England and India have been two of the fiercest competitors in red-ball cricket. The two sides share a long history of iconic Test moments, and have faced each other as many 131 times. Until the 1960s, England vastly dominated their opponents which explains their better head-to-head record over India. England have claimed 49 victories, whereas, India have won on 31 occasions, with the spoils being shared on 50 occasions.
For any nation, winning a Test match against England in England is a huge achievement. The English conditions are not easy to adapt to, and as such, India have been largely on the receiving end of defeats in the ‘Home of Cricket.’ India have claimed just nine victories out of the 66 Test matches playing against England in their own backyard.
India has won three Test series in England, in 1971, 1986 and 2007. The visitors have been rolled over by England on their last three tours. However, India do stand a decent opportunity to claim their fourth Test series victory against England in July 2022. Going into the postponed fifth Test in Birmingham, India have assumed a 2-1 series lead.
It took India over 39 years to claim their first Test victory in England. The first victory arrived in the final Test of the three-match series in 1971. After sharing the spoils at Lord’s and in Manchester, the Indian spinners ran riot in the final Test at the Oval. Team India eventually won the encounter with four wickets in hand.
India had to wait for 15 more years to claim their next Test victory in England. In the 1986 tour, India won their first Test at Lord’s, as they clinched the series by a score-line of 2-0. The fourth win came in 2002, when Sourav Ganguly‘s men decimated the hosts by an innings and 46 runs at Leeds.
Next victory on this list came in 2007, when Rahul Dravid led India to a 1-0 series win. The visitors won the second Test at Nottingham, which proved to be the difference-maker. In 2014, Ishant Sharma‘s short-ball ploy did wonders as India registered only their second Test victory at Lord’s.
|Year||Margin of Victory||Venue|
|1971||4 wickets||The Oval|
|2002||Innings and 46 runs||Leeds|
|2021||157 runs||Kennington Oval|
Probably, the two most memorable Test wins on English soil came in 2021. Virat Kohli and Co. bowled out England in less than two sessions to claim their third victory at Lord’s on the final day of the Test match. Moving further in the series, India again claimed a huge 157-run victory over England in London, this time at the Kennington Oval.
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