As India and England go head to head once again, we will see India’s top 5 Test run-scorers against the Three Lions in Test cricket since 2011.
Alastair Cook’s England team in 2012 was the last visiting side to win a Test series in India. After that, England have played two Test series in India and lost by 4-0 and 3-1. In this period, India toured England thrice, losing the series twice and drawing it once.
While England are riding on the high of Bazball’s success and hype, India remain the strongest force at home, having won 16 consecutive Test series since losing to England in 2012.
India were a team in transition in 2012; they are a team in transition in 2024. One batsman who has remained constant is Virat Kohli, who has scored more runs for India against England since 2011.
India’s Top 5 Test Run-Scorers against England since 2011:
Virat Kohli – 1991 runs
While Kohli had a horrific 2014 tour of England, he has mostly been on top in all other series. In 28 Tests against England, Kohli has scored 1991 runs at an average of 42, notching up 5 centuries. He had a bumper tour in 2018, where he amassed 518 runs.
Cheteshwar Pujara – 1778 runs
Pujara’s first Test innings against England was a magnificent double century in Ahmedabad in 2012. He went on to make 1778 runs against England in 27 Tests at an average of 39, raising 5 hundreds. Pujara is now out of the Test side.
Ravichandran Ashwin -0 970 runs
R Ashwin’s name might be a surprise here, but the Tamil Nadu off-spinner has piled up some significant scores against England at home. He has 970 runs against England in 19 Tests at an impressive average of 37, which includes six half-centuries and a century in Chennai a couple of years ago.
KL Rahul – 847 runs
KL Rahul has scored 847 runs against England in 12 Tests at an average of 38 with the help of three centuries, two of them were in England. Rahul is back in the Indian Test team, now as a middle-order batter and wicketkeeper.
Ajinkya Rahane – 840 runs
Senior batsman Ajinkya Rahane aggregated 840 runs against England in 21 Test matches at a sub-standard average of 22. He managed one century against England, back in 2014 at Lord’s.