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India's 15 best batsmen, bowlers in England

July 09, 2014 20:04 IST

India's 15 best batsmen, bowlers in England

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As expected, Sachin Tendulkar leads the run-scoring chart among Indian batsmen in England.

He tallies 1575 runs from 17 matches, at an average of 54, with four centuries and eight fifties.

Rahul Dravid, another batting great, is second with 1376 runs from 13 Tests, with six centuries and four fifites.

Three of his centuries were scored on his last tour of the UK, in 2011, when India were whitewashed 4-0.

Sunil Gavaskar, regarded as one of the best opening batsmen of his era, too has an impressive record in England: 1152 runs in 16 matches, with a highest of 221.

He is among only three Indian batsmen to have scored more than 1000 runs in England.

Rajneesh Gupta figures out the top 15 Indian batsmen and bowlers in Tests in England.

 

Mts

Runs

Hs

Avg

100

50

Sachin Tendulkar

17

1575

193

54.31

4

8

Rahul Dravid

13

1376

217

68.80

6

4

Sunil Gavaskar

16

1152

221

41.14

2

8

Dilip Vengsarkar

13

960

157

48.00

4

4

Sourav Ganguly

9

915

136

65.35

3

5

Gundappa Viswanath

13

858

113

39.00

1

9

Kapil Dev

13

638

110

35.44

1

4

Mohammad Azharuddin

9

625

179

41.66

2

2

VVS Laxman

11

586

74

34.47

0

5

Farokh Engineer

9

563

87

37.53

0

4

Ajit Wadekar

9

528

91

29.33

0

4

Vijay Merchant

6

527

128

47.90

2

2

Ravi Shastri

9

503

187

33.53

2

1

Vijay Hazare

7

456

89

41.45

0

3

MS Dhoni

7

429

92

39.00

0

4

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Kapil Dev is India's leading wicket-taker in England

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All-rounder Kapil Dev tops the wicket-taking chart among India's bowlers in England.

The former pacer claimed 43 wickets in 13 matches, at an average of 39. His best figures are five for 125.

Interestingly, the next two bowlers are both spinners in the form of leg-spinner Anil Kumble and left-armer Bishan Singh Bedi, who claimed 36 wickets in 10 Tests and 35 wickets in 12 games respectively.

Zaheer Khan, who played a key role in India's series triumph in 2011, is fourth on the list with 31 wicktes from eight games, but was not selected for the ongoing tour of England because of injury.

Check out the top 15 Indian bowlers in England

 

Mts

Wkts

Best

Avg

5WI

10WM

Kapil Dev

13

43

5/125

39.18

2

0

Anil Kumble

10

36

4/66

41.41

0

0

Bishan Singh Bedi

12

35

6/226

38.08

1

0

Zaheer Khan

8

31

5/75

27.96

1

0

Bhagwat Chandrasekhar

9

31

6/38

33.96

2

0

Vinoo Mankad

6

20

5/101

33.90

2

0

S Venkataraghavan

10

20

4/52

41.05

0

0

Mohammed Nissar

4

18

5/93

26.55

2

0

Subhash Gupte

5

17

4/76

34.64

0

0

S Sreesanth

6

17

3/53

48.88

0

0

Chetan Sharma

2

16

6/58

18.75

2

1

Surendranath

5

16

5/75

26.62

2

0

Ghulam Ahmed

4

15

5/100

24.73

1

0

Praveen Kumar

3

15

5/106

29.53

1

0

Venkatesh Prasad

3

15

5/76

25.00

1

0

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10 Tests where India flourished in England

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The Indian cricket team has had fine moments in England, like Dilip Vengsarkar’s fighting second innings century in 1982 at Lord’s. Unfortunately, his 157 was in vain as England won by seven wickets. Kapil Dev exhibited his all-round skills, taking eight wickets in the match and scoring 41 and 89.

Then, on June 5, 1986 came India's first victory at Lord’s when Kapil's Devils beat an English side led by David Gower. England scored 294 in the first innings, with Chetan Sharma taking five wickets. Graham Gooch scored a century.

Vengsarkar hit his third consecutive Lord’s century in a reply of 341 with Mohinder Amarnath supporting him with 69.

In the second innings, England succumbed to Kapil and Maninder Singh, setting India a target of 136. At 78-4 there were some nervous moments but Kapil and Ravi Shastri kept their heads to take the team to a historic five-wicket triumph.

And then who can forget the Lord's Test in 1952. Despite suffering an eight-wicket loss, the match is still remembered for Vinoo Mankad's magical innings.

Mankad slammed 184 runs, with the help of 19 fours and a six, in India's second innings total of 378 to enable the team avoid the humiliation of an innings defeat.

10 Tests where India flourished in England

Venue

Season

Result

Lord's

1952

Lost by 8 wickets [Mankad's Test]

Nottingham

1971

Won by 4 wickets

Lord's

1986

Won by 5 wickets

Leeds

1986

Won by 279 runs

Leeds

2002

Won by inns & 46 runs

Nottingham

2007

Won by 7 wickets

Lord's

1971

Drawn [India were 38 runs short of a win]

The Oval

1979

Drawn [India were 9 runs short of a win]

Birmingham

1986

Drawn [India were 62 runs short of a win]

The Oval

2007

Drawn [India got a first innings lead of 319 runs]

10 Tests where India fared abysmally in England

Venue

Season

Result

Manchester

1952

Lost by inns & 207 runs [India were dismissed for 58 & 82]

Leeds

1952

Lost by 7 wkts [India were 4 down with no run on the board in second innings]

Nottingham

1959

Lost by inns & 59 runs

Leeds

1959

Lost by inns & 173 runs

The Oval

1959

Lost by inns & 27 runs

Lord's

1967

Lost by inns & 124 runs

Lord's

1974

Lost by inns & 285 runs [India were dismissed for 42 in second innings]

Birmingham

1974

Lost by inns & 78 runs

Birmingham

1979

Lost by inns & 83 runs

Birmingham

2011

Lost by inns & 242 runs


Image: India coach Duncan Fletcher (3rd left) waits with his team on the players balcony as rain stops play during the first Npower Test against England at Lord's Cricket Ground
Photographs: Gareth Copley/Getty Images
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