India-England Rivalry: 5 Best Test Matches

India and England are among the best cricket nations in the world. However, both teams have had a rivalry in their test matches. In the last ten years, the rivalry is becoming more serious and fascinating than before. To understand how the feud began, let’s see the best top ten games between India and England.

India vs. England Match 1 1952 (Chennai)

It was the first India triumph over England in a Test match and helped draw the five games home series. England batted first and reached 224 on day one, where Vinoo picked three wickets with his left-arm spin. On the second day, Roy batted to get India at 206,60 runs behind England. India declared their innings with a lead of 191. India won by innings and eight runs, and the series ended at 1-1 draw.

India vs. England 2002, 3rd Test Leeds

The match was memorable as India was trailing in the four-match series lagging behind 1-0. They went ahead and put an impressive all-round display to beat the hosts by an innings and 46 runs to draw in the series. Sourav decided to bat first on a green top that turned out to be correct. India scored 628 for 8 (declared), with Sachin, Rahul Dravid, and Ganguly scoring centuries. However, England got dismissed for 273 runs in their first innings. India won by an innings and 46 runs, and the India vs. England that year was a 1-1 draw again. It became one of the best Test matches for Eng vs. Ind. 

India vs. England 2012, 2nd Test Mumbai

After England lost in their first Test of the four-match series, no one thought they would win. However, India defied all odds in that match and came from behind to win the series 2-1. In the second India vs. England Test series, India was bowled out for a good 327. It happened before England rode Pietersen’s outstanding knock of 186 to score 413. In the second innings, India got bowled out for 142, which enabled England to hit 58 runs to claim the win. England won by ten wickets.

India vs. England 2008, 1st Test Chennai

This India vs. England Test match lightened the mood of the nation. The country was still in mourning after a terrorist attack in Mumbai in September. The hosts chased 387 to win the match while England scored 316 in their first Innings. India got bowled out for 241. However, in their second innings, they declared 311 for 9. In return, India got a century from Sachin and fifties from Gautum, Virender, and Yuvraj Singh. India won the match with six wickets.

India vs. England 2006, 3rd Test Mumbai

England was trailing into the final Test of three-match series 1-0. It was after they had gotten a thrash of 9 wickets in the second game. The possibility of them losing was high, but they defied the odds to get a win. They batted first, where they scored 400 in their first innings. It was courtesy of centuries from Andrew Strauss and 50s from Owais and Flintoff. The four-wicket gain by James Anderson assisted them to bowl India 279. In the second innings, England got bowled for just 191. However, they were able to bowl out the host nation by 100 runs.

Note: cricket supporters are waiting for India vs. England 2021 Test series to know how it will turn out. Many are eager to see if it will be a thriller draw or a win from either of the teams.

No matter their rivalry, you can attest that both teams are fantastic. However, it’s hard to know which team will win or lose at any given moment. Now with these statistics, you can predict which team to support in the 2021 series. Get all the latest sports news including tennis, cricket, table tennis, olympics and football only on Pure Win News.

Resource Reference: 

  1. https://www.sportskeeda.com/slideshow/10-most-memorable-test-cricket-matches-india-england-rivalry/2
  2. https://www.crictracker.com/india-vs-england-top-5-memorable-test-matches-from-the-past/
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