The test series between England and In the is ready to starts from Wednesday (August 4) at Trent Bridge in Nottingham. Both teams will play up to five games in the upcoming series.
The iconic Lords Cricket Ground in London is hosting the second match, while the third match is being played at Headingley Stadium in Leeds. Similarly, the last two matches will take place at Kennington Oval in London and Old Trafford in Manchester.
Fans expect a series of series and a high-quality batting performance from both sides. History also indicates that England and India have always competed in the best matches with some sensational performances by the batsmen.
Of Sachin Tendulkar on Alastair Cook, both countries produced top-class batsmen who entertained the fans of the match with their astonishing performances. On this note, today we look at the top five scorers in England-India Tests:
5.) Gundappa Viswanath – 1880 runs
Legendary Indian batter Gundappa Rangnath Viswanath was the crisis man for his team. He was known for his brilliant stroke play and incredible ability to turn at pace and evenly. His rope wrist work, classic late shot shots and footwork against the spinners made him one of the greatest Indian batsmen of all time.
Vishwanath played up to 91 Test matches for India, in which he scored 6080 runs at an average of 41.93. The Mysore boy smashed 14 hundred and 35 half-centuries, with 222 being his best score. Against England, the right-handed batsman made 1880 runs in 30 games, including 4 tons and 12 fifties.
4.) Rahul Dravid – 1950 runs
Known as the ‘Wall of Indian Cricket’, Rahul Dravid was a highly capable batsman. Dravid has taken India to new heights, especially in the challenging conditions overseas. He belongs to the elite list of cricketers who have scored more than 13,000 runs in the longest format.
The Karnataka stalwart played 163 Tests and scored 13,625 runs with 36 hundreds and 63 half-centuries, including five double tons. Dravid had a lot of success against England. The former Indian captain has appeared in 21 matches against England, where he managed to score 1950 runs, including seven centuries and fifty-eight.
3.) Alastair Cook – 2431 runs
The only Englishman in this elite list is none other than the former English captain and opening batsman Alastair Cook. The left-handed victim was probably one of the best Test players ever produced by English cricket. Under his leadership, England reached several new heights.
Cook played 161 Test matches, in which he managed to pick up 12,472 runs at an average of 45.35. The Gloucester cricketer batted 33 centuries and 57 halftones, with 294 his best score.
Cook’s incredible record against India can be understood by the simple fact that both his first Test and previous century came against India. The quality opening team played 30 matches against India and scored 2341 runs with the help of seven hundred.
2.) Sunil Gavaskar – 2483 runs
Former Indian skipper Sunil Gavaskar is second on this list. Gavaskar was the first player in the history of red ball cricket to exceed the 10,000-run standard. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest opening batsmen of all time.
The Little Master has appeared in 125 Test matches in his glorious career, scoring 10,122 runs, including 34 tons and 45 fifties. He averaged 51.12 in the oldest format, with an unbeaten 236 as his best score. Even against England, the Mumbaikar was a dominant victim. In 38 Tests against England, Gavaskar scored 2483 runs with the help of 4 centuries and 16 halftones.
1.) Sachin Tendulkar – 2535 runs
Indian batting venom and the most productive runners of all time, Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar, is the list leader. Tendulkar is an undisputed champion and probably the most celebrated cricketer the match has ever known. A straight ride, back foot push, leg lift, rowing track, cover sheet, square cut and what not, Tendulkar had every shot in his armor.
The Mumbaikar has completed his excellent Test career as the highest scorer and century-maker in the history of the fascinating game. Tendulkar picked up 15,921 runs in 200 Tests on a brilliant average of 53.78. He smashed 51 hundred and 68 half centuries in the red ball format.
In terms of his performance against England, he scored 2535 runs in 32 matches at a remarkable average of 51.73. The right-handed batsman beat England for seven centuries and 13 fifties, with 193 being his best score.