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The History of England vs India in Tests | Part 3 | FanFight Report

The History of England vs India in Tests | Part 3 | FanFight Report

England vs India in Tests(Part 3): India currently is the no.1 ranked team in test cricket and to continue the dominance in the 5-day format, the men in blue have a huge mountain to scale. A trip to England has never been a smooth path. And after the 2011 and 2014 disasters, the pressure to outmanoeuvre the English side in their own backyard has multiplied exponentially. However, for this test series, Team India appallingly walk in as the favourites. Is a series win in a 5-match test series possible? Some colossal battles are about to happen and fantasy cricket on FanFight is in readiness to commence. We take a look at ‘The History of England vs India in tests’ part 3. This period from 2001 to 2016 brought into the picture some of the modern greats. How did those series pan out? Let’s take a look.


2001-02 (INDIA) INDIA 1, ENGLAND 0, DRAW 2

The 2001-02 series is primarily remembered for Andrew Flintoff taking his shirt off and sprinting the length of Wankhede. The test series wasn’t as enthralling but the Indian contingent managed to win the series 1-0. India won the first test by 10 wickets at Mohali, with the legendary duo of Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh doing the majority of the damage. The next two tests didn’t alter the scoreline.


Sourav Ganguly brought to the Indian forefront plenty of aggression and the will to win overseas. The test series didn’t get off to the brightest of starts. India lost the first test at Lord’s by 170 runs. The Nottingham test saw Parthiv Patel make his test debut. At 17 years and 153 days, Patel became the youngest ever wicket-keeper in tests. The 3rd test at Leeds saw the Indian firepower go berserk. India posted 628/8d featuring hundreds from Dravid, Ganguly and Tendulkar. England were forced to follow-on and eventually lost the game by an innings and 46 runs. India’s Rahul Dravid during this series transformed himself into one of the world’s leading batters. He scored 602 runs in the 4 tests.

2005-06 (INDIA) INDIA 1, ENGLAND 1, DRAW 1

England had won the Ashes 2005. Probably the best test series ever played. And a tour to India only meant that a full-fledged English side were all set to seek revenge. England had the upper hand after the 3rd innings, but the Indian batsmen managed to save the test. Wasim Jaffer producing a classy 100. Alastair Cook was the test debutant for this game. Munaf Patel walked into the side in the 2nd test and bowled some fiery deliveries to send the English men packing. India chased down 140 with ease. At the Wankhede, it was that man Andrew Flintoff again who stepped up with both bat and ball. England triumphant, by 212 runs.


The 3-match test series kicked off with the first test at Lord’s. MS Dhoni’s fine 76* and the rain gods helped India rescue a defeat. At Trent Bridge, Nottingham, Zaheer Khan’s fine display of swing bowling assisted the touring side register a famous win. The 3rd test at The Oval resulted in a draw. A century coming from an unlikely source. Anil Kumble registered his maiden test century at this venue and a famous series win after 21 years in England was possible.

2008-09 (INDIA) INDIA 1, ENGLAND 0, DRAW 1

The 26/11 attacks happened in India and England were sceptical of playing the two scheduled tests. To their credit, the team flew to India and contested in a cracking 2-match series. The first test saw Sachin play the dab to the fine leg boundary to win the game for India. India chased down 387, which then was the 4th highest chase ever in tests. The 2nd test was scheduled in Mumbai but was moved to Mohali due to the terror attacks. The game didn’t yield any result and India won the series 1-0.

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India on this tour just couldn’t muster a win. Their highest score in the 8 test innings during this tour was 300. That’s how dominant England were. The margin of victories in all the four tests were quite overwhelming. England won the 1st test by 196 runs, the 2nd by 319 runs, the 3rd by an innings & 242 runs and the final test by an innings & 8 runs. Sachin was on the verge of scoring his 50th test hundred but wasn’t allowed to. Rahul Dravid yet again the saving grace for India. The stylish right-handed batter scored 461 runs and was rightly adjudicated the Indian player of the tournament. Broad for his 25 scalps won the English player of the series. The ODIs were also dominated by the home team. 4-0 the scoreline read.

2012-13 (INDIA) INDIA 1, ENGLAND 2, DRAW 1

England continued their dominance in the Indian subcontinent as well. The likes of Cheteshwar Pujara, Murali Vijay, Virat Kohli were beginning to make a mark in tests and the start wasn’t bad either. Pujara’s 206* in the first test Ahmedabad resulted in an Indian victory. Pujara scored another hundred in the 2nd test but was overshadowed by Kevin Pietersen’s and Monty Panesar’s stellar outings. Pietersen scored 186 and Panesar finished with match figures of 11/210. Alastair Cook starred in the 3rd test. His 190 guided England to a 7-wicket victory. The score after 3 tests, 2-1 in favour of England. The 4th test didn’t manufacture any result.


The first test at Trent Bridge saw positive Indian performances. The 2nd test went one better. India won the Lord’s test by 94 runs. India outplayed England with their own tactics. They bounced the English batters out. Ishant Sharma produced his best spell in tests. 7/74. Since that victory, every step went downhill. Three humiliating defeats. At the Rose Bowl, India slumped to a 266-run defeat. The test at Old Trafford saw India get bowled out for less than 170 twice. England won that test by an innings and 54 runs despite scoring only 367. The 5th test was the final nail in the coffin. India were bamboozled for a mere 94 as England won that game by 244 runs. Murali Vijay and Bhuvaneshwar Kumar were the saving grace for India in a rather abominable series.

2016-17 (INDIA) INDIA 4, ENGLAND 0, DRAW 1

India did to England what England had done to India on many occasions. The Joe Root lead side was shown no mercy and after drawing the first test, India won the remaining four with a lot of flair. Virat Kohli hit god-mode as he piled up runs in a heap. Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja couldn’t put a foot wrong. The pair picked 51 wickets between them. Virat Kohli scored a total of 655 runs which included a gritty 235. Karun Nair in the final test scored a triple hundred. Only the second Indian to do so and the third for India. He also became the first Indian and the third cricketer to convert his maiden test century into a triple hundred. India won the final test by an innings & 75 runs. Joe Root scored 491 runs in the series and Adil Rashid picked 23 wickets.


There’s plenty to play for, for both the teams and the stakes can’t get any higher.  The Indian side in England needs to get their numbers repaired. Their record in England is absolutely rubbish. The likes of Pujara, Kohli and Rahane who are listed as the finest batsmen in the longer format need to prove their worth.

England have been rampant in the shorter formats but it’s the 5-day format where they’ve been found wanting. There’s no shortage of skill, but mental ability will prove to be the deciding factor in this 5-match series. Which side are you rooting for?


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