England vs India Test series starts post WTC final.
India will play a five-match Test series against England with the first match beginning on August 4 at Nottingham. Earlier this year, India had defeated England 3-1 in the Test series at home, and claimed a place in the final of World Test Championship on June 18.
England would eye revenge of their loss to India earlier this year. However, India would be better prepared this time as they have ample time to get adjusted to the conditions in England.
England and India Test series provides some great performances with the bat. But there have been a few instances when cricketers have fallen just a run short of a milestone.
CricChronicle takes a look at instances when cricketers have been dismissed for 99 or 199 in England vs India Test series.
Marcus Trescothick’s 99 at Ahmedabad in 2001
The former English cricketer was the first to be dismissed for 99 in England vs India Tests. He was butchering the Indian bowling attack at a strike rate of 63 in the Ahmedabad Test in 2001. However, leg-spinner Anil Kumble managed to get an edge off Trescothick’s bat to keeper Deep Dasgupta. The stylish left-handed Englishman scored 99 runs off 156 balls with 11 fours and 1 six. The match ended in a draw.
Sourav Ganguly’s 99 at Nottingham in 2002
India were trailing 0-1 going into the second Test at Nottingham. They were again trailing by 260 runs going into the second innings. They were on the backfoot straightaway losing 2 wicket for 11 runs in the second innings, but the middle-order bounced back with Rahul Dravid scoring 115. Captain Sourav Ganguly led from the front, scoring at a brisk pace, and looking well set for a ton. But Steve Harminson breached Ganguly’s defence and bowled him out for 99 runs. However, India managed to draw the match.
MS Dhoni’s 99 at Nagpur in 2012
India needed to win the fourth Test at Nagpur in 2012 to draw the series 2-2. And they were 71/4 in the first innings looking to overhaul England’s total of 330. Virat Kohli and skipper MS Dhoni then chewed up all risks to tire out the England bowlers. They put up 198-run stand in 85 overs scoring at just 2 runs per over.
But after Kohli’s departure for 103, Dhoni looked to anchor the innings. With a run needed for a ton, Dhoni drove straight to mid-off to Alastair Cook, but could not beat the throw from the England captain and was run-out for 99. India drew the match, but lost the series 2-1.
KL Rahul’s 199 at Chennai in 2016
India was going into the fifth Test at Chennai in 2016 leading by a 3-0 margin. England had scored a big first-innings total of 477. But India replied strongly, with openers Parthiv Patel and KL Rahul putting up 152-run stand for the opening wicket. Rahul kept on going, and was looking good for a double ton and more.
After being stranded for 199 for some time, frustration got the better of Rahul, and he slashed a wide delivery from Adil Rashid straight to point to Jos Buttler, and was left heartbroken. But he had no choice, and made a painful walk back to the pavilion. However, Rahul’s 199 was overshadowed by KL Rahul’s 303 not out. India went on to win the match, and bagged the series 4-0.