Monday’s win that ensured an unassailable lead of 3-0 in the five-match Test series for Team India ended an eight-year barren spell where India lost three Test series in-a-row versus England. A peek at the statistics after the India vs England Wankhede Test in Mumbai throws up interesting points between the two Test sides. Take a look at the statistical highlights:
• The innings and 36-run victory in the fourth Test at Wankhede Stadium was India’s biggest win at home over England. The previous record was an innings and 22 runs at Chennai in 1992-93.
• Overall, Monday’s win was the second biggest over England. The innings and 46 runs victory at Leeds in 2002 is India’s best ever against the Englishmen.
• If Virat Kohli’s team wins the fifth Test they will break the record of most consecutive Tests without a defeat. Mumbai Test was the 17th Test in a row in which Indian team remained unbeaten. It was the second time that Team India has achieved this feat.
First was achieved between September 1985 and March 1987. However, they could only win four of the 17 matches over that stretch, drawing 12 while one was tied. But Kohli’s team has a much better record with 13 wins and four draws. West Indies hold the record of most Tests without defeat with 27 in a row.
• England lost despite making 400 runs in the first innings. This was only the third time in the history of the game where a team suffered an innings defeat after scoring 400 or more in the first innings. First time such a scenario unfolded was in 1930, when England lost to Australia by an innings and 39 runs at The Oval. Sri Lanka were the second team to have the same unwanted record as they lost in Cardiff by an innings and 14 runs against England in 2011.
• The win also meant that India won the five-match series 3-0. This was the fifth successive series win for the Virat Kohli-led team. India beat against South Africa, New Zealand and now England at home and came away victorious from Sri Lanka and the West Indies.
This was second time that Team India has accomplished such a record. They won five in a row between 2008 and 2010. Home wins registered over Australia, England and Sri Lanka and had away wins for New Zealand and Bangladesh.
• Ravichandran Ashwin took six wickets for 55 which was his 24th five-wicket haul to Kapil Dev. Now he is the third spot in India’s all-time list. Current India coach heads the list with 35 five wicket hauls, followed by Harbhajan Singh who has 25.
• Ravichandra Ashwin’s match haul of 12/167, was the seventh time that the off-spinner had registered 10-wicket hauls in Test cricket. Now he is one behind Anil Kumble’s mark of eight in 132 Tests, which is the highest for India.
(With inputs from S. Pervez Qaiser)