1979 series saw England winning 4-test series at home by 1-0, but series will be remembered for the drawn test at Oval where chasing 438 runs, driven by Gavaskar’s double century India fell short by just 9 runs with 2-wickets at hand at stumps.
English bowlers grabbed 55 Indian wickets, with Botham being the best bowler of the series grabbing 20 wickets. Hendricks (12), Willis (10), Edmonds (6), Willey, Miller and J Lever (2 each) and Gooch (1) tasted success with ball.
Indian bowlers could grab only 39 English wickets. Young Kapil Dev emerged as the best Indian bowler with 16 wickets. Ghavri (8), Bedi (7), Venkataraghavan (6) and Mohinder Amarnath (2) were other successful bowlers.
With a double century, Gavaskar emerged as the best batsmen scoring 542 runs. Viswanath scored 340 runs with a century. Vengasarkar (249), scored with a century was the only Indian batsman to score 200-plus runs. Chetan Chauhan scored 179 runs.
Boycott (379) with two centuries and David Gower with a double century was the most successful English batsman scoring 282 runs. Botham (244) with a century was other succesful batsmen. Gooch scored 176 and Miller scored 152.
Brearley could score only 96 runs in 5 innings, while Venkataraghavan could not do much with ball.
B Reddy and R Taylor failed to touch even 100-run mark.
Ian Botham was the best bowler of the series and 6th best batsmen of the series too.