Joe Root leads the way as resurgent England level series against India

Brief scorecard: India 78/10 (Rohit Sharma 19; James Anderson 3/6, Craig Overton 3/14) and 278/10 (Cheteshwar Pujara 91, Rohit 59, Virat Kohli 55; Ollie Robinson 5/65, Overton 3/47) lost to England 432/10 (Joe Root 121, Dawid Malan 70, Haseeb Hameed 68; Mohammed Shami 4/95, Jasprit Bumrah 2/59) by an innings and 76 runs

Statistical highlights of England vs India 3rd Test 2021

  • A resurgent England side bounced back strongly from their big defeat at Lord’s as they beat India by an innings and 76 runs in the third Test at Headingley to level the five-match Test series 1-1.
  • It was England’s 49th Test win over India and 35th against the same opposition on home soil.
  • England captain Joe Root laid the foundation for the win with his 23rd Test century, his sixth Test hundred of 2021, the eighth against India.
  • Having walked in with England comfortably placed at two for 159, Root stamped his authority on the Indian bowling attack and scored at a healthy strike rate of 75 for much of his knock of 121 (165).
  • Root’s 23 Test centuries puts him second—among English batsmen—only to former captain Alastair Cook’s tally of 33. Root also shares the record for most Test centuries against India (8) with an elite list of batsmen that includes Ricky Ponting, Vivian Richards and Steven Smith.
  • The century came on the back of a great day on the field for Root after his counterpart, Virat Kohli, won the toss and chose to bat first at Headingley. Root observed at the coin toss that the pitch was “tacky” on the first morning.
  • James Anderson and co. justified their captain’s assessment of the conditions as the 39-year-old seamer led an incisive bowling display with figures of 8-5-6-3 to help bowl out India for 78 in 40.4 overs on day one. It was India’s third-lowest first-innings total in Test cricket.
  • With this win, Root became the most successful English captain with 27 victories.
  • India’s batting line-up produced an improved display in their second essay with Cheteshwar Pujara making a stroke-filled 91, while Rohit Sharma (59) and Kohli (55) also struck fifties. It was Pujara’s 30th Test fifty, while Kohli and Rohit made their 26th and 14th half-centuries respectively.
  • It was India’s 16th Test defeat under Kohli’s captaincy.