Led by James Anderson’s mastery with the ball, England bowled out India for 192 in the second innings to register a facile 227-run win in the first Test in Chennai. Here’s the statistical round-up of yet another win for England in Asia:
4 – England’s win at Chepauk was only the fourth win by any team against India in India since the start of 2011. Three of India’s four defeats have come against England (two in 2012/13 series) while the the other came four years ago, against Australia in Pune in 2016/17. India was unbeaten in their last 14 Tests (11 wins) coming into the first Test in Chennai.
6 – This was England’s sixth consecutive Test win in Asia following the 3-0 and 2-0 victories in Sri Lanka in 2018/19 and last month, respectively. The only other visiting side to win more in succession in Asia was Australia who won seven in a row between 2002 and 2004. These are the only two instances of more than three wins in succession in Asia by non-Asian teams.
England in Asia since 2018
Opponent Venue Winning margin Season Toss
Sri Lanka Galle 211 runs 2018/19 won
Sri Lanka Pallekele 57 runs 2018/19 won
Sri Lanka Colombo SSC 42 runs 2018/19 won
Sri Lanka Galle 7 wickets 2020/21 lost
Sri Lanka Galle 6 wickets 2020/21 lost
India Chennai 227 runs 2020/21 won
2 – Visiting captains with more wins in Asia than Joe Root’s six in as many Tests. Graeme Smith led South Africa to eight wins in 21 Tests while Clive Lloyd had seven wins in 17 Tests as skipper in Asia.
26 – Wins for Root as England captain in 47 Tests at the helm. He equals fellow Yorkshire player Michael Vaughan who led England to 26 wins in 51 Tests. This was Root’s tenth win overseas as skipper surpassing Vaughan’s nine, both leading in 22 matches apiece.
Most successful England captains
Captain Mat Won Lost Draw Win % Away wins
Joe Root 47 26 15 6 55.3% 10
Michael Vaughan 51 26 11 14 51.0% 9
Alastair Cook 59 24 22 13 40.7% 8
Andrew Strauss 50 24 11 15 48.0% 5
Peter May 41 20 10 11 48.8% 4
Mike Brearley 31 18 4 9 58.1% 6
4 – India have now lost their last four Tests under Virat Kohli – two in New Zealand in 2019/20, the Adelaide Test against Australia last December and this one in Chennai – the most in a row under him. Prior to the sequence, Kohli led India to seven consecutive wins which was the most among Indian captains.
81 – Wickets taken by James Anderson in fourth innings during the course of his match-winning spell of 3/17 off 11 overs. He went past Stuart Broad’s tally of 79 wickets to sit atop England’s leading wicket takers in fourth innings of Tests.
227 – The winning margin for England in this Test, biggest in terms of runs in India and fourth biggest against India overall after the 319-run win in Nottingham in 2011, the 266-run win in Southampton in 2014 and the 247-run win in 1990.
1-This Test was the first time in 22 instances when R Ashwin picked a five-wicket in India and they ended up losing the Test. In the previous 21 instances, India won as many as 20 while one ended in a draw with scores level (vs WI, Mumbai WS, 2011).