Over the years, the Indian Test team has not won much beyond the country. Series win abroad is also rare. This fact gives us more victory in foreign countries. In fact, India has never won a Test series in Australia and South Africa, winning only one series in Pakistan, twice in New Zealand and 4 times in the West Indies (but only one of them before 2006). In England, he won three times in 1971, once in 1986, and then once in 2007. It can be safely said that Indian victory in foreign countries is somewhat less and far away. Even the present side, the number 1 in the world, the series they had played in England and South Africa recently, was lost in the year. The victory that came in 2007 was a very important series win in the big context. For one, India went there without the coach after the resignation of Greg Chappell as a result of poor performance in the World Cup. The team needed some treatment and some reconstruction. Thus, it is a good thing that a group of coaches-less players have prepared it for themselves, under the leadership of a senior team member and a determined captain of Rahul Dravid.
India won a three-Test series 1-0 win over England in the second Test against Michael Vaughan in the second Test match due to a spectacular win over Trent Bridge in Nottingham. It has the ability to closely monitor the win because many people did not expect it, especially after the first test.
A strong team and God bless the rain
It was a solid Indian team that came to the shores of England by covering almost all the bases. The batting was in the capable hands of Big 4 (Sachin, Rahul, VVS and Sourav). They had Sher-Dil Kumble of the spin department and Zaheer Khan, along with RP Singh and Sreesanth, led the fast attack, which could have benefitted naturally from all the swinging conditions in England. He used a great opener in Dinesh Karthik after his good performance in warm-up games and he gave more than a credible account for himself in the series as the player who scored the most runs for India.
Although during the first Test at Lord's, India was against it (due to habitual slow start in one series, in 2018 for the first innings, England's reaction of 298) and set a tough 380 to win in the last innings Had gone. The realistic question was whether England could get the required 10 wickets to win. He was thanked for the last day 9 and some rain, some bad lights and some good resistance from Indian middle order (Ganguly score 40, Laxman 39 and Dhoni top scoring and unbeaten 76 runs) – they were denied the win.
Went to England 2nd This time the determination to finish the job and the Indians left it again thinking how to make enough runs in English conditions.
The first day of the Trent Bridge test was delayed due to rain and the result was wet outfield. When it was going on in the afternoon, India won the toss and decided to use stormy conditions and brought England to bat.
Perfect start up
It was a good toss to ensure that the ball was swinging and moving from the gate to the boundaries of India. Zaheer Khan got two quick breakthroughs by Andrew Strauss and Michael Vaughan for 9 runs. When RP Singh hit Kevin Pietersen out LBW for just 13 runs (he was the man of the match from the first Test), England were struggling at 47 runs. 3 in 15Th up. They did not really recover from this initial shock and lost regular wickets. Cook (43), Collingwood (28) and Bell (31) showed some resistance, but none of them could change their start and England were reaching 169 for 7 in 7 days.
The next day, England could only add 29 runs before being dismissed for 198. Zaheer Khan compensated for the loss of 4 wickets and Kumble took 3 wickets. Sreesanth also badly supported the bowling by bowling 12 overs for 16 runs and taking one wicket.
The sound opening stand leads to a solid north
Although Dinesh Karthik was not a regular opener, he certainly played like one. Wasim Jaffar and he sensed the danger from England's seamers. In Ryan Sidebottom and James Anderson, they had two wonderful expansions of swing bowling and natural variation, such as Sidebottom was a left-armor. To return them, they had a chriss tremlett, which was 2 meters long, who not only bowled fast but got a strange bounce to disturb the batsmen. In the spin department, Monty Panesar led England in charge. It was well negotiated by all the two Indian openers, who had put together 147 runs before Jaffer was dismissed for 62. Karthik scored 77 runs. Big 4 later made sure to use most of the platform and three of them got the fifties. Laxman 54, Ganguly 79, and Tendulkar gave LBW (controversial) out on 91. Only captain Dravid, out of the top 6, failed to make the last fifty, but the important partnership of 97 runs with Tendulkar. Tendulkar also shared 100+ partnership with Ganguly and the Indian batsmen brought England bowlers to the ground. Thanks to 5 out of the top 6 batsmen, who scored half centuries, India responded with a great reply to the highest score of 481 in Day Two and Day 3. England bowlers were given toll and bowlers were bowled in 158 overs. All the bowlers who bowled took wickets, though Stand-out Monty Panesar, who scored 4/101 and Chris Tremlett, scored 3/80. Therefore, for just two days to go to India, India was ahead of 283 runs at the end of their first innings. India acknowledged that batting conditions are better.
Mini Candy Crush Saga is better known as Jelly Bean Gate
It was late in India's first innings when Zaheer Khan was batting. After one over, they saw some jelly beans scattered on the pitch, which they removed. After a while, he looked back at the same place. It got flared and he asked the England players what was going on and talked to the umpires about it. At that time no player was in its ownership, but it certainly stole Zaheer Khan and later came back to disturb the English side. (Zaheer, chiefly the Man of the Series award)
It does not roll easily from England
England's batsmen in Strauss, Vaughan, Bell Kepi and Collingwood set up the center of the batting unit leaving behind Australia in 2005. As Strauss's salute partner with Cook, he only got strong As soon as he came close to winning the first Test, this team supported himself to get out of that hole in which he himself had found. They started this in a true way and had about 43 runs to play 3 days.
Although Cook Zaheer (47/1) fell quickly and Andrew Strauss continued his good work from the first day and scored 55 runs. England's main resistance came from Captain Vaughan on the 4th day, when he played in his own format in 2001-02 when his batting form brought him to the top of the ICC rankings for Test batsmen. He dominated the attack and was running fast in a fluent way. He shared a 81-run partnership with Strauss. Although Pietersen (19) fell cheaply, Vaughan received good support from Collingwood. He shared a 112-run partnership and Collingwood himself scored 63 runs. Vaughan looks like a determined person to defeat India, and Indian bowlers screw up all the plans. However, there was a touch of misfortune involved in his dismissal.
Zaheer Khan decided to come to Vaughan around the wicket. On one of his balls, Vaughan tried to play the shot on the leg side but the ball hit his pad and went on stumps. It was despondent on his face that if he was seen then he had gone. It probably indicated the things coming soon after being dismissed at 124 (the wicket fell on the team score of 287/4) the rest of the team were all out at 355.
On the Jelly Bean Gate, Zaheer Khan was once again a destroyer (75 wickets in 75 balls) mainly for the Indians. Kumble took 3 and 3 wickets in the first innings and RP Singh took 2 wickets. The way he made Matt Prior out (bowling) with a beautiful, late swing ball, he still remembers those who saw it. RP Singh played a good lieutenant for Zaheer and was thrifty in the second innings. His overall performance in English conditions was impressive.
In this way the wickets were well distributed among the Indian bowlers.
Try a famous win
India set a target of 73 runs to win. They stayed on 10/0 near play on the 4th day.
India looked at the target of 73 by losing 3 wickets in this process on the last day. The openers again had a solid stand of 47 runs and Dravid and Ganguly were on the crease when the winning runs were scored.
India overtook 1-0 in the three Test series, which was to play a test. It was a comprehensive victory at the end and the total team effort displayed by the Indian team was. While Zaheer took 9 wickets and got Man of the Match award, other bowlers supported him and kept pressure.
The batsmen also made 5 fifties between them for not giving up the good work done by the bowlers.
India dominated the next Test played at Oval and ensured that they maintained a 1-0 lead and thus won a series in England 21 years later. It was also one of the rare series for India, in which no recognized batsman has scored a hundred (Kumble made a century in the oval).
First published: January 3, 2019, 12:15 am IST