January 29, 2024, will be a memorable day in England's cricket history and here are all the broken records during IND vs ENG 1st Test. The team led by Ben Stokes once again proved that they are a different bunch when it comes to playing red-ball cricket as they defied massive odds at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad to defeat India in the first of the five-match Test series.
It was a forgettable first innings for England as they could only muster 246 runs after opting to bat first and then conceded a huge 436 runs, a lead of 190, which on most occasions is enough to win by an innings in India. But for the Brits, it was yet another challenge and they overcame it handsomely thanks to Ollie Pope’s masterful 196 to set India a target of 231 runs.
Spinners were at work then with debutant Tom Hartley who endured the worst possible start to his career in the first innings running through the Indian batting line-up for fun. The result was a stunning 28-run victory for England, a come-from-behind victory which no one saw coming at all.
Expectedly, a lot of records during IND vs ENG 1st Test were broken.
Records during IND vs ENG 1st Test
England now have the most Test wins against India. They have won a massive 15 matches in 65 Tests since 1933 losing 22 while 28 games ended in a draw. Australia and West Indies have won 14 Test matches in India so far while losing 23 and 13 of them respectively.
England fielded only one specialist seamer Mark Wood in this Test match. He bowled 25 overs across both innings and didn’t pick up a single wicket conceding 62 runs. This is the fourth instance in the post-war era (since 1945) for England that no seamer picked up a single wicket for them throughout the Test match.
Left-arm spinner Hartley Tom Hartley returned with magical figures of 7/62 in the second innings of his debut Test match. These are the best figures for England in the longest format of the game in the post-war era. James Langridge bagged 7/56 against the West Indies on his debut in Manchester back in 1933 and it is one of the best broken records during IND vs ENG 1st Test.
India lost the Test match despite taking a massive first-innings lead of 190 runs. This is the highest first-innings deficit that a team overturned to win a Test match against India in India. The previous highest was by Australia who won the Test match in Madras (Chennai) in 1964 after conceding a 65-run lead in the first innings.
This is also the first time in the 91-year history of their Test cricket that India lost a Test match after taking a first-innings lead of more than 100 runs.
190 runs in the second-highest first-innings lead that a team has overturned to win a Test match in India. The highest in this aspect was 274 runs when India defeated Australia at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata back in 2001.
England’s number three batter Ollie Pope smashed a sensational 196 in the second innings of the Hyderabad Test. This is the highest score for an England batter in the second innings in India. The previous highest was of former captain Alastair Cook who had scored 176 runs in Ahmedabad during the historic series in 2012 which England had won 2-1.
England have not lost the first Test of a series in Asia for the eighth consecutive time. They last lost the series opener in India back in 2012 when India defeated them by nine wickets in Ahmedabad. However, since then, they have drawn two Tests – vs Pakistan in Abu Dhabi in 2015 and vs India in Rajkot in 2016 and won six – twice vs Sri Lanka and India each and once against Bangladesh and Pakistan. This is a brilliant effort considering the fact that a visiting team generally struggles in the first Test of a series.
England’s record in 1st Test of a series in Asia since 2012
The duo of Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja has been almost unplayable in Tests in India over the last few years. But they ended up conceding 413 runs collectively across the two innings of the Hyderabad Test. These are the second most runs they went for in 50 Test matches they have played together so far. The most they have conceded together has been 437 runs against Sri Lanka in Colombo back in 2017. They also conceded more than 100 runs each in the second innings, making it one of the many unforgettable records during IND vs ENG 1st Test.
England batters employed sweeps and reverse sweeps effectively to counter the spin challenge in Hyderabad. Interestingly, the visitors played 50 reverse sweeps and managed to eke out 14 fours out of them. These are the most by any team in a Test match in the history of the sport.
India lost the Hyderabad Test by 28 runs while chasing 231 runs. This is their fourth narrowest Test defeat in the history of their red-ball cricket. India’s narrowest defeat in the longest format came against Pakistan at Chepauk, by 12 runs, in 1999.
This is not the first time that England overhauled a first-innings deficit to win the Test match. The 190-run deficit that they overturned to win in Hyderabad is the third-highest for England in the longest format of the sport. In 1894 against Australia, England won the Test match after conceding a 261-run lead while in 1981, they won in Leeds against the same team, after falling behind by 227 runs.