In what promises to be an enticing and mouth-watering prospect, India and England will battle it out in a five-match Test series. This series will get underway on 4th August 2021 and will be India’s first assignment of the second cycle of the World Test Championship (WTC).
India and England have produced stunning action on the cricket field over the years in the whites, and the contest between these two heavyweights has always been a visual treat for fans. And, there have been several Indian willow wielders who have immortalized themselves in the hearts of the connoisseurs of the game with their ravishing display against the England side.
In this article, let us take a look at 5 Indian batsmen who have scored the most runs against England in the longest and most demanding format of the game.
5. Virat Kohli
The 5th place in the list is occupied by the modern batting genius of Indian cricket, Virat Kohli. The current Indian skipper has played 41 innings in Test cricket against the England side and has plundered 1742 runs at an average of 45.84.
The 32-year-old has also scored 5 centuries and 7 half-centuries against England in Test cricket as well. Kohli’s highest score against England came in December 2016, when he smashed a magical 235 in Mumbai. The right-handed batting behemoth scored 25 fours and a six in his sparkling knock and helped India defeat England by an innings and 36 runs.
Kohli has played 92 Test matches for India and scored 7547 runs in Test cricket, at an excellent average of 52.04. He is also the only Indian batsman to score 7 double centuries in Test cricket as well. India’s fortunes in the upcoming Test series will depend a lot on how their batting talisman, Virat Kohli fares with the willow in hand against the England bowling attack.
4. Gundappa Viswanath
Gundappa Viswanath occupies the 4th spot in this list. The right-handed batting great played 54 innings for India against England in Test cricket and scored 1880 runs at a decent average of 37.60. Viswanath also scored 4 hundreds and 12 fifties against the England side in Test cricket.
Viswanath’s effervescent 222 against England in the year 1982 will go down as one of the greatest knocks played by the right-handed batting legend in his Test career. In a 374-ball classic, Viswanath scored 31 fours and helped India declare their first innings with their scorecard reading 481/4. The match ended in a draw.
Viswanath played 91 Test matches in his career and scored 6080 runs at an average of 41.93. He scored 14 centuries and 35 half-centuries in his career. Viswanath played his last Test match for India in the year 1983.
3. Rahul Dravid
Rahul Dravid loved batting against England. And, the numbers that the right-handed batting legend generated against England in Test cricket stands testimony to this fact. Dravid played 37 innings against the England side and amassed 1950 runs at a whopping average of 60.93.
‘The Wall’ also scored 7 centuries and 8 half-centuries against the England side in his career. While he scored a flawless 217 at the Kennington Oval in the year 2002 in a drawn encounter, Dravid also scored a patient 148 at Headingley that allowed India to demolish England by an innings and 46 runs.
Dravid played a staggering 164 Test matches and scored 13288 runs at an excellent average of 52.31. The batting legend scored 36 hundreds and 63 fifties in his career. Dravid is also the second-highest run-scorer for India in Tests after Sachin Tendulkar.
2. Sunil Gavaskar
With 2483 runs in 67 innings, Sunil Gavaskar occupies second place in the list of Indian batsmen with the most Test runs against England. The ‘Little Master’ averaged 38.20 in Tests played against England, and also scored 4 hundreds and 16 fifties against the England cricket team as well.
Gavaskar’s highest score against England is the 221 that he crafted with the willow in the year 1979 at the Kennington Oval. India was set a daunting target of 438 for victory, and Gavaskar stood firm against the England bowling attack. He occupied the crease for 443 deliveries, and scored a fantastic double century, and helped India draw the Test match.
Gavaskar is the third-highest run-scorer for the Indian side in Test cricket and scored a staggering 10122 runs at an average in excess of 50. The legendary batsman also scored 34 hundreds and 45 fifties for India as well. Gavaskar played his last international match for India in the year 1987.
1. Sachin Tendulkar
While the cricket-loving public enjoyed every moment of Sachin Tendulkar dissecting the England bowling attack in Test cricket, the bowlers had a hard time bowling to this batting Genius. The ‘God of cricket’ is the most prolific run-scorer for India against England in Test cricket, and scored a staggering 2535 runs in 53 innings at an average of 51.73.
Tendulkar also scored 7 centuries and 13 half-centuries against the England side through the course of his unmatched Test career. There are several gems that Tendulkar conjured against England. He scored a stunning 193 at Headingley and enabled the Indian side to inflict an innings defeat upon England.
And, another Tendulkar special that will be remembered by the fans for a long time is the 103* that he scored against England at Chennai in the year 2008. India was chasing a daunting target of 387 for victory in the second innings, and the master stood up to help India go past the finish line with 6 wickets to spare.
Sachin Tendulkar is the only cricketer in history to play 200 Test matches and is also the only batsman to have scored over 50 Test centuries as well. He finished his Test career with a whopping 15921 runs to his name, and no batsman is even within touching distance of Tendulkar’s run tally in Test cricket. Tendulkar took guard for India for the final time in the whites in November 2013, and bid adieu to the sport in his home city of Mumbai.
Note: All the stats have been taken from Cricinfo and Howstat cricket and have been updated as on 29th July 2021
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