CricketFeatureTest Records

Five Memorable Test Wins For India Against England

A bunch of memorable tests have taken place between India and England. There have been several players to have shined under pressure, from both teams. Hence, the fans have witnessed some good cricketing rivalry over the years.

Of the 122 Tests both teams have played each other, India has managed to win only 26 matches. They have lost 47 games, while 49 have ended in a draw. Their Win/Loss ratio of 0.553 against England is the lowest among all the teams India have played against.

On that note, we look at the five most remarkable victories of the Indian team against England in tests:

1. Chennai Test, 1952

India registered their first-ever Test victory against England in 1952, at Chennai. Batting first, England were bowled out for 266 only, with Jack Roberston being the top-scorer with 77 runs. In reply, the Indian batsmen put on a great show – scoring 457/9 in their first innings.

The opener, Pankaj Roy (111) and the all-rounder, Polly Umrigar (130) made the superb centuries, whereas Dattu Phadkar scored 61 runs. The excellent bowling display of Indian bowlers in the third innings saw England getting bundled out on 183, with Ghulam Ahmed and Vinoo Mankad snaring four wickets each. India won the match by an innings and 8 runs in this historic match easily.

2. London Test, 1971

The overseas test victories are always peculiar, and this was India’s first Test victory on England soil. Batting first England posted 355 on the board, with Alan Knott (91) scoring the most. Eknath Solkar was the highest wicket-taker for his team, picking three crucial wickets.

India made 284 in their first innings, as the wicketkeeper-batsman Farokh Engineer top-scoring with 59 runs. Chandershekhar’s six wickets in the third innings shattered England, and they were wrapped for 101 only. India managed to chase down the target with four wickets left only – thanks to the fighting knocks of Ajit Wadekar (45) and Dilip Sardesai (40).

3. Leeds Test, 1986

India registered one of the most famous Test victories in the Tests, at the Leeds in 1986. India, after winning the toss, made a score of 272 in the first innings – courtesy Dilip Vengsarkar’s combative 61. Roger Binny’s five-for kibbled English batting line-up, as they got all-out on just 102 in the second innings.

In India’s second innings, Vengsarkar was the lone warrior again as he scored a scintillating century and remained unbeaten throughout the innings. The Englishmen succumbed to the fiery Indian bowlers again in the fourth innings, and they were swaddled for just 128. India won the match easily by 279 runs, with Dilip Vengsarkar named as Man of the Match for his brilliance in both innings.

4. Lord’s Test, 2014

One of the most memorable victories in Indian cricket history came at the iconic Lord’s, in 2014. Batting first, India posted a fighting score of 295 – thanks to Ajinkya Rahane’s hard-fought century. Gary Ballance’s tremendous century helped England give a decent reply in their first innings, whereas Bhuvneshwar Kumar took six wickets and kept India in the match.

In the third innings, Murali Vijay’s fantastic 95 and the half-centuries of Ravindra Jadeja (68) and Bhuvneshwar Kumar (52) helped India post a target to 319 runs. In the fourth innings, Ishant Sharma took seven wickets and India registered a historic victory by 95 runs. Ishant Sharma was adjudged with Man of the Match award in this India’s record victory over England.

5. Mumbai Test, 2016

The Indian team bossed the Test series 2016/17, as they didn’t let England win any match throughout the series. In the fourth Test in Mumbai, England put a stunning first innings score of 400. For England, Keaton Jennings (112) scored a swashbuckling century, Jos Buttler (76) and Moeen Ali (50) made the crucial half-centuries, whereas Ravichandran Ashwin took six wickets for India.

In response, Virat Kohli (235), Murali Vijay (136) and Jayant Yadav (104) helped India post a mammoth 631 in the second innings. Apart from Joe Root (77) and Jonny Bairstow (51), no other batsman could read Ashwin’s off-spin and they were all-out for just 195 in the third innings. India won the match comfortably by an innings and 36 runs, later went on to win the series 4-0.

Back to top button