Stats Highlights: England vs India, 1st Test - Day 5
Stuart Binny notches up second highest score by an Indian on debut
The match provided only the third instance of India making 350 in both innings of a Test outside the subcontinent. The other two instances came against England also at Trent Bridge in 2002 (India made 357 and 424-8 declared) and against New Zealand at Wellington in 2008-09 (India made 379 and 434-7 declared).
The match aggregate of 848 for the loss of 19 wickets is India’s highest in a Test against England – home or away. They had made 844 for 16 at The Oval in 2007.
The above match aggregate is also India’s third highest against any opponent, after 916 for 9 against Australia at Sydney in 2003-04 and 910 for 16 against Pakistan at Bangalore in 2007-08.
The above match aggregate is also the fourth highest by any side against England in England. Australia had made 1028 for 20 at The Oval in 1934, followed by 869 for 8 by West Indies also at The Oval in 1976 and 862 for 13 by Australia at Headingley in 1948.
Interestingly India did not go past 300 in any of 8 innings in last series in England in 2011. They did it twice in this Test!
Stuart Binny’s 78 is the second highest score by an Indian debutant at number 8 after Deepak Shodhan’s 110 against Pakistan at Kolkata in 1952-53.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar became only the second player to score two fifties in a Test while batting at number 9 (or lower). Only other player to do so is Australia’s Peter Siddle, who made 51 and 50 against India at Delhi in 2012-13.
Bhuvneshawar Kumar became only the fourth Indian player to score fifties in both innings and take a five-wicket haul in the same Test. Others to do so are:
Vinoo Mankad 72 & 184; 5-196 vs England at Lord’s in 1952
Polly Umrigar 56 & 172*; 5-107 vs West Indies at Port-of-Spain in 1961-62
Rusi Surti 70 & 53; 5-74 vs Australia at Adelaide in 1967-68
Bhuvneshwar Kumar 58 & 63*; 5-82 vs England at Trent Bridge in 2014
Alastair Cook took his maiden Test wicket when he dismissed Ishant Sharma. Cook now holds the record of taking most Tests (105) to claim maiden wicket. Mark Boucher held the previous record with 84 Tests.
The last three wickets (eighth, ninth and tenth) in the match produced 548 runs, which are the most in a single Test. The previous record was 498 in Adelaide Test in 1907-08 between Australia and England.
The match ended in a draw. It was only the fourth time (out of 17) that India did not lose the opening Test of a series in England. On all three previous such occasions India went on to win the series! In 1971, 1986 and 2007.
England have now not registered a win in their last 9 Tests. Last time England suffered this fate was in 1992-93 when England did not win any of 10 consecutive Tests.
Captains want more ‘English’ wickets
Dhoni and Cook hope for livelier pitches for remaining Tests
As the first Test between England and India meandered to a draw after five days of swinging fortunes, both captains were convinced the Trent Bridge wicket was not the kind they would necessarily like to play the coming Tests.
The pitch was dormant without any bounce or turn, and produced a high-scoring game with very little for the bowlers to write home about. Both MS Dhoni and Alastair Cook hoped for more “English” conditions for the remaining four Tests of the series.
“When you go to a country to play cricket, you want to be faced with the specialty of that country,” Dhoni said. “England is known for the swinging ball and overcast conditions and I hope there is more life in the wickets we play on next.”
Cook echoed Dhoni’s views and claimed that the Indian batsmen were more at home on this pitch than the hosts. “That Nagpur pitch we played on in 2012, this was a very similar wicket to that,” he said.
“Hopefully we will get back to some English conditions where the bounce will be even. On the first day of the Test it took us about 45 minutes to realize that this is not a normal Trent Bridge wicket where the ball flies to third slip. We knew we have to adapt, have catches in front of the square and wait for the ball to reverse.”
Both skippers were impressed with the way their bowlers toiled in unhelpful conditions. “On a wicket like this, our bowlers did really well,” Dhoni said. “We bowled close to 160 overs and their effort was great throughout and they kept coming in hard despite bowling so many overs. It was a fantastic effort by the pacers.”
While overall the Test belonged to the batsmen, there was a scare for the Indians on the morning of the fifth day when the ball was reversing in wet conditions. India lost three quick wickets after which Stuart Binny, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Ravindra Jadeja steadied the ship. Binny, in particular, was the savior with his knock of 78.
Dhoni was all praise for the debutant. “It was a very important partnership in the context of the game. At that point we were not very safe because there was a lot of time left and we would have struggled to defend the number of runs we had at that time. It was a much needed partnership. Not many of our batsmen have the experience of batting under the pressure of saving a Test match. Games like this give them that exposure. It was really nice that when the pressure was put on us there were individuals who stood up to the occasion,” the skipper said.
While Binny played an important role with the bat, his bowling services were not utilized to the fullest, as he bowled only 10 overs in the match. Dhoni said the wicket didn’t suit his style of bowling and hoped he will play a bigger role with the ball in the coming matches.
“We were hampered a bit despite playing five bowlers because the wicket didn’t suit Stuart Binny’s style of bowling,” Dhoni said. “But since Jadeja could exploit the rough patches, I wasn’t forced to give Stuart more overs. And although Stuart bowled only 10 overs, he helped me keep the frontline pacers fresh and it was a good effort from his side. We hope the wickets in the coming matches are slightly more helpful to the pacers so that he can swing the ball and pick some wickets while allowing the main pacers some rest.”