India vs England Test records: From Pietersen to Tendulkar- Check top 5 highest individual scores in India

India vs England Test records: Top 5 highest individual scores in India- Following a successful tour of Australia, Team India is all set to host England in a 4-match Test series commencing on February 5th. Like India, the England cricket team comes into the series high on confidence after winning the series against Sri Lanka.

The upcoming series promises tons of action. Keeping that in mind, let’s look at the top individual scorers in India-England Tests.

1. Kevin Pietersen 186- Mumbai, 2012

One of the best knock by an English batsman on Indian soil, Kevin Pietersen’s innings was a sheer testament of his incredible prowess.

Following a harsh defeat by a margin of nine wickets at Ahmedabad, England were struggling once again in the first innings of the 2nd test at Mumbai having lost two wickets for 68 runs.

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Playing three world-class spinners in Harbhajan, Ashwin and Pragyan Ojha- Pietersen scored a blistering 186 from just 233 balls needs some real courage and extraordinary stroke play. Pietersen did what he was best at; counter attack. His knock included 20 fours and 4 sixes; which means 104 runs out of 186 came from boundaries, such was his dominance.

2. Sachin Tendulkar 103*- Chennai, 2008
One of India’s most memorable series after the horrific 26/11 Mumbai attack, the victory of India in this Test made the emotional moment memorable. Leading the charge from the front was none other than Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar, who played a match winning knock of 103.

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Chasing a total of 387 in the 4th innings in Chennai was a mammoth task and India created history by chasing that successfully because of this knock.

3. Alastair Cook 190 – Kolkata, 2012

Alastair Cook is one of those English batsmen who dominated India in the subcontinent. The way he used to deal with Indian spinners was exemplary. This was the 3rd game of the classic 2012 series, and India had scored 316 runs in their first innings.

In reply, England were able to score 523 runs by virtue of this marathon knock of Captain Cook. He showed enormous resistance on that turning track and faced 377 deliveries. He waited for the bad deliveries to cash in and hit 23 beautiful fours and two sixes on his way to 190. Unfortunately, he got run out and couldn’t complete his double hundred, but this innings set the tone for a memorable victory for England to be cherished for ages as they later went on to win the series 2-1.

4. Virat Kohli 235 – Mumbai, 2016

The year 2016 completely belonged to Virat Kohli and this knock added just another feather to the King’s crown. India had a great lead of 2-0 in the series before heading to this game and England posted a solid total of 400 runs in their first innings after deciding to bat first.

India were 146 for 2 when Kohli entered the centre. He formed a good partnership of 116 runs with Murali Vijay, but it was his partnership of 241 runs with Jayant Yadav for the 8th wicket that set the stage for a victory for India. His knock of 235 included 25 gorgeous fours and a lone six. He was in sublime touch throughout this innings and dominated all the English bowlers. This was his third double century in tests in 2016 and this knock was instrumental for India to take a huge lead of 231 runs and accomplishing an innings victory.

5. Karun Nair 303*-Chennai, 2016

It was the fifth and final Test of the series and India had already grabbed the trophy by taking an unassailable lead of 3-0 in the five-match series. After winning the toss, England had posted a very impressive score of 477 runs in the first innings thanks to a brilliant 146 from Moeen Ali.

In reply, India started their innings with a positive note, but lost three quick wickets within 59 runs including the wicket of their premier batsman, Virat Kohli, and thus were a little bit bothered. Karun Nair, who was playing just his third game, went to bat at number 5. The ball was gripping on the surface, England had three spinners and India were still trailing by 266 runs; so batting was not an easy task at all.

Karun Nair first did the rescue operation by forming a consolidating stand of 161 runs with KL Rahul, which took India to a safer position. He reached his double hundred in 306 balls and then raced to his triple hundred within next 75 balls; which was phenomenal. He dominated the English spinners by playing cuts, sweeps, reverse sweeps, pulls and lofted shots down the ground. This innings was a proper exhibition of matured batting. He superbly paced his innings and India took a lead of a huge 282 runs having played just 32 odd overs more than England. It was a very important achievement in the context of the match and India won the game by an innings and 75 runs after bowling out England easily.