India defeated England in the fifth Test match in Chennai by an innings and 75 runs, clinching the series 4-0. The Test was headed towards a draw on the fifth day but with a stupendous bowling performance from Indian bowlers, especially Ravindra Jadeja, India managed to turn the Test on its head.
This was just the second time in cricket history that India had managed to win four Tests in a series. This was India’s fifth series win in a row, which is also India’s joint longest stretch of series wins. This streak started against Sri Lanka with a 2-1 win last year. India then beat South Africa at home by 3-0, West Indies 2-0 away and New Zealand 3-0 at home before this series’ win.
Virat Kohli won the Man of the series award for the first time in Test cricket, for his outstanding performance with the bat. He scored 655 runs in five matches at an average of 109.16 in the series. In doing so, he became the first Indian player to win a Man of the series award in all three formats. Karun Nair won the Man of the match award for his record breaking knock of 303* runs in the fifth Test.
England captain Alastair Cook won the toss in the fifth Test and decided to bat first. He completed 11,000 runs in Test cricket on the very first ball of the Test. He became the tenth batsman to reach the landmark of 11,000 runs in Test cricket. He became the youngest batsman to reach the milestone (31 years and 257 days). He also took the least time from debut (10 years and 290 days) to achieve the landmark.
Joe Root notched up his thirteenth fifty-plus score in 2016 in Tests by scoring 88 runs in the first innings of this Test. He equaled his own record from last year for the most fifty-plus scores in a calendar year. Virender Sehwag is the only other player to have 13 fifty-plus scores in a calendar year in Tests. He achieved the feat in 2010.
This was Joe Root’s eleventh fifty (or more) against India from 11 Tests, as he had scored at least fifty (or more) in each of the 11 Tests that he played against India. This is the second best in-terms of consecutive Tests in which a batsman – who has batted at least one innings of the match – scored at least one fifty (or more) against any opposition. The best run by any player against an opposition was Don Bradman's, who scored fifty (or more) in 14 consecutive Tests against England.
Joe Root also became the first player to score at least one fifty (or more) in all five matches of a Test series on two occasions. However, Root missed an opportunity to break Michael Vaughan’s record of scoring most runs by an England batsman in a calendar year in Tests, along with Jonny Bairstow.Jonny Bairstow scored 50 runs in this Test and by scoring 50 runs, he has now set a new record of scoring most runs by an England wicket-keeper in a Test series against India. Jonny Bairstow scored 352 runs in the series at an average of 44.00.
He broke the record of Dick Spooner, who scored 319 runs in a Test series against India as an England wicket-keeper in 1951/52. Jonny Bairstow’s tally of 352 runs is also the most by an England wicket-keeper in a Test series played in Asia.
Moeen Ali registered his fourth century of this year by scoring 146 runs in the first innings of this Test. His four centuries in this year is the most by any batsman along with Virat Kohli in Test cricket. He also became the sixth England batsman to score two or more centuries in a Test series in India after Ken Barrington (1961-62), Colin Cowdrey (1964), Mike Gatting (1984-85), Andrew Strauss (2008) and Alastair Cook (2012).
In this year, four England batsmen have scored more than 1000 runs in Tests – Joe Root (1477), Jonny Bairstow (1470), Alastair Cook (1270) and Moeen Ali (1078). This was just the fifth instance of four players scoring 1000 or more runs in a calendar year for a team and second such instance for England after 2006.
Liam Dawson made his Test debut for England in this Test and scored 66* runs in the first innings. He became the eighth England debutant to hit a fifty batting at number eight in Tests. His tally of 66 runs is now also the most by an England debutant batting at number right or lower in Tests surpassing Darren Gough who made 65 runs batting at number nine on his Test debut for England at Old Trafford in 1994. Dawson also became the fourth overseas batsman to hit a fifty on Test debut batting number eight or lower in Tests in India.
In this Test, in England’s first innings, Adil Rashid made 60 runs batting at number nine for England and it provided only the second instance in India when two batsmen batting at number eight or lower got fifty-plus scores. The other instance came in 1987 when Imran Khan and Wasim Akram scored 135* runs and 62 runs batting at number eight and number nine respectively for Pakistan, also at Chepauk. Overall, this was ninth such instance for England when two batsmen batting at number eight or lower got fifty-plus scores in a same Test innings.
Lokesh Rahul and Parthiv Patel added 152 runs in India’s first innings for the opening wicket, which is the most by an Indian opening pair against England in Tests played in India. The previous best was 135 added by Farokh Engineer and Sunil Gavaskar at Mumbai (BS) in 1973.
Overall, it was the third highest opening partnership for India against England in Tests. The last century opening partnership for India before this Test came in June 2015, when Murali Vijay and Shikhar Dhawan added 283 runs against Bangladesh in Fatullah. Rahul and Patel became the sixth Indian opening pair to register a century stand in their first partnership.KL Rahul became the ninth player to be dismissed on 199 in Tests. He became only the second Indian batsman after Mohammad Azharuddin to be dismissed on 199 in Tests. Azharuddin was dismissed on 199 against Sri Lanka at Kanpur in 1986. He became only the fourth opener in Tests to be dismissed on 199 after Mudassar Nazar (1984), Matthew Elliott (1997) and Sanath Jayasuriya (1997).
KL Rahul’s 199 in India’s first innings is also the most by an Indian opening batsman against England after Sunil Gavaskar’s 221 runs at the Oval in 1979. This is also KL Rahul’s personal best in Tests, surpassing 158 runs which he made against West Indies at Kingston this year.Karun Nair became the second Indian batsman to make a triple-hundred in Tests after Virender Sehwag. Sehwag achieved the feat twice in his Test career: 319 runs against South Africa at Chennai in 2007-08 and 309 runs against Pakistan at Multan in 2003-04. Nair became only the third batsman to convert a maiden Test century into a triple century.Nair’s 303 in this Test is also the third highest by a batsman batting at number five or lower in Tests. Nair took just three innings to make his first triple century in Test cricket, which is the least by any batsman. The quickest batsman to achieve that feat before him was Len Hutton, who made his first triple-century in nine innings.
Nair scored 232 runs on the fourth day of this Test, which is the third most by any Indian batsman in a day’s play in Tests. The most runs by any batsman in a day’s play in Tests is 309 scored by Don Bradman, against England at Leeds in 1930 on the first day.Nair became the sixth youngest batsman to score a triple century in Test cricket. Garry Sobers was the youngest as he hit a triple century at the age of 21 years and 213 days.Nair became the sixth Indian player to score a century in this series, the joint most for India in a Test series. India had six against New Zealand in 1955-56, against England in 1964-65 and against West Indies in 1978-79.
India made 759/7d in their first innings which is their highest innings total in Tests. Their previous highest total was 726/9d which they made against Sri Lanka at Mumbai (BS) in 2009. Overall, this was the seventh highest innings total in Tests. The highest innings total in Tests is 952/6d made by Sri Lanka against India at Colombo (RPS) in 1997.Ravichandran Ashwin became the fifth player to score 300 runs and take 25 wickets in a Test series. The others who have achieved the feat are George Giffen (in 1894/95 v Eng), Aubrey Faulkner (in 1909/10 v Eng), Richie Benuad (in 1957/58 v SA) and Ian Botham (in 1981 v Aus). Ashwin scored 306 runs and took 28 wickets in the recently concluded Test series against England.
Ravindra Jadeja took 10 for 154 in this Test and it was his first ten-wicket haul in Test cricket. His figures of 7 for 48 in England’s second innings are his best figures in Tests. His previous best innings figure was 6 for 138 at Durban in 2013-14. Jadeja also became the first ever player in Test history to score a fifty, take a ten-wicket haul and take four catches in a Test match.
India won this Test by an innings and 75 runs and this was their eighteenth consecutive Test without a defeat which is now India’s longest ever unbeaten run. India’s previous longest unbeaten run was between September 1985 and March 1987 of 17 Tests.Kohli has now led India in 18 successive Tests without a defeat, which is also the joint most for any Indian captain along with Sunil Gavaskar, who had also led India in 18 consecutive Tests without a defeat from 1976 to 1980. This was teh fourteenth win for Kohli in his first 22 Tests as a captain of India – the most for an Indian captain after 22 Tests.
This was India’s ninth win in Tests this year, which is also the most for India in a calendar year in Tests, going past eight victories in 2010. On the other hand, this was England’s eighth Test loss this year, which is the joint second most for any team behind Bangladesh’s nine in 2013.
England's defeat in this match was England's 22nd defeat under Cook in Tests which is now the highest among all England captains, eclipsing Michael Atheron’s tally of 21 Test losses as an England captain.
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Updated Date: Dec 21, 2016 17:33:40 IST