On This Day in 1971: India registers first Test win in England at The Oval: The Indian cricket team led by the legendary Ajit Wadekar scripted history by recording their first ever Test win in English soil.
During the 1971 tour of England, India conceded a first innings lead in the third Test at The Oval, but made a fantastic recovery and crawled back into the Test to end England’s winning streak of 26 successive Tests.
Electing to bat first, England rode on brilliant knocks from Alan Knott, John Jameson and Richard Hutton to post a massive 355. In reply, Dilip Sardesai and Farokh Engineer scored valiant half-centuries with skipper Wadekar making a 133-ball 48 as India folded out for 284.
A special series win 👏
A new chapter in Indian cricket history 🙌
— BCCI (@BCCI) August 24, 2021
It was then Bhagwath Chandrasekhar who took a record 6/38 as England was bowled out for 101. Chasing 173 runs to win, legendary India opener Sunil Gavaskar was dismissed for a duck but Wadekar led from the front with an unbeaten 45 as Sardesai with a match-winning 40 helped India record their first-ever Test win on English soil.