The Telegraph
Monday , August 18 , 2014
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Worst for India at The Oval

On Sunday, Joe Root recorded his 5th Test hundred and all of them have come before attaining the age of 24 years. Alastair Cook is only Englishman to have scored more centuries — seven — before the age of 24. Len Hutton, like Root, had scored five hundreds.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar now has the most runs at No.9 in a Test series, surpassing Stuart Broad’s tally of 244 runs, against Pakistan, in 2010.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni 1st innings in this series is 286 runs (4 fifties, highest 82) at an average of 57.20. His 2nd innings aggregate, however, is a lowly 63 (highest 27) at an average of 12.60.

The last time India were dismissed for a sub-100 total was against South Africa, in Ahmedabad, in April 2008, when they were dismissed for 76 before lunch on the opening day.

India’s 94 on Sunday is now their lowest at The Oval. In 1952, they were dismissed for 98.

This is the second time India have been dismissed for less than 180 in five consecutive innings. The other occasion was also in England, in 1959.

India’s defeat by an innings & 244 runs at The Oval is their third biggest in Test cricket after the innings and 336 runs loss to West Indies (Eden Gardens) in 1958-59 and the innings and 285 runs defeat against England (Lord’s) in 1974.

This is India’s biggest Test defeat under Dhoni’s captaincy, surpassing the innings & 242 runs loss at Birmingham in 2011.

This is the first time India have lost three Tests in a series after having gaining a lead of 1-0.