Top five knocks by Indians on English soil
The century by Virat Kohli in the first innings of the first test against England is the most talked one in the cricketing world currently. His knock of 149 runs helped to post a competitive team total in the first innings as India scored 274. With this knock he took an upper hand in the clash between James Anderson.
As his knock is being praised by the cricket fans, in the past history also Indian cricket team had witnessed some match winning and match saving knocks.
Let’s see the top five knocks played by the Indian players in the England soil.
1. Ajinkya Rahane 103 at Lords in 2014
In 2014, India played five test matches in England on their complete tour to England. But unfortunately the visitors were unable to win the series as the hosts won the series 3-1. But in that tour, the visitors had a memorable test match in Lords Cricket ground.
India recorded a famous test win over England in the Mecca of Cricket, Lords after 28 long years. In that match, India struggled at 145/7 in the day 1 of the game as the Indian batsmen found it difficult to survive on the green top. Ajinkya Rahane scored a match winning century in the test match and took the team total to a commanding position.
He scored 103 runs from 154 balls including 15 fours and one six. In the second innings, Ishant Sharma took seven wickets and guided a the team to a historical win.
2. MS Dhoni 76* at Lords in 2007
India’s tour of England in 2007 is quite remarkable for the Indian cricket team as the men led by Rahul Dravid won the test series in England after humiliating loss in the ICC Cricket World Cup. On the first test of the test series, the hosts set a mammoth target of 380 to the visitors. In the chase the Indian batsmen struggled at 145-5.
Then MS Dhoni who was well known for his aggressive play at that time played a sensible knock of 76 not out of 159 balls including 10 fours. He had a good sixth wicket partnership with VVS Laxman for more than 25 overs. Then after the departure of Laxman, the Indian low order didn’t offer any support for him. At last with the help of Sreesanth, he managed to save the game for India.
Even though his score was not big but that was a big turning point in the series. With his knock, India managed to save the game which led to a series win in that tour.
3. Rahul Dravid 148 at Headlingley in 2002
Rahul Dravid had scored six centuries in England. He was one of the finest test batsmen in the history of Indian cricket. He played many match saving innings for the team which can not be forgotten for the years of time.
In 2002 test series in the third test match in Headinley, Rahul Dravid walked in at no.3 when the ball was moving more for the hosts. With the partnership with Sachin Tendulkar, Dravid managed to occupy the crease for 429 minutes and made the job easy for the middle order batsmen. He scored 148 runs from 307 balls.
In the same match, Sachin Tendulkar scored 193 and skipper Sourav Ganguly scored 128 runs. With the help of the knocks from the big three of the Indian cricket team, the team managed to register a notable away win.
4. Sachin Tendulkar 122 at Edgbaston in 1996
Edgbaston at Birminham is not been a happy hunting ground for the Indian batsmen from the past to now. Only two players scored centuries in the ground and the ground is also a lucky one for the hosts in the past years. Among the two batsmen one is Virat Kohli who scored a century at the venue recently and the other one is Sachin Tendulkar.
Sachin Tendulkar became the first batsman to score century in the ground for the Indians. He scored 122 runs from 177 balls including 19 balls and one six. He scored this century where the other batsmen found it difficult even to score two digit runs. His record century remained the only century by the Indian batsmen in Edgbaston for 22 long years.
5. Sourav Ganguly 131 at Lords in 1996
Scoring century in the Mecca of cricket, Lords is not an easy one. But this man achieved that feat in his very first test match. Sourav Ganguly made his test debut in Lords in 1996. There were lot of controversies as he was selected in the team ahead of Vinod Kambli.
Ganguly announced his arrival to test cricket by scoring 131 runs from 301 balls which helped to cement a permanent place for him in the Indian cricket team. At the same time his debut partner Rahul Dravid scored 95 runs from 267 balls. Subsequently the visitors managed to draw the game.