India are set to take on England in the second Test at Lord’s. The first day’s play has been washed out due to rain. But India need to win this Test to level the series. Lord’s has not been a bad cricketing ground for India in England. They have won two memorable Tests here. There have been few memorable performances by Indian batsmen at Lord’s Cricket Ground. Have a read.
Vinoo Mankad’s 184 in 1952
India have had conceded 302-run lead and were staring at innings defeat in this Lord’s Test in 1952. But one man stood tall. Opener Vinoo Mankad, who had cracked 72 in first innings, made a valiant 184 in the second innings to help India avoid an innings defeat. Mankad struck 19 fours and a six in his 184-run knock. The next best score during this innings was 49 by Vijay Hazare. Mankad took five for 196 in England first innings, highlighting his all-round prowess in the Indian team.
Dilip Vengsarkar’s 126* in 1986
This was the first Test at Lord’s that India won in 1986. India were chasing England’s first-innings total of 294 and Dilip Vengsarkar stood tall against an England attack comprising Graham Dilley, Richard Ellison and Derek Pringle. Vengsarkar slammed 126* to power India to 341. Vengsarkar top-scored with 33 in fourth innings as India chased down 134 with five wickets to spare. But unfortunately, the man of the match award went to Kapil Dev for his all-round show.
Sourav Ganguly’s 131 in 1996
For a debutant at Lord’s, the atmosphere at ‘Mecca of Cricket’ is daunting and intimidating. But not for Prince of Kolkata, Sourav Ganguly, who slammed 131 on debut. He faced 301 balls for his 131 and cracked 20 fours as India managed to draw the match. In the same innings, Rahul Dravid failed to score a ton on Test debut at Lord’s by just 5 runs. But it was to be Dada’s day who created history and is still remembered for his majestic 131.
Ajinkya Rahane’s 103 in 2014
Even Rahane will consider this ton as the best of his career. Asked to bat first, India struggled against pace-friendly conditions right from the outset. At one stage, India were reduced to 145/7 before Rahane and Bhuvi rescued the team. Rahane cracked a brilliant 103 off 154 balls with 15 fours and one six. Rahane’s ton was worth in gold in the final analysis as India won the match by 95 runs. But Ishant Sharma overshadowed Rahane’s ton as the pacer took 7/74 in the fourth innings to help India post their second win at Lord’s.
Mohammad Azharuddin’s 121 in 1990
Graham Gooch’s 333 has laid the platform for a tall score of 653/4 declared at Lord’s in 1990. India were batting for survival and opener Ravi Shastri slammed a brilliant 100. But India still trailed England a long way and needed someone to put their hands up and be counted. Azhar played a counter-attacking innings of 121 off 173 balls with 22 fours to help India avoid the follow-on. Although India lost the match by 247 runs, Azhar’s ton stood out for his brilliant stroke-play.