeja & Piyush are still not seasoned in Tests. They are good bowlers and need exposure against tough team. (Just like Eng/SA/Aus). What they want to do is to try and learn to spin the ball with the help of the body action and using the wrist, use the flight, bowling speed variations. Currently they r relying on the pitch and not skills. Hope this series will teach the whole Indian Team and Management something.

Posted by Charlie101 on (December 17, 2012, 13:13 GMT)

@aslamPK I believe Anderson received the MOM award because the key to the game was taking wickets .

Posted by aslamPK on (December 17, 2012, 12:47 GMT)

I am much surprised over the man of the match series. It is true that Anderson deprived India of a Win chance in this match but for England man of the match are 1). Trot, 2). Root, 3). Bell and then 4). Anderson. Even Kohli or Dhoni are a head of Anderson for Man of the Match contest.

Posted by Gloryof96 on (December 17, 2012, 12:10 GMT)

I wonder what would be the stats on Indian test results, batters and bowlers since the inception of the IPL. I hope Cricinfo can give us a better insight with a breakdown by year since IPL. I assume the stats would be very interesting reading for BCCI

Posted by StarsnStumps on (December 17, 2012, 12:03 GMT)

Will BCCI now stop counting cash and get about to some actual control and administration, starting with dropping sachin and relieving dhoni test captaincy.

P.S what happened to ashwin's mystery ball? :)

Posted by Ball_Crusher on (December 17, 2012, 11:44 GMT)

The last one is worrying :(

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