Throwback: England vs India At Edgbaston Over The Years
The Edgbaston Cricket Ground in Birmingham will be the host of the first of the five England vs India Test matches starting from tomorrow. The ground will also have the privilege to host England’s 1,000th Test match, the first team to achieve such a remarkable feat. India has played six Tests against England at this particular venue and tasted losses in five of them and drew one. Let’s have a look at all the previous England vs India encounters at Edgbaston.
3rd Test – July 13-15 1967
This was the first time India played a Test match at Edgbaston. The series had already been clinched by England. This was the Test in which India fielded its famous spin quartet – Bishan Singh Bedi, Bhagwat Chandrasekhar, Erapalli Prasanna and Srinivas Venkataraghavan. The two wicket-keepers picked for the tour, Farokh Engineer and Budhi Kunderan, played too. Kunderan even opened the bowling too. In the 1st innings, Ken Barrington (75) and wicket-keeper John Murray (77) guided England to 298. India were skittled out for just 92. England came out to bat again and were 203 all out but gave India a daunting target of 410. There was resistance when an 83-runs stand was registered between Ajit Wadekar (70) and Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi (47). But after their dismissals, India collapsed and were 277 all out at the end, losing by 132 runs.
3rd Test – July 4-8 1974
This Test at Edgbaston took place after India were shot out for 42 in the 2nd innings at Lord’s. There were also allegations on Sudhir Naik of shoplifting a pair of socks from a sports store. India, opting to bat first, were 165 all out with Farokh Engineer unbeaten at 64. England piled on the runs with David Lloyd smashing 214 off 396 balls. Skipper Mike Denness scored exactly a hundred and fifties from Dennis Amiss and Keith Fletcher took England to 459 for two. Naik, despite being at the center of the controversy, made 77 but the rest couldn’t stick around for long and India were 216 all out, handing England a win by an innings and 78 runs.
1st Test – July 12-16 1979
Back in England after five years, India’s opening match was a huge loss. England put up a massive 633 for five with David Gower unbeaten on an exact 200 runs, Geoffrey Boycott starring with 155 and fifties from Graham Gooch and Geoff Miller. Co-incidentally, Kapil Dev took all five England wickets. India were all out for 297 with Sunil Gavaskar (61) and Gundappa Viswanath (78) scoring fifties. Made to follow on, the same script followed and India were 253 all out with Gavaskar scoring 68 and Viswanath making 51. England winning by an innings and 83 runs.
3rd Test – July 3-8 1986
India, for a change, arrived at Edgbaston with a 2-0 series lead and needed a maximum of a draw to keep their scoreline the same. Mike Gatting, though, had other plans and made 183 not out in England’s 390. India also made an exact 390. Chetan Sharma added to his 4/130 in the first innings with 6/56 in second innings as England were 235 all out. India were cruising at 101 for one when Phil Edmonds took out Mohinder Amarnath, Dilip Vengsarkar, Sunil Gavaskar and Ravi Shastri in quick succession to leave India in trouble at 105 for five. But it was Mohammed Azharuddin (29*) and Kiran More (31*) who helped India see through for a draw.
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1st Test – June 6-9 1996
The Test before the iconic Lord’s debuts of Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid. Opting to bat first under a cloudy sky, India were bowled out for 214 with Javagal Srinath top-scoring with a 65-ball 52 and Dominic Cork starring with 4/61. Srinath (4/103) and Venkatesh Prasad (4/71) were wrecking England batting order but Nasser Hussain (128) stitched two stands of 49 runs with Min Patel and Alan Mullally for last two wickets and took England to 313. India in its 2nd innings started 99 runs behind but were reduced to 36 for 4. That’s when Sachin Tendulkar stood tall and struck a stroke-filled 122, which is regarded as one of his greatest knocks on English soil. Chris Lewis took 5/72 as no other Indian batter could go beyond 18. England eventually chased down 121 with eight wickets in hand and Mike Atherton at 53 not out.
3rd Test – August 10-13 2011
India got it’s much-anticipated tour off on the worst possible start as Zaheer Khan injured himself on the first day of the series at Lord’s. Stuart Broad unraveled the Indians at Headingley. Already 0-2 down in series, India had to face more agony at Edgbaston. Virender Sehwag got a king pair to his name. India were 224 all out in the first innings with skipper MS Dhoni scoring 77. From there, the 13-hour marathon knock of Alastair Cook commenced. He was out for his highest Test score ever, at 294 off Ishant Sharma, six short of what could have had been his maiden triple century. Eoin Morgan struck 103 and Tim Bresnan chipped in with an unbeaten 53 to declare at 710 for 7. India were clueless in front of England pacers and crashed to 214 all out. Dhoni yet again notched a fifty and was unbeaten at 74 but it wasn’t enough to avoid India’s defeat by an innings and 242 runs.