India won the Test series against England with an innings victory in Mumbai and would like to continue their domination by dishing out yet another extra-ordinary performance in the fifth Test match starting from 16 December at Chennai. On the contrary, England have their own quandaries to solve ahead of the fifth Test if they wish to give India a tough fight. It will be toilsome for England to beat India at Chennai, knowing the fact that it is one of the happiest hunting grounds for the hosts. The last time India lost a Test here was almost 18 years ago – against Pakistan in 1999. Since then the hosts have won four of the seven Tests played in Chennai with the other three ending in draws.
Here’s a complete statistical lowdown before the fifth Test begins on Friday.
India and England have faced each other eight times at Chepauk (MA Chidambaram Stadium) with England winning three of those matches. India were victorious on four occasions while just one match ended in a draw. At Chepauk, England is the most successful visiting team with a win percentage of 37.50.
India’s win/loss ratio of 2.17 in Chennai is the joint second best for home venues that have hosted at least 20 Tests till date. India’s 13 wins at Chepauk is also the joint most for them at any home venue in Tests along with Feroz Shah Kotla.
Note: In the above chart, only those Indian grounds have been shown on which minimum 20 Tests have been played till date.
Unlike other Indian grounds, at Chepauk, teams who have batted first have not won any of the last seven Tests. Overall, teams who have batted first have won more matches than teams who have batted second at Chepauk but by seeing the recent tread both England and India will not mind bat second either.
Bat first / second at MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk, Chennai:
Matches – 31
Bat 1st won- 10 (32.26%)
Bat 2nd won- 9 (29.03%)
Drawn- 11 (35.48%)
Matches – 7
Bat 1st won- 0
Bat 2nd won- 4 (57.14 %)
Drawn- 3 (42.86%)
Vital stats at Chepauk:
Highest team total: 652/7 d by England against India in 1985
Lowest team total: 140 by New Zealand against India in 1976
Highest individual innings: 319 by Virender Sehwag against South Africa in 2008
Best bowling figures in an innings: 8/55 by Vinoo Mankand against England in 1952
Best match bowling figures: 16/136 by Narendra Hirwani against West Indies in 1988
Most runs by an individual: 1018 by Sunil Gavaskar from 12 Tests (avg. 59.88)
Most wickets by an individual: 48 by Anil Kumble from 8 Tests (avg. 19.56)
India and England have faced each other nine times in the fifth Test of a series and both have defeated each other twice while four matches ended in draws. If India wins the next Test against England then they would have beaten England for the 25th time in Test history. the most India has ever managed against any opposition in Tests. India’s win in the fifth Test will help them to win the series by a margin of 4-0 and it will be the first time that India will beat any team in a five-match Test series with that margin.
Alastair Cook needs two more runs to complete 11,000 runs in Tests. He will become the 10th player to achieve the milestone.
Ravichandran Ashwin needs three wickets to complete 250 wickets in Tests and if he takes those in the next Test then he will become the fastest bowler to achieve the feat. Currently, the record is held by Dennis Lillee who had taken 250 wickets from 48 Tests.
Another loss against India in this series will mean Alastair Cook will be an English captain with the most number of Test losses in history. Currently, he has lost 21 Tests along with Mike Atherton.
Virat Kohli needs to score 93 runs to become an Indian captain with most runs in a Test series. Currently, the record is held by Sunil Gavaskar who scored 732 runs in a Test series against West Indies as an Indian captain in 1978/79. Virat Kohli has scored 640 runs from four Tests so far in the series with an average of 128.00.
If India avoid defeat in the next Test, it will take their unbeaten run in Tests to 18 and they will break their own record in Tests that stands at 17 matches between September 1985 and March 1987.
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