The highly anticipated England tour of India commences from February 5. India will be hosting England for 4 Tests, 5 T20Is and 3 ODIs. The first two matches will be played at Chennai while the last two will be held at Ahmedabad.
When the two cricketing supergiants clash in India, it will be the most-watched bilateral series in the cricket fraternity at the moment. The two teams have always got the best out of each other. Be it ICC tournaments or bilateral series, the two highly competitive teams have given the fans and followers a series of great matches and individual performances. The two teams have produced several great batsmen over the period and have put match-winning performances with the bat which proved vital for their team. Let’s have a look at the top three batting performances between India and England in the longest format.
1.Kevin Pietersen 186 (Mumbai 2012)
After winning the toss India chose to bat, a century from Cheteshwar Pujara helped India to put on 327 on the board. In reply, the visiting England team scored 413 runs at the loss of 10 wickets. It was a difficult turning pitch which created a lot of difficulties for the batsmen. Kevin Pietersen countered the Indian spin attack and went on to score 186 which proved vital for England in defeating India in their home conditions.
- Alastair Cook 294 (Edgbaston 2011)
After winning the toss England chose to ball, the visiting Indian team scored 224 runs in the first innings. In response, Alastair Cook took the charge and led the innings. The opener went on to score 294 runs with 33 fours, it was the sixth-highest score by an English batsman. The hosts declared their innings on 710/7 and they went on to win the match by 242 runs.
- Sachin Tendulkar 103* (Chennai 2008)
India was chasing 387 in the fourth innings in the first Test match of the bilateral series in Chennai. After a blazing start by Virender Sehwag early in the chase, India was in a comfortable position. After two wickets fell in a not so long time, Sachin Tendulkar came to the crease, took his time and started putting the bad balls away. The master-blaster took calculated risks and kept the scoreboard ticking, he had an unbeaten crucial partnership with Yuvraj Singh. Tendulkar went on to score 103 not-out and took his team home in a comprehensive six wickets victory.