Recap: India’s last tour of England

India’s tour of England in 2011 is not at all a happy memory to cherish for Indian cricket fans. Not only did team India failed to win a single test, but could not even hold onto to a draw and eventually went on to be drubbed by a 4-0 whitewash. England outperformed India in all the departments and apart from Rahul Dravid’s three centuries there is nothing that an Indian cricket fan can be proud of. As first Test of the five match series gets underway at Lords in a week’s time, here we bring to you a brief of each of the test match on India’s last tour of England which turned out to be a dreadful affair.

1st Test: Visitors India won the toss and elected to field first at Lords. In first innings India were completely undone by Kevin Pietersen’s unbeaten 202 as England declared on 474-8. India failed to respond with the bat and were all-out for 286 giving England a wealthy lead of 188 runs. Rahul Dravid was lone ranger for India as he scored unbeaten103. After Matt Prior’s late onslaught of 103 not out England declared their 2nd Innings on 269-6 and with an overall lead of 188 runs set India a daunting target of 458. James Anderson ran through India’s batting with a five wicket haul which saw visitors all-out for just 261 runs thus losing the first test by 196 runs.

2nd Test: Trailing 1-0 India needed at least a draw to give themselves a chance to win the series. MS Dhoni once again won the toss and invited England to bat first. Bowlers did a commendable job and restricted England to just 221 runs in first innings. In the absence injured Zaheer Khan Ishant Sharma, Praveen Kumar and S Sreesanth did well to scalp three wickets each. In response India then were comfortably placed at 267-4 at one stage before Stuart Broad dismantled Indian batting with five quick wickets which meant visiting side were all-out with just 288 on board and a lead of 67 runs. Broad was wrecker-in-chief with figures of 6-46. Already 67 runs behind England posted huge 2nd innings total of 544. Ian Bell took apart Indian attack with a resilient 159 run knock. India came out to chase 478 just before the lunch on day 4. Post lunch Indian batting collapsed and fell well 319 runs short of target as they were dismissed for partly 158 and thus lost second test.

3rd Test: Going into the 3rd test India was hit by injury concerns as Yuvraj Singh and Harbhajan Singh both were ruled out. India were put to bat first after England won the toss. Woeful batting continued as once again India were bundled out under 300. Stuart Broad and Tim Bresnan bowled in tandem to see visitors all-out for 224. There was no stopping England after impressive bowling batsmen joined the party and piled up an Everest total of 710-7 Dec. in their 1st innings. Alistair Cook’s marathon knock of 294 along with Eoin Morgan’s century made sure England had considerable 486 runs 1st innings lead. India trailing by 486 runs came out to bat on the evening of day 3and following day surrendered to England bowling scoring just 244 runs. India lost the test by an innings and 242 runs. England took an invincible 3-0 lead with a surety of series win.

4th Test:India were purely playing for pride in the fourth and last test of the four match series. Buoyant England won the toss and decided to bat first. England batsmen were in supreme touch as Ian Bell scored an emphatic 235 runs and Kevin Pietersen notched up his yet another century. England declared after scoring 591 for the loss of six wickets. Indian batsmen were already under the pump and could manage 300 runs for the first time in this series thanks to Rahul Dravid’s classy knock of 146 not out, but that did not end India’s misery as England forced them to follow-on. Still 291 runs behind India following-on in their 2nd innings scored only 283 with spinner Graeme Swann being pick of the bowlers for his six wicket haul. India lost fourth test by an innings and 8 runs to hand England an unbowed 4-0 series win.

  • anand mehta

    good one, hope India win this time, cheers!