Battle time © Getty Images
Battle time © Getty Images

England beat India in the first Test of the five-match series, at Edgbaston, Birmingham, by 31 runs after ten sessions of intense battle. Virat Kohli waged a lone battle with bat for India, top-scoring in each innings with 149 and 51. However, his efforts were trumped by 20-year-old Sam Curran, playing only his second Test, who took 4 for 74 and 1 for 18 to go with his 24 and 63. The teams now move to Lord’s, where England will take field without Ben Stokes. Ahead of the Test, here is a statistical preview.

2 wins for India at Lord’s (in 1986 and 2011), their joint-most at any English venue. India have also won 2 Tests at Headingley (1986 and 2002) and 1 each at The Oval (1971) and Trent Bridge (2007).

1 defeat in the 2nd Test of a series in England for India since 1974. India’s record since 1974 reads draw (1979, Lord’s), draw (1982, Old Trafford), win (1986, Headingley), draw (1990, Old Trafford), draw (1996, Lord’s), draw (2002, Trent Bridge), win (2007, Trent Bridge), loss (2011, Trent Bridge), and win (2011, Lord’s) — 3 wins, 1 draw, and 5 defeats.

0.193 India’s win-loss ratio in England (6 wins, 31 defeats). However, the number looks better (0.455) since 1986 (5 wins, 11 defeats).

1 win needed by Kohli as captain to go past Sourav Ganguly (21) and reach second spot among Indian captains in history. Only MS Dhoni (27) has won more Tests as captain.

6 wickets needed by James Anderson to reach the 100-wicket mark at Lord’s. No fast bowler has taken a hundred Test wickets at a single ground. Heath Streak (83 wickets at Harare Sports Club is second on the list). In fact, Anderson is the only non-Sri Lankan in the top six: the other entries are Muttiah Muralitharan (166 wickets at SSC, 117 at Kandy, 111 at Galle) and Rangana Herath (99 wickets at Galle, 84 at SSC).

67 runs needed by Murali Vijay (3,933) to reach the 4,000-run mark in Test cricket. Vijay will become the 16th Indian and 128th overall to the landmark.

90 runs needed by Ajinkya Rahane (2,910) to reach the 3,000-run mark in Test cricket. Rahane will become the 22nd Indian and 191st overall to the landmark.

12 runs needed by Stuart Broad (2,988) to reach the 3,000-run mark in Test cricket. Broad will become the 43rd English cricketer and 191st overall to the landmark.

4 cricketers have done the 3,000 run-400 wicket double in Test cricket — Kapil Dev (5,248 runs, 434 wickets), Richard Hadlee (3,124 and 431), Shane Warne (3,154 and 708), and Shaun Pollock (3,781 and 421). Broad (2,988 and 419) is very close to the landmark.

3 wickets needed by Broad (419) to break through to the top ten in the list of all-time wicket-takers. Broad is 2 wickets behind Pollock and Dale Steyn. His teammate Anderson is at 5th spot, with 544.

54 runs needed by Jos Buttler (946) to reach the 1,000-run mark in Test cricket. Buttler will become the 102nd English cricketer and 536th overall to the landmark.

5 English cricketers have done the 2,500 run-100 wicket double in Test cricket — Ian Botham (5,200 runs, 383 wickets), Tony Greig (3,599 and 141), Andrew Flintoff (3,795 and 219), Broad (2,988 and 419), and Stokes (2,606 and 104). Moeen Ali (2,495 and 133) is very close to the landmark. In all, 22 cricketers have achieved this.

2 uncapped players in the Indian squad — Rishabh Pant and Shardul Thakur. They may add to the list of 290 Indian capped players.

2 uncapped players in the English squad — Jamie Porter and Ollie Pope. They may add to the list of 686 English capped players.