Team India has arrived in England with high expectations. Team India has an embarrassing record in preparing for the challenges in England.
London, 7 June : Team India has arrived in England with high expectations. The tour will start with the final of Team India World Test Championship (WTC Final 2021). The final will be against New Zealand from June 18 to 22. After that, Team India will play a series of 5 Test matches against England. Many veterans have predicted that Virat Kohli’s team will have a hard time in this series.
Today’s (June 7) memories are troubling for Team India as they prepare for the challenges in England. 69 years ago on this very day (June 7, 1952), Team India lost the first 4 wickets for 0 runs. This is still the worst starting record in the 144-year history of Test cricket.
The first Test match of the India vs England series was at Headingley. Vijay Manjrekar’s century helped India reach 293 in the first innings. With the exception of Vijay Manjrekar (133) and captain Vijay Hazare (89), no Indian batsman has been able to score big in the first innings. From England, Jim Laker took 4 wickets and Fred Truman took 3 wickets.
Disappointment in the second inning
In reply to Team India’s 293, England scored 334 in the first innings. Ghulam Ahmed’s five-wicket haul did not help England’s lead. Team India got off to a shocking start after trailing by 41 runs.
Pankaj Roy, Datta Gaikwad, Vijay Mantri and Vijay Manjrekar, the top four batsmen, returned to zero. Therefore, the position of Team India was 4 out 0. This embarrassing start was exactly the defeat of Team India. Captain Vijay Hazare also hit a half-century in the second innings. Vijay Hazare (56) and Dattu Phadkar (64) hit half-centuries to help India reach 165 in the second innings.
Harry Truman took the most 4 wickets in the second innings from England. England had a target of 125 for victory in the second innings. He completed it for 3 wickets and sealed the defeat of Team India.