5 memorable wins for India in England
3 Tests and 2 ODIs in the list.
Updated - Jul 1, 2018 12:34 pm
India’s tour of England will begin in a couple of days’ time and all the speculations surrounding the tournament has already started. The visitors have been playing in the country ever since 1932 and have been beaten black and blue at times. Their batsmen have found the conditions in the European nation a challenging one and haven’t quite been able to dictate terms to them.
In their 86-year old rivalry, India have only been able to garner 21 victories (6 Tests and 15 ODIs). Meanwhile, there have been instances when the visiting team has soared above expectations and humble their opponents with sheer disdain. In our article, we take you through five of the Blue Army’s most memorable wins in the country against the Brits.
#1 The Oval, 1971 (Test)
India, led by Ajit Wadekar, romped home to victory by 4 wickets. The victory held significance for the fact that it was their first Test victory in the nation after 39 years. Richard Illingworth won the toss and elected to bat. Gutsy knocks from John Jameson (82), Alan Knott (90) and Richard Hutton (81) guided the hosts to 355 runs after which a five-wicket haul from Illingworth shot India out for 284.
With a lead of 71, the Brits had the upper hand, but Bhagwath Chandrashekhar churned out six wickets in the second innings to wreak havoc in the opposition camp. The hosts were bowled out for a mere 101 in the second instance. Wadekar’s men lost six wickets en route their journey to trace down 173 runs. With the triumph, India also took a lead of 1-0 in the series.