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India tour of England 2014: Numbers at The Oval

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A dejected India move to The Oval for the fifth (and final) Test of the 2014 tour following the humiliating defeat at Old Trafford. Abhishek Mukherjee looks at the key numbers at England’s oldest Test ground.

The Oval (they now call it The KIA Oval) does not have the heritage and grandeur of Lord’s, but Surrey’s home ground has its own share of fans. Traditionally the venue of the last Test of the English season, The Oval has witnessed some of the most iconic contests and performances.

Let us have a look at the numbers at The Oval, then.

  First Test Tests Decided % Decided Balls Runs Wickets Ave SR Econ
The Oval

1880

96

59

61.5%

1,96,321

93,235

2,893

32.23

67.9

2.85

Old Trafford

1884

76

41

53.9%

1,47,543

67,571

2,153

30.96

68.5

2.74

Lord’s

1884

129

81

62.8%

2,58,926

1,24,252

3,950

31.46

65.6

2.88

Trent Bridge

1899

60

37

62.7%

1,30,018

59,339

1,830

32.43

71.0

2.74

Headingley

1899

73

55

75.3%

1,46,752

68,599

2,313

29.66

63.4

2.80

Edgbaston

1902

47

32

68.1%

90,900

44,518

1,400

31.80

64.9

2.94

Bramall Lane

1902

1

1

100.0%

1,564

823

40

20.58

39.1

3.16

Riverside

2003

5

5

100.0%

8,083

4,767

152

31.36

53.2

3.54

Sophia Gardens

2009

2

1

50.0%

4,147

2,339

50

46.78

82.9

3.38

Rose Bowl

2011

2

1

50.0%

3,829

2,177

54

40.31

70.9

3.42

As one can see, there is not much of a difference between the numbers at The Oval and the other English grounds. Let us, then, look back at some of the best performers at the historic ground.

Top run-scorers at The Oval:

Overall

Overseas

Indians

  R Ave   R Ave   R Ave
Len Hutton

1,521

89.47

Don Bradman

553

138.25

Rahul Dravid

443

110.75

Graham Gooch

1,097

52.23

Allan Border

478

79.67

Sachin Tendulkar

272

45.33

Wally Hammond

930

71.53

Bruce Mitchell

448

112.00

Ravi Shastri

253

84.33

Herbert Sutcliffe

916

91.60

Rahul Dravid

443

110.75

Gundappa Viswanath

241

48.20

David Gower

905

47.63

Hashim Amla

423

211.50

Sunil Gavaskar

240

60.00

Highest scores at The Oval:

Overall

Overseas

Indians

  Runs   Runs   Runs
Len Hutton

364

Hashim Amla

311*

Sunil Gavaskar

221

Hashim Amla

311*

Viv Richards

291

Rahul Dravid

217

Viv Richards

291

Bill Ponsford

266

Ravi Shastri

187

Bill Ponsford

266

Javed Miandad

260

Rahul Dravid

146*

Javed Miandad

260

Don Bradman

244

Vijay Merchant

128

Most wickets at The Oval:

Overall

Overseas

Indians

  W Ave   W Ave   W Ave
Ian Botham

52

26.51

Shane Warne

32

22.25

Kapil Dev

10

47.00

Derek Underwood

45

27.80

Michael Holding

27

14.55

Bhagwat Chandrasekhar

8

14.25

Jim Laker

40

15.95

Dennis Lillee

27

17.59

S Sreesanth

8

32.00

Tony Lock

34

15.82

Hugh Trumble

27

17.66

Srinivas Venkataraghavan

8

30.12

Bob Willis

33

28.12

Fred Spofforth

20

12.50

Mohammad Nissar

6

26.00

Bishan Bedi

6

42.83

Anil Kumble

6

58.33

Best bowling at The Oval:

Overall

Overseas

Indians

  Figures   Figures   Figures
Devon Malcolm

9/57

Muttiah Muralitharan

9/65

Bhagwat Chandrasekhar

6/38

Muttiah Muralitharan

9/65

Hugh Trumble

8/65

Raman Surendranath

5/75

Syd Barnes

8/29

Michael Holding

8/92

Harbhajan Singh

5/115

Hugh Trumble

8/65

Gerry Hazlitt

7/25

Mohammad Nissar

5/120

Michael Holding

8/92

Michael Kasprowicz

7/36

Manoj Prabhakar

4/74

Highest team scores at The Oval:

Overall

Overseas teams

India

  Scores   Scores   Scores
England

903/7 decl

Pakistan

708

India

664

Australia

701

Australia

701

India

606/9 decl

Australia

695

Australia

695

India

508

West Indies

692/8 decl

West Indies

692/8 decl

India

429/8

West Indies

687/8 decl

West Indies

687/8 decl

India

410

Lowest team scores at The Oval:

Overall

Overseas teams

India

Scores   Scores   Scores
Australia

44

Australia

44

India

98

England

52

Australia

63

India

140

Australia

63

Australia

65

India

194

Australia

65

Australia

68

India

202

Australia

68

Australia

80

India

222

Biggest partnerships at The Oval:

Overall

India

Wicket Runs

Batsmen

Runs

Batsmen

1st

290

Geoff Pullar Colin Cowdrey

213

Sunil Gavaskar Chetan Chauhan

2nd

451

Bill Ponsford Don Bradman

153

Sunil Gavaskar Dilip Vengsarkar

3rd

377*

Hashim Amla Jacques Kallis

93

Ajit Wadekar Dilip Sardesai

4th

266

Stan Worthington Wally Hammond

144

Sachin Tendulkar Amit Mishra

5th

191

Javed Miandad Imran Khan

113

Rahul Dravid VVS Laxman

6th

215

Len Hutton Joe Hardstaff jr

130

Kapil Dev Syed Kirmani

7th

142

Jack Sharp Kenneth Hutchings

110

Ravi Shastri Kapil Dev

8th

217

Tom Graveney John Murray

74

Kapil Dev Kiran More

9th

190

Asif Iqbal Intikhab Alam

36

Rahul Dravid RP Singh

10th

110

Ken Higgs John Snow

73

Anil Kumble S Sreesanth

Catch all the coverage of India’s tour to England here

(Abhishek Mukherjee is the Deputy Editor and Cricket Historian at CricketCountry. He blogs at http://ovshake.blogspot.in and can be followed on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/ovshake42)

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