Big losses and changing sides

Big losses, changing sides: India-England Test series

England's James Anderson celebrates dismissing Murali Vijay of India during day four of the Lord's Test.   -  Getty Images


The number of occasions the first day of a Test match at Lord’s Cricket Ground in London has been washed out without a ball bowled. India becomes the second side after Pakistan (on two occasions) to lose a Test at this venue after the first day was washed out.

Results when the opening day of a Test at Lord’s was washed out:

DateVisitorResultTotal days of playMiscellany
June 10, 1954PakistanDrawn2No play on first three days
June 18, 1964AustraliaDrawn3No play on first two days
June 15, 1978PakistanEngland won by an innings and 120 runs3 
June 19, 1997AustraliaDrawn3 
May 17, 2001PakistanEngland won by an innings and nine runs3 
August 9, 2018IndiaEngland won by an innings and 159 runs3 



The number of occasions that India has lost a Test match after the first day was washed out without a ball bowled.

India’s defeats when the opening day of a Test was washed out:

DateOpponentResultTotal days of playCaptain
July 4, 1974EnglandEngland won by an innings and 78 runs3Ajit Wadekar
December 19, 2002New ZealandNew Zealand won by four wickets3Sourav Ganguly
August 9, 2018EnglandEngland won by an innings and 159 runs3Virat Kohli



The number of Test matches, since July 2014, that India has not played the same XI in successive games. The last occasion was Lord’s on July 17, 2014, under M. S. Dhoni’s captaincy, when the M. Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, Stuart Binny, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami and Ishant Sharma appeared after having played the previous Test at Nottingham on July 9, 2014.

India’s record in the last 44 Tests where the same squad never played consecutive matches:

VenueTestsWonLostDrawnWin percentage


Records of Indian captains during this period:

CaptainTestsWonLostDrawnWin percentage
M. S. Dhoni50410
Virat Kohli37217956.76
Ajinkya Rahane2200100



The number of Test wickets claimed by James Anderson against India at Lord’s in four matches. Only Sri Lankan M. Muralitharan has more Test wickets at a single venue against India.

Most Test wickets by a bowler against India at one venue

29M. MuralidharanSri LankaColombo SSC317.281997-2008
28James AndersonEnglandLord’s416.322007-2018
24Imran KhanPakistanKarachi418.171978-1989
22Ian BothamEnglandWankhede, Mumbai210.861980-1981
21M. MuralidharanSri LankaGalle322.92001-2010



The number of occasions that India has lost a Test match with its batsmen facing less than 500 balls in two innings of the match. Under Virat Kohli, India has now suffered the ignominy of doing so twice.

Fewest balls faced by Indian batsmen in a lost Test match:

BallsOversFirst inningsSecond inningsOpponentVenueResultDateIndia’s captain
34958.158 in 21.4 overs82 in 36.3 oversEnglandManchesterLost by an innings and 207 runsJuly 17-19, 1952Vijay Hazare
44073.2100 in 39.1 overs66 in 34.1 oversSouth AfricaDurbanLost by 328 runsDecember 26-28, 1996Sachin Tendulkar
44474.0105 in 401. overs107 in 33.5 oversAustraliaPuneLost by 333 runsFebruary 23-27, 2017Virat Kohli
49382.199 in 38.2 overs154 in 43.5 oversNew ZealandHamiltonLost by four wicketsDecember 19-22, 2002Sourav Ganguly
49482.2107 in 35.2 overs120 in 47 oversEnglandLord’sLost by an innings and 159 runsAugust 9-12, 2018Virat Kohli


Queries Corner

Can you please list the Test matches that India has lost under Virat Kohli’s leadership. Is this the first occasion that India has lost a Test by an innings under him? – R. Bharath, Coimbatore

Since December 2014, Virat Kohli has captained India on 37 occasions and has an impressive record of 21 wins, seven losses and nine draws. This is the first time the side has lost by an innings under his captaincy.

Virat Kohli’s seven losses as Test captain

Lost by




Test number as captain

48 runs



December 2014


63 runs

Sri Lanka


August 2015


333 runs



February 2017


72 runs

South Africa

Cape Town

January 2018


135 runs

South Africa


January 2018


31 runs



August 2018


Innings and 159 runs



August 2018



R. Ashwin top-scored in each innings of the Test match at Lord’s. Is he the first Indian to do so while batting at No. 8? – Sahil Ghosh, Kolkata.

R. Ashwin is not only the first Indian but the first Asian to achieve this feat by a batsman batting at No. 8 or lower. Incidentally, he is the fifth batsman in Test cricket history to do so and the first to do so at Lord’s.


Is this true that Chris Woakes recently became only fifth player to do a rare triple, i.e. score a century, take a five-wicket haul and claim 10 wickets in the match at Lord’s? – Suresh Gattani, Delhi.

Chris Woakes joined four other players – England’s Gubby Allen in 1936, Australian Keith Miller (1956), Englishmen Ian Botham (1978) and Stuart Broad (2012) – to achieve this rare feat during their Test career at Lord’s.


In the recently concluded One-Day International series in Sri Lanka, South Africa keeper Quinton de Kock took 15 catches. Is this the most in a bilateral series? – S. Rajan, Nagpur.

Quinton de Kock’s 15 dismissals (14 catches and one stumping) is now the third best by a wicket-keeper in a five-match bilateral ODI series after Australian Brad Haddin’s 17 dismissals (16 catches and one stumping) against Pakistan in 2009-10 at home and South Africa’s Mark Boucher’s 16 catches against Pakistan in 2006-07 at home.


Note: All figures above are updated as of 16 August 2018.