India vs England Records: Recapping Top 5 action-packed encounters between India vs England- Both the countries share an age-old rivalry that will once again be put to test in the upcoming 4-match Test series between India vs England.
Following a successful tour of Australia, Team India is all set to host the Three Lions in the red-ball series commencing on February 5th. Like India, the England cricket team comes into the series high on confidence after winning the series against Sri Lanka.
While the upcoming series promises some high-octane action, let’s check out the top 5 action-packed fixtures played out between both the nations.
1952 – Chennai Test (Fifth Test)
Nearly 20 years after playing their first ever Test against England, India registered their maiden win against their colonial masters in the last Test of a five-match series in Chennai. Vinoo Mankad’s 8/55 and centuries by Pankaj Roy and Polly Umrigarwere the highlights in the win – by an innings and eight runs. The victory helped the side led by Vijay Hazare to draw the series 1-1.
1980 – Mumbai (One-off Test)
It was the ‘other Botham’s Test’. Headingley 1981 will always be remembered as Ian Botham’s finest hour. But one year before that, he had produced an all-round show unparalleled in Test history, claiming 13 wickets and scoring 114 runs in the one-off Test to commemorate BCCI’s golden jubilee in Mumbai. He rescued England from 58/5 when no other batsman from either team had got to fifty.
2006 – Mumbai (Third Test)
An injury-ravaged England team went into the final Test of the series trailing 1-0 without much hope and came out victorious courtesy a last-day collapse triggered by Shaun Udal, a journeyman off-spinner who incidentally did not play a Test after that. In another major talking point, Sachin Tendulkar was believed to have been booed by the crowd on his home turf, Wankhede, after his first innings dismissal.
2008 – Chennai (First Test)
England came back to India for the Test matches after the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack had derailed the series. Twin hundreds by Andrew Strauss put the visitors firmly on top until Virender Sehwag produced mayhem on the fourth evening. Chasing an unlikely 387, India got off to a rapid start as Sehwag blazed away to 83 off 68 balls. Sachin Tendulkar’s steely resolve saw India through on the final day as he dedicated his century and the win to the martyrs of the Mumbai attack.
2012 – Mumbai (Second Test)
On a turning track, Kevin Pietersen produced a batting masterclass while Graeme Swann and Monty Panesar out-bowled their spin counterparts in the Indian team to script a famous win for England that helped them go level. India never recovered from the shock of the Mumbai defeat as Alastair Cook’s men went on to claim their first Test series win in India since the 1984-85 tour captained by David Gower.