Top 5 Individual Knocks Between India And England In Test Cricket
There have been many brilliant batting performances in the 122 Tests played so far between Indian and England, starting 1932.
As the Virat Kohli-captained India prepare to clash with Joe Root's England in a much-anticipated four-match Test series, beginning February 5 in Chennai, here's a look at the top five top individual knocks in the history of the two teams:
Graham Gooch's 333:
Lord's, London, 1990
During the first Test of the three-match series, Gooch played a brilliant knock of 333 - containing a dropped chance from wicketkeeper Kiran More when he was on 36. Courtesy Gooch's 485-ball knock, England posted a mammoth total of 653/4 wickets (declared). In reply, India made 454, riding on centuries from Ravi Shastri (100), currently the head coach of India, and captain Mohammad Azharuddin (121). England then declared their second innings at 272/4 wickets, setting India a target of 472. India, however, failed to replicate their first innings performance and were bundled out for 224, losing by 247 runs.
Karun Nair's 303 not out:
MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai, 2016
Playing only his third Test, Nair became only the second Indian batsman to score a triple hundred after Virender Sehwag when he scored unbeaten 303 runs with the help of 32 fours and four sixes at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai in 2016. His innings helped India post their highest total in Test cricket - 759/7 wickets declared in reply to England's 477. India then bundled out England for 207, thus winning the match by 75 runs. However, curiously Nair represented India in only three more Test matches after that, his last appearance coming in 2017 against Australia.