On August 1st Virat Kohli will be leading Team India to one of his and the team’s biggest test in quite a long time. It’s the day when the first Test of the five-match series will commence. There have been only three occasions when Team India have won against England in England in the Test series. First was in 1971 under Ajit Wadekar, 1986 under the leadership of Kapil Dev and other occasion was in 2007 under the captaincy of Rahul Dravid.
Let’s have a deeper look at how all the series panned out in details:
1971: India won three-match series 1-0
This was the first ever series win for Team India in England. India played three Test matches and surprisingly won the series against England 1–0 with two Tests drawn. The first two Tests at Lord’s and at Old Trafford were drawn. But India pulled off a magnificent win in the Third Test at The Oval. They beat the hosts by 4 wickets after being 71 behind on first innings. Team India was led by Ajit Wadekar and England had no answer to India’s three-pronged spin attack of Bishen Bedi (11 wickets), Chandrasekar (13) and Venkataragahavan (13) who caused problems throughout the series.
1986: India won three-match series 2-0
Led by legendary all-rounder Kapil Dev, Team India created history in England as they won the series 2-0 as England had no answer to this outstanding Indian team. India started the three-Test series with their first win at Lord’s, with Dilip Vengsarkar scoring a century. He went on to make total of 390 runs in the whole series. If anyone thought that first win was a fluke – India soon proved the doubters wrong as they crushed England by 279 runs at Leeds. England only managed 102 and 128 in both the innings in this match. The third and the final Test at Edgbaston was a close one but the match ended in a draw and India still ended in a better position.
2007: India won the three-match series 1-0
With the resignation of Greg Chappell after the Cricket World Cup 2007 and Graham Ford declining the position of Indian coach, India entered the series without a coach. Virender Sehwag and Harbhajan Singh were not named in the Indian squad due to recent poor performances while Irfan Pathan and Munaf Patel were not fully fit. But thanks to some luck in the first Test at Lord’s which ended in a draw due to bad weather and a brilliant performance in the second Test – India won the series 1-0. The third Test match at The Oval ended in a draw. This match will always be remembered for a century by Anil Kumble. Zaheer Khan was named Man-of-the-Series for his superb bowling throughout the series.