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Recalling all England tours to India

England is among the very few teams that gave India a run for their money on Indian soil
Modified 07 Nov 2016, 16:43 IST

England's past in India

England have toured India since the early 1930s and 83 years later, there’s no love lost between the age-old antagonists. Though sub-continent conditions are more tilted towards India, the Englishmen didn’t let themselves go into their shells.

Rather, they countered fire with fire and even got India in a spot of bother quite a few times. The following elaborations of England’s adventure in India will tell many stories.

England tour of India 1933/34

Winner: England 2-0


England: Douglas Jardine

India: C.K. Nayudu

Douglas Jardine ensured that India was unable to win a single Test on their debut on home soil

The tour will be etched in the memories as India’s inaugural Test series at home. C.K Nayudu’s India had everything in their favour - The crowd, the pitch, enthusiasm. What they lacked is the experience and England didn’t take time to cash in the inexperience of the Indian team.

Though India drew one of the 3 matches, they never looked like getting England on the mat during any stage of the remaining two matches. Douglas Jardine and Co ensured that the series was wrapped up with ease.

Cyril Walters was the top run scorer with 284 runs and left-arm orthodox bowler Hedley Verity was the top wicket taker in the series with 23 wickets. Lala Amarnath and Amar Singh were the top run-getter and top wicket-taker for India with 203 runs and 14 wickets.


Sl NoDateVenueStadiumInnings 1Innings 2Innings 3Innings 4Result
1December 15-18 1933BombayGymkhana GroundIndia: 219/10England: 438/10India: 258/10England: 40/1England won by 9 wicckets
2January 5-8, 1934CalcuttaEden GardensEngland: 403/10India: 247/10India: 237/10England: 7/2Draw
3February 10-13, 1934MadrasMadras Cricket Club Ground, ChepaukEngland: 335/10India: 145/10England: 261/7 decIndia: 249/10England won by 202 runs

England tour of India 1951/52


Though Nigel Howard didn’t taste much success in his international career, he fitted in well for Lancashire

Winner: Draw 1-1


India: Vijay Hazare

England: Nigel Howard

India had to wait for 18 more years before they went to play England for yet another Test series. Yet again, India was on the brink of another series drubbing at England’s hands, but instead they recorded their first Test win versus England at Madras (now Chennai) in the final Test of the series.

The win dodged a series loss for the Indians and they managed to eke out a draw. Allan Watkins was England’s top run-scorer with 450 runs while Vinoo Mankad stupendously picked up 34 wickets in 5 matches.


Sl NoDate VenueStadiumInnings 1Innings 2Innings 3Innings 4Result
1November 2-7, 1951DelhiFeroz Shah KotlaEngland: 203/10India: 418/6 decEngland: 368/6    -Draw
2December 14-19, 1951BombayBrabourne StadiumIndia: 485/9 decEngland: 456/10India: 208/10England: 55/2Draw
3December 30, 1951- January 4, 1952CalcuttaEden GardensEngland: 342/10India: 344/10England: 252/5 decIndia: 103/0Draw
4January 12-14, 1952KanpurGreen ParkIndia: 12/10England: 203/10India: 157/10England: 76/2England won by 8 wickets
5February 6-10, 1952MadrasMadras Cricket Club Ground, ChepaukEngland: 266/10India: 457/9 decEngland: 183/10   -India won by an innings and 8 runs
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Published 07 Nov 2016, 16:04 IST
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