India v England, 4th Test, Nagpur, 5th day December 17, 2012

A remarkable comeback win

Stats highlights from day five of the fourth Test in Nagpur

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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  • aslam 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.

  • KHAWAJA UMER FAROOQ 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

  • Hassan 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.

  • Dummy4 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.................

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Rohan 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!!

  • John 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

  • Veeraraaghavan 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.

  • Nirjhar 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.

  • Nirjhar 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.

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