ENG vs IND Test: Top 5 Active Indian Batters With Most Test Runs Against England

In this article, SportzPoint presents you with the top 5 active Indian batters with the most Test runs against England so far.

Arijit Barua
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The Indian cricket team is scheduled to play England in one Test, three ODIs, and three T20Is in England in the month of July. The only Test match of the tour is the rescheduled Test for the five-match Test series during India's tour of England in 2021.

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India was leading 2-1 and before they could take on England in the fifth Test in Manchester. The hosts, England were hit with a series of COVID-19 cases, and eventually, the match was deferred. Both Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the England Cricket Board (ECB) mutually decided to reschedule the fifth Test in 2022, when India was already scheduled to play white-ball fixtures.

India and England have faced each other 130 times in Test cricket alone. Out of which, England won 49 battles whereas India turned victorious on 31 occasions. Meanwhile, the rest 50 matches ended with a draw. Legendary Indian batter Sachin Tendulkar is the highest run-scorer (2535 runs in 32 Tests) in the old rivalry between these two teams. Former England captain Sir Alastair Cook leads the charts for his country with 2431 runs in 30 Tests.

Let us look at the top 5 active Indian batters who have piled up the most test runs against England.

Top 5 Active Indian Batters With Most Test Runs Against England

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#5. Ajinkya Rahane | 840

Ajinkya Rahane played his first Test series against England in the 2014 tour. Meanwhile, on the tour, he amassed 299 runs in 10 innings at an average of 33.22. He has also scored 103 in the second Test at the Lord's. On his second trip to England, Rahane scored 257 runs in the five Tests at 25.70 with the best score of 81.

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Ajinkya Rahane

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Rahane wasn't at his best in India's twin Test series at home (112 in four Tests) and away (109 in four Tests). Moreover, he lost his vice-captaincy position because of a lack of consistency. He was subsequently dropped for the Sri Lanka Test series in February. Rahane will also miss the last game of the series due to the hamstring injury that he sustained during IPL 2022.

#4. KL Rahul | 847

KL Rahul scored 199 in the Chennai Test of the five-match Test series against England. This was his first Test series against Alastair Cook & co. It was also the same game where Karun Nair slammed a triple ton to power India to a commendable 759/7 in the first innings.

The Indian opener didn't have great outings in the first four games during the 2018 tour of England but made a big testament of his guile in the Oval Test, scoring 149 in the second innings to lead India's resistance along with Rishabh Pant.

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KL Rahul

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After a two-year hiatus from red-ball cricket, the Karnataka player made a stellar comeback against England in the four Tests in 2021. Rahul replaced injured Mayank Agarwal in the five-match series. He added 315 runs in four Tests at an average of 39.38. Meanwhile, he also made it to the Lord's Honours Boards for his 129 in the second Test.

Unfortunately for the Indian team, Rahul will miss the England tour this year to travel to Germany for his medical treatment.

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#3. Ravichandran Ashwin | 970

Ravichandran Ashwin has scored 970 runs against England in 31 innings at an average of 37.30 with six fifties and one century since playing against them for the first time in 2012 in Ahmedabad. His best Test series in terms of the bat was the 2016 home series, amassing 306 runs at 43.71 with four half-centuries, only England batter Joe Root hit the same number of the fifties in that series from both sides.

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Ravichandran Ashwin

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Ashwin hit 106 in the second Test against England in Chennai during the four-match home series in 2021. The Tamil Nadu all-rounder was benched in all four Tests of India's tour of England in 2021 as Ravindra Jadeja was preferred ahead of him. Meanwhile, the off-spinning all-rounder is also doubtful for the fifth test as he tested positive for Covid-19 on June 20.

#2. Cheteshwar Pujara | 1699

Pujara's series score against England in six Test series read as follows – 438 (2012), 222 (2014), 401 (2016), 278 (2018), 133 (2021 in India), 227 (2021 in England). Cheteshwar Pujara slammed his maiden double-hundred against England in the Ahmedabad Test in 2012.

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The Saurashtra batter has accumulated 1699 runs against England in 26 Tests at 39.51 with six half-centuries and three hundred, he has scored more runs only against Australia – 1893 runs in 20 Tests. Pujara had a lean patch in the first two matches but scores of 91 and 61 regained his momentum.

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Cheteshwar Pujara

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Pujara has been named in the 16-member Test squad for the rescheduled fifth Test in Birmingham. India would rely on their experienced red-ball campaigner to score runs against Anderson & co. Pujara will also take a cue from his county stint with Sussex in the 2022 County Championship, scoring 624 runs at an average of 124.80 in just 7 innings.

#1. Virat Kohli | 2353

Virat Kohli might be going through a tough phase in his career but the records can never be overlooked to define the guile of the Indian prolific batter. The King has hit five of his 27 Test hundreds against England.

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Virat Kohli

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Kohli was twice the leading run-scorer of the India-England Test series. He scored 655 in eight innings in 2016 at home followed by a massive comeback in 2018 in England with 593 runs in 10 innings. Kohli was the victim of James Anderson in the 2014 tour but came with his homework against his nemesis in India's 2018 tour of England.

The former Indian skipper made 218 runs in four Tests against England in their own backyard. His fans could expect him to break the shackles and score the much-anticipating 71st international hundred in the series-decider game against England.

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