5 Instances of Indian team losing to domestic teams on away tours

5 Instances of Indian team losing to domestic teams on away tours

Here are the top five occasions of the Indian team losing to a domestic team in official matches.

Mohammad Azharuddin
Mohammad Azharuddin. (Photo by Neal Simpson/EMPICS via Getty Images)

India is often under criticism for their underwhelming performances overseas as they have won quite less away from home. The bowling attack failing to capitalize on the helpful conditions and the batting collapses have cost India most times during away tours.

There were instances of the Indian team losing to the domestic/state sides of the country they toured as well. In this article, we look at some of the instances where the team India, despite fielding most of the big names, headed down in front of the domestic teams.

Here are the top five occasions of the Indian team losing to a domestic team in official matches:

5. Indians vs Nottinghamshire in 1979 (First-Class)

Sunil Gavaskar
Sunil Gavaskar of India. (Photo Source: Getty Images)

India were trailing 0-1 in the 4-match Test series during their tour of England in 1979 which was played after the completion of the World Cup. They lost the first Test by an innings margin while the following two matches ended in a draw. Prior to the final Test at The Oval, the visitors took on Nottinghamshire in a first-class match. As many as nine players who played the 3rd Test hosted by the Leeds were part of the FC game scheduled at Trent Bridge.

Sunil Gavaskar and Karsan Ghavri were the only players who weren’t common in the Indian XIs of Leeds Test and the FC game in Nottinghamshire. Their spots were taken by Anshuman Gaekwad and Yajurvindra Singh who did appear in the first two Test matches. India, who elected to bat first, were bowled out for only 149 as the home team skipper Clive Rice (4) and Sir Richard Hadlee (3) shared 7 wickets between them. Derek Randall’s 50 helped the Nottinghamshire level the scores with 6 wickets in hand.

The Indian skipper S Venkataraghavan introduced himself as the 5th bowler and recorded figures of 3.4-1-4-4. As a result, the Nottingham’s lead was limited to 50 runs as they collapsed from 195/6 to 199/10. The pair of Hadlee and Rice claimed four wickets apiece to bundle out India to 161 this time around. Mohinder Amarnath scored 59 before he was dismissed hit wicket off Hadlee. India could only set a target of 112 in front of the hosts who chased it down for the loss of four wickets in 34 overs.