India in England: Brief history of 6 Test wins in 43 years

first_imgIndia have played a total of 17 Test series in England since 1932 but their record has been far from impressive in the country.India have been able to win just three Test series in England with Ajit Wadekar (1971), Kapil Dev (1986) and Rahul Dravid (2007) being the captains fortunate enough to lift the series trophies while Sourav Ganguly had to share it with Nasser Hussain in 2002.Virat Kohli, who will be leading his Indian team for the first time in England from August 1, will be looking add his name to the elite list when the two teams lock horns in a five-match Test series.Virat Kohli’s Test record in England will improve, says Alec StewartThe two countries have been playing Test match against each other for 86 years now but the overall India have managed just 6 victories in England.As the two teams gear up for a gruelling 42 days ahead, lets relive the few moments of joy that India has witnessed in England till now.Sachin Tendulkar feels India can hurt England if conditions favour spinners1971 – India clinch series 1-0It took 39 years for India to win its first Test match in England as the hosts had no answer to the visitors’ three-pronged spin attack consisting of Bishen Bedi (11 wickets), BS Chandrasekar (13) and S Venkataragahavan (13) who took 38 wickets during the three-match series.Virat Kohli’s nightmare against spin continues in EnglandThe first Test took place at Lord’s which ended in a draw after England made 304 and 191 in both innings after which India responded with 313 and 145 for 8. The second match produced the same result at Manchester but it was at The Oval where the three Indian spinners stole the show with Chandrasekar leading the way with 8 wickets in the match, including a 6-wicket haul in the second innings.advertisementEngland got bowled out for 355 in their first innings and then India responded with 284. Chandrasekar then produced a memorable spell to bundle out the hosts for 101 inside 42 overs which meant India had to chase 173.Tendulkar hopeful of a good show from Kohli, Team India in England TestsCaptain Wadekar led the way with the bat scoring 45 runs while Dilip Sardesai (40), Gundappa Viswanath (33) and Farokh Engineer (28) made useful contributions as India chased down the target in 101 overs with 4 wickets in hand. The whole nation celebrated the win back home as Wadekar lifted the trophy.Kuldeep Yadav needs more discipline to succeed in Tests, feels Alec Stewart1986 – India clinch series 2-0 India won its first Test match at Lord’s in 1986 when Kapil Dev led the visitors to a 5-wicket victory (Getty Images)Kapil Dev led a strong Indian team in England and beat them convincingly as the visitors clinched the series 2-0.Sachin Tendulkar feels yo-yo test shouldn’t be only criterion for selectionThe first win came at the iconic Lord’s Cricket Ground when England got bundled out for 294 and 180 in both innings with Chetan Sharma picking up a five-wicket haul in the first innings and Kapil Dev leading by example in the second with 4 wickets. Dilip Vengsarkar’s unbeaten 126 in the first innings was also one of the highlights of the match as India won by 5 wickets to claimed its maiden victory at the Mecca of cricket and take a 1-0 series lead.Why MS Dhoni never allowed his players to abuse oppositionThe Indian team carried the momentum into the second Test at Leeds where the bowling attack completely blew away England with the visitors winning by 279 runs inside 4 days. Roger Binny took 7 wickets in the match including a five-wicket haul in the first innings and was ably supported by Kapil (3 wickets), Madan Lal (3 wickets) and Maninder Singh (4 wickets).When MS Dhoni asked his men not to publicly celebrate ODI win vs Australia2002 – India win at Leeds by an innings and 46 runs Sourav Ganguly’s team thrashed England by an innings and 46 runs in the third Test at Leeds in 2002 to level the series (Getty Images)India’s first Test victory in England in the new millennium took place in 2002 when Sourav Ganguly’s team thrashed the hosts by an innings and 46 runs in the third Test at Leeds to level the four-match series 1-1.MS Dhoni struggling at the moment, India too top-heavy: Sourav GangulyIndia crossed the 600-run barrier for the first time against England as Sachin Tendulkar (193), Rahul Dravid (148) and Sourav Ganguly (128) ripped apart the English bowling attack to declare the first innings on 628 for 8. The bowlers then led India to victory with Anil Kumble leading the way with 7 wickets in the match while Harbhajan Singh (4), Zaheer Khan (3) and Ajit Agarkar (2) played the supporting roles. England had won the first match at Lord’s while the second and fourth match ended in draws as Ganguly and Nasser Hussain shared the trophy.advertisement2007 – India clinch series 1-0 India repeated history by claiming the series 1-0 under Rahul Dravid as they won the second Test at Nottingham in 2007 (Getty Images)Five years after the Leeds victory India repeated history by claiming the series 1-0 under Rahul Dravid by winning the second Test at Nottingham.India took a massive 283-run first innings lead after bowling out the hosts for 198 with Zaheer Khan (4) and Anil Kumble (3) leading the wickets tally.Captain Michael Vaughan’s hundred in the second innings couldn’t save England’s batting collapse as they got bowled out for 355 thanks to some brilliant bowling by a fired-up Zaheer, who took a five-wicket haul after the jellybean prank which England had played on him during India’s first innings.This meant that India needed just 73 runs to win which they chased down in 24.1 overs with 7 wickets in hand and took a 1-0 lead in the 3-match series. The third Test at The Oval ended in a draw as Sourav Ganguly lifted the Pataudi Trophy, named in honour of former India captain Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi.2014 – India win at Lord’s by 95 runs Ishant Sharma produced one of the most memorable spells by an Indian bowler on English soil and picked up a record 7 wickets in the Lord’s Test in 2014 (Getty Images)MS Dhoni led the Indian team in a five-match Test series and delivered the first blow on the hosts by winning at Lord’s for the first time after 1986.The first Test ended in a draw at Nottingham following which the teams locked horns on a green top at Lord’s. Ajinkya Rahane scored one of the greatest hundreds in Indian Test history as he negotiated prodigious swing and seam movement against the likes of James Anderson and Stuart Broad.Such was Rahane’s class that none of the other batsmen managed to score over 36 runs, which was the next best score coming from Bhuvneshwar Kumar. India made 295 and then conceded a first innings lead of 24 runs with Gary Ballance scoring a century. Bhuvneshwar took a six-wicket haul as England made 319.Murali Vijay (95), Ravindra Jadeja (68) and Bhuvneshwar (52) then rose to the occasion with the bat in the second innings to help India set a target of 319 for the hosts.Ishant Sharma then produced one of the most memorable spells by an Indian bowler on English soil and picked up a record 7 wickets in the process as India bowled out England for 223 and registered a historic win at the Mecca of cricket.India however, couldn’t carry the momentum as England bounced back in the next three matches to clinch the series 3-1.last_img read more

New Brunswick premier urges caution as floodwaters continue to rise

first_imgFREDERICTON — Rising floodwaters have forced the closure of at least 25 roads in western New Brunswick, where the premier is urging residents to do what they can to protect their families and property.Premier Blaine Higgs issued a brief statement saying New Brunswickers are facing severe flooding in several communities.The province’s Public Safety Department says the Saint John River Basin is now beyond or nearly at flood stage in Clair, Saint-Hilaire and Edmundston in the north, and in Fredericton, Maugerville, Jemseg and Sheffield-Lakeville Corner in the south.The department says residents in other communities along the river should remain on high alert in the coming days as water levels are still rising.Heavy rain and a rapid snowmelt are being blamed for the flooding, which isn’t unusual at this time of year.About 120 soldiers from Canadian Forces Base Gagetown in southern New Brunswick were expected to help residents fill sandbags and, if necessary, evacuate their homes.“Residents should know that they aren’t alone in these difficult times,” Higgs said in a statement. “Impacted residents should not hesitate to seek assistance and to take steps, where safely possible, to protect their family and property.”The Canadian Presslast_img read more