Indian Cricket Team’s Test match wins at Lord’s Cricket Ground – The Home of Cricket

Indian Cricket Team (Image source: Twitter)
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The first Test played at Trent Bridge in Nottingham ended in a draw due to the persistent rains on the last day. India needed 157 runs to take the series lead. But the rain gods had ruined their plans to win the Test match at India’s most favourite venues in England.

India won a Test match at Trent Bridge in 2007 and also clinched the Test series on English soil. In 2018 also, Nottingham was the only venue where result went in India’s favour.

But at Lord’s, the records do not look great for the India Cricket Team. The visitors have struggled to do well at the ‘Mecca of Cricket.’ England will fancy their chances again at the venue even though India did well in the first Test match. It will be a task, especially for the batsmen of India, to deliver at this stadium.

Overall, India has played 18 Test matches from 1932 to 2018 at Lord’s Cricket Ground, situated in London. However, England has had the upper hand at this venue. The hosts have won 12 Test matches while India has managed to win just two of them, and four Test matches result in a draw at this famous and iconic venue.

Playing a cricket match at Lord’s is a special feeling for the cricketers. It feels great to be part of the playing XI, and Lord’s have had some great cricket matches in the past. However, for Indian fans, Kapil Dev winning the 1983 world cup and Sourav Ganguly waving his jersey at the balcony of Lord’s after the Natwest Series Final win in 2002 will remain a special and unforgettable feeling forever.

The second Test match of the ongoing five-match Test series will be played at Lord’s Cricket Ground in London. The game is scheduled to start from 12th August 2021.

Before the Test match at starts, today we bring you the recap India’s two wins on the Lord’s Cricket Ground.

10th June 1986 – This might be the normal date for anyone in the world. But for the Indian Cricket fans and followers, this date holds a special place in their hearts. On 10th June 1986, India registered their maiden victory at the home of cricket – Lord’s. Kapil Dev was the first Indian skipper to achieve this amazing feat for India in Test cricket. This win at Lords was probably the next big thing after India beat the West Indies at this same venue in 1983. Before this win, India had played ten Test matches at the venue but never tasted the success. On 5th June 1986, India won the toss and invited the hosts England to bat first.

The home side was restricted to 294 runs in their first innings, courtesy of India’s brilliant bowling. Chetan Sharma took advantage of the English conditions and grabbed a five-wicket haul. India’s reply to the English total was a very good one. The visitors scored 341 runs in their 1st innings and took a vital lead of 47 runs. But England’s batting performance in the second innings wasn’t that great. They were bowled out for just 180 runs and gave India the target of just 134 runs to win that Test match. Maninder Singh and Ravi Shastri were the wreckers-in-chief for India in the second innings. In the run chase of 135, the Indian batsmen wobbled a bit. But eventually, they made it and created a history as they won the match by five wickets.

21th July 2014 – India had to wait for 28 years to earn their second win at Lord’s. The touring side started off the 2014 Test series with a draw and then plucked an amazing win over England at Lord’s. But they lost the remaining Test matches very embarrassingly, so the visitors still wait for a series win in England after 2007. MS Dhoni is the just second Indian captain to win a Test match at Lords. Interestingly, both Dhoni and Dev also won the fifty over world cup for India.

India batted first in the second Test match of the series. But their batting was a mere struggle. It looked like another hammering from England is on the cards for India in the 2014 tour. But the script changed when India’s current Test specialist Ajinkya Rahane scored 103 runs to bail India out from a collapse. Rahane’s a ton, and some support from Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Co allowed India to reach 295 runs in their 1st England also batted decently to score 319 runs in their first innings. Gary Ballance played a vital innings for his side as he scored a wonderful century. But the home side could have got more which wasn’t allowed by Bhuvneshwar Kumar, the chief destroyer for India. Bhuvi took six wickets at this famous stadium.

India’s batsmen showed their real class in the second innings. Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ravindra Jadeja and Bhuvneshwar Kumar took India to 342 runs. Then it was only Ishant Sharma whose short deliveries helped the men in blue win that Test match. Dhoni insisted Ishant keep bowling it short. Even though Ishant was reluctant but obeyed his captain’s orders. Ishant’s short balls caused downfall of England. They kept playing the pull shots continued to lose wickets at regular intervals. The tall guy Ishant Sharma used the short deliveries which worked for him and led India to their second-ever Test match victory at Lord’s. India won the match by 95.

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