India’s biggest test in going on in England and Kohli’s men are charged up to make this one successful. They have already won the 3-match T20I series by beating the hosts 2-1. Just keeping in mind this long tour, we are up with an article for our readers and this list consists of 5 memorable India vs England clashes of all time. Here they are:
World Cup 2011
It was a high-voltage encounter at Bengaluru! India won the toss and elected to bat first. The 2 giants Sachin & Sehwag started the innings in their own fashion. Sehwag hit 6 boundaries before he got out Tim Bresnan on 35. Tendulkar, on the other hand, had some other plans. He played sensibly in the beginning and then hammered every bowler in his own style. Masterblaster hit 10 fours and 5 sixes for his 120. India ended up their innings on 338.
England, on the other hand, decided to stay positive throughout and they were successful in doing so. Skipper Strauss hammered 158 while Bell scored 69. The game was almost over for India till the moment Strauss was playing but that’s when Zaheer Khan came up with a beauty to dismiss him. He got Bell and Strauss on consecutive deliveries and restrict England to win that game. The match ended in a tie with Sachin, Strauss and Zak became heroes.
2002 Headingly Test
It was Ganguly’s era and he was in complete mood to grab this opportunity as well. India lost the 1st Test at Lord’s but came back strongly in the 2nd Test with a draw. Still, the visitors needed a victory from here to stay in the contest. The next game was at Headingley and it was a do or die match for them. India, after batting first, posted a huge total of 628. Half the job was done and half of this was completed by Bhajji and Jumbo. India won this battle by an innings and 45 runs to make a solid comeback in the series. The last Test was another draw at The Oval and India managed to achieve success on English soil.
2007 Bristol ODI
Bristol crowd was successful in watching a high-scoring game. India, after batting first, posted a mammoth total of 329 runs. Any guesses on who taught the lesson to bowlers? Yes! It was Sachin Tendulkar’s 99 and Rahul Dravid’s quickfire 63-ball 92 which helped India reach this much total.
England, on the other hand, played their heart-out but couldn’t win the match. Ian Bell played well with 62 runs while others were unable to carry on with their good starts. Hence in the end, they lost by 9 runs and the crowd watched a spectacular game on English soil.
2007 The Oval ODI
It was the 6th match of the same series! England batted first and put up a mountainous total of 316 on the board. This was a do or die game for India. Once again Ganguly and Tendulkar started in their own style! They put up a partnership of 150 with Dada scoring a fine 53. It was yet another Tendulkar’s day as he wanted to win this one. He scored a fantastic 94 and half the job was done at that time.
The visitors started losing wickets at regular intervals but Robin Uthappa was the saviour. He was there till the end and finished off things in grand fashion. This was one of the greatest ODI encounters of all time.
2002 Lord’s Final
Have you ever wonder the India would clinch this kind of victory on English soil? No, of course… But it was Dada’s fighting attitude that helped them created this history. England after opting to bat first, scored a massive winning total of 325. It looked like Indians are not going to get that but some spark was there in the Ganguly & Co.
Sehwag and Ganguly started off well and posted 106 for 1st wicket in just 14.3 overs. All India had to do was keep this run rate continue but England made a terrific comeback by getting the wickets of Tendulkar and Dravid easily. Now, it was almost over but the world then saw two great future players from there onward.
Mohammad Kaif and Yuvraj Singh took their team across the line with a magnificent innings of 87 and 69 respectively. In the end, India won the match by 2 wickets and skipper Ganguly took the iconic NatWest trophy in his hands. What a game!!!