The History of England vs India: Long before India made its test debut in 1932 under the leadership of CK Nayudu, cricket in India had taken a significant stance. It was only in the early 30’s that India went on to play England and since then the 86-year-old history between the two sides has only blossomed. India in 1932 played 37 matches on the tour including the one-off test at London. India went on to lose the game by 158 runs but the foundation for a cricket-mad nation was laid. It’s 2018 now but few things haven’t changed. Indians still struggle to play the moving ball and the English men aren’t comfortable negotiating spin. The History of England vs India in tests is one of the finest stories in cricket. India play a 5-test series and on FanFight, fantasy cricket is all set to kick off. Are you ready?
THE HISTORY OF ENGLAND VS INDIA IN TESTS
1932 (ENGLAND) ENGLAND 1, INDIA 0
Mohammad Nissar produced two cracking deliveries to send Herbert Sutcliffe and Percy Holmes back in the hut. The Indian pacer dismissed 5 English batsmen and registered the very first 5-wicket haul in tests for an Indian bowler. Team India lost the game by 158 runs but the quality of cricket they managed to exhibit won a lot of hearts.
1933 (INDIA) INDIA 0, ENGLAND 2, DRAW 1
Douglas Jardine’s side proved to be too good for the home team. The Englishmen went hammer and tongs and eventually won the 3 match series 2-0. Barring the final test at Calcutta where the game resulted in a draw, the tourists had no trouble decimating the Indian team.
1936 (ENGLAND) ENGLAND 2, INDIA 0, DRAW 1
Team India gained a 3-match series to the European nation but the result didn’t seem to alter. The omission of Lala Amarnath during the series due to disciplinary issues proved to be a massive advantage for the home side, as victories at Lord’s and Oval helped England seal the series. The Indian team did show some fight posting 390 for 5 which included centuries from Vijay Merchant and Mushtaq Ali. Lala Amarnath was later exonerated.
1946 (ENGLAND) ENGLAND 1, INDIA 0, DRAW 2
The Indians were the first postwar touring side and despite poor weather conditions the Indians lost only 4 games, won 11 and drew 14. Vijay Merchant and Vinoo Mankad were the star performers for team India. The former scored 2385 runs at 74.53 while the later took 129 wickets. Alec Bedser destroyed the Indian batting line-up picking 22 wickets in the first two tests.
1951-52 (INDIA) INDIA 1, ENGLAND 1, DRAW 3
England visited the subcontinent from the 5th October 1951 to 2nd March 1952. The team also toured Pakistan and Ceylon during this period. The slow pitches in India didn’t help the English pacers and their spinners didn’t find the right lengths in the first three tests. The 4th test, however, saw a much-improved bowling performance from the English tweakers. England won the Kanpur test by 8 wickets. In the final test at Madras, 12 wickets from India’s talisman Vinoo Mankad helped India beat England for the very first time in tests. Vijay Hazare scored 164* and 155 in the first two tests.
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1952 (ENGLAND) ENGLAND 3, INDIA 0, DRAW 1
Team India were battered & bruised in the 1952 tour to England. This was India’s first trip to England post-independence. India played 29 first-class games, won 4, lost 5 and the rest didn’t produce a result. Without Vijay Merchant, Lala Amarnath and Mushtaq Ali the team’s vulnerability to English conditions was exposed to a maximum. India lost the 3rd test at Manchester by an innings and 207 runs, courtesy a deadly spell from Fred Trueman. His 8/31 in the third test helped England dismiss India for a paltry 58 and in the second innings, India could only manage 82.
1959 (ENGLAND) ENGLAND 5, INDIA 0, DRAW 0
England showed absolutely no mercy during the 1959 tour. This was the first time England had won all 5 games of a 5-match test series. The Indians under the captaincy of Dutta Gaekwad had no answers whatsoever against the English quality. England won 3 tests by an innings and only the game at Manchester went into the 5th day. Polly Umrigar was India’s only century getter in the 5 tests. He scored 118 in the penultimate match. Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack for 1960, reporting on the tour said that this was probably the worst display by a touring side in living memory.
1961-62 (INDIA) INDIA 2, ENGLAND 0, DRAW 3
A weak English squad toured India in 1961-62 without the likes of Brian Statham, Fred Trueman and Colin Cowdrey. The Indians pounced on this opportunity and after the first three matches resulting in draws, the home side took the last two games comfortably. They won the 4th test at Eden Gardens by 187 runs and the final test at Madras by 128 runs. This tour also marked the emergence of one of the finest cricketers India has produced, Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi a.k.a Tiger Pataudi. England also played Pakistan in a 3-match series and played a first-class game against Ceylon(now Sri Lanka).
1963-64 (INDIA) INDIA 0, ENGLAND 0, DRAW 5
In a 5-match stalemate, teams struggled to find results and the Indian spinners also failed to conjure a spell like they always manage in home conditions. Fred Titmus, England’s off-break bowler though emerged as the best bowler of the series picking 27 scalps. India’s Budhi Kunderan scored 525 runs, the highest in the series.
1967 (ENGLAND) ENGLAND 3, INDIA 0, DRAW 0
The Indian cricket team toured England in 1967 and played 18 first-class games. They won 2, lost 7 and drew 8. MAK Pataudi was the leader of the Indian pack with Farokh Engineer, Bishan Singh Bedi, Chandu Borde and Bhagwat Chandrasekhar also in the ranks. Geoff Boycott’s infamous 246 was scored in this series. India lost the 2nd test by an innings and the 3rd test by 132 runs.
1971 (ENGLAND) ENGLAND 0, INDIA 1, DRAW 2
This was the very first time India had won a test series in England. The first two tests resulted in draws. The 3rd test at Oval led by Ajit Wadekar where India chased down 174 will always be etched in Indian cricket history. Bhagwat Chandrasekhar proved to be the chief destructor with figures of 6/38 in the 3rd innings at the Oval. S Venkataraghavan picked 13 wickets. The most in the series.
1972-73 (INDIA) INDIA 2, ENGLAND 1, DRAW 2
The England cricket team toured Indian in the 72-73 and played 5 tests against India, 3 against Pakistan and one first-class game against Sri Lanka. England won the first test at the Feroz Shah Kotla by 6 wickets, thanks to fighting knocks by Tony Greig(68 & 40). Skipper Tony Lewis scored a resilient 70 in the second innings to help his side secure an easy victory. India fought back in the next two tests, winning both of them hitherto, by close margins. They won the 2nd test by 28 runs and the 3rd by 4 wickets. The last two fixtures didn’t produce any result and India went on to win back-to-back series against the English might.
1974 (ENGLAND) ENGLAND 3, INDIA 0, DRAW 0
After two successful series against the English side, India had a golden opportunity to win yet another series in England. A win in England wasn’t unprecedented and with the quality India had, a win was always on the cards. However, the English side massacred the Indian legion and took the series 3-0. They also won the two ODIs convincingly. Team India were bundled out for 42 in the 2nd innings of the 2nd test at Lord’s. Chris Old with match figures of 9/88 being the major contributor. David Lloyd went on the honours board for his magnificent 214. 42 still remains the lowest team total for India in tests.
The 2018 season promises to be an absolute cracker with both teams having plenty to prove in the longer format. Check out our blog for the England vs India 2018 test schedule. Who do you think will star in the upcoming test series? Can Virat Kohli battle the English conditions or will Joe Root and co, torment the Indian attack yet again? Are your fantasy picks ready for the tests?
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