The Indian team will be locking horns with England in the highly anticipated test match on 4th August 2021. Trent Bridge will be hosting the first series of the coming ICC World Test Championship. In the inaugural ICC World Test Championship India was the runners-up as they could not win against their opponent, New Zealand, in the finals whereas England could not make it to the top of the WTC table. Assuringly both the teams will be giving their best performances to start the series with an absolute blast. The series starting from tomorrow 4th August 2021 and will continue till 14 September 2021 after 5 test matches.
Both the teams have balanced squad members and the caliber to show marvelous performances on the field. Meanwhile, let’s take a look at the top five batsmen who have scored the most centuries in ENG vs IND Test series till now.
1. Alastair Cook
Alastair Cook tops the list with the most number of centuries in ENG vs IND Test series with 7 centuries in 30 test matches against India. In the longest format of cricket, it is always a bit difficult for the openers to play with the new ball especially in England. Openers need a lot of patience and endurance to remain on the pitch and score runs consistently in test cricket. Needless to say, the England opener is blessed with techniques needed to last on the pitch for a very long time. He is also the highest scorer of test centuries in England. He has also shown his proficiency and competence in the most renowned test series, ‘Ashes’ against Australia.
The start of his Test career was dreamy as he made a century in his debut match against India and continued his legacy in the next matches as well. The rise of his career was evident since his debut only and he continued his reign throughout his entire career. The former England cricketer was very resilient which helped him to succeed so well in his profession. In 54 test innings against India, he scored 7 centuries with an average of 47.66. His highest test score against India is 294.
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2. Rahul Dravid
The first Indian cricketer on this elite list is Rahul Dravid. “The wall” of Indian Cricket has always been proven to be one of the most pivotal members of the squad. e it winning the matches by his memorable knocks or brilliant captaincy, he made sure to establish the Indian cricket team in the best way possible. His techniques and shots for the longest format of the match were always eye-pleasing and entertaining. He is definitely one of the most complete test batsmen in Indian cricket history. In 21 test matches against England, he has scored 7 centuries with the highest score of 217 and an average of 60.93.
Also, he has scored the fifth-most number of Test centuries (36) and is the only cricketer with 10,000 plus test runs at the no. 3 position.
3. Sachin Tendulkar
When the topic is international centuries, one name which will always appear in the list is none other than Sachin Tendulkar. The God of cricket has not only scored the third most centuries in ENG vs IND Test series but also scored the most number of Test centuries overall. He is one of those few Indian cricketers for whom the entire team and the nation will always be proud and indebted to his contribution. With his astonishing capabilities and flawless deliveries, he has secured the topmost position in his profession for decades now. In 32 test matches against England, he has scored 7 centuries with an average of 51.73.
4. Mohammad Azharuddin
The fourth cricketer on this elite list is the former Indian captain Mohammad Azharuddin. He showed his class and potentiality during his time. His international debut in test cricket is a dream of every cricketer. He entered into the world of test cricket with a debut century against England in Eden Gardens. He continued three centuries in the next test matches as well and sport centuries in all his first 3 test matches. For his century scoring abilities, he was even considered a batting genius. These moments were the extreme highs of his career when he became the captain of the team replacing Srikkanth. He established himself as a very successful Captain and won many matches for the team as well.
Everything was going great in his professional career until he fell into the trap of match-fixing and ended his career with a lot of disgrace. He played a total of 15 test matches against England and scored 6 centuries with an average of 58.09.
5. Kevin Pietersen
The next cricketer on this list is the South African descent who played for England in all the formats of the match is Kevin Pieterson. Since the beginning of his career, he has always remained quite a talk of the town kind of cricketer. Both his style choices and cricket abilities always lead people to talk and discuss him. His rising in the England cricket team was evident due to his impressive performances on the field. For a very brief period of time, he took the responsibility of captaincy on his shoulders. He resigned after playing 3 test matches and 9 ODI matches. In only 16 matches against India, he has scored 6 centuries with an average of 58.55. and enlisted his name on this list. His highest score against India has been 202*.
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