IND vs ENG: 5 Times Team India Absolutely Destroyed England

5 Times When Team India Dominated England in Tests on the Indian Soil: IND vs ENG

The most anticipated England Tour of India 2024 commenced with the first test match on 25th January (Thursday) at Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, Hyderabad. Interestingly, there were certain instances when Team India dominated England in tests on Indian soil.

The ongoing contest between the Indian spinners and England’s ‘Bazball’ approach provides a complete entertainment to spectators, as both teams are playing test cricket with a dynamic approach.

Indian veteran batsman Virat Kohli pulled himself out of the first two out of five test matches against England due to personal reasons. Similarly, Harry Brooks returned to home for the identical cause. On the other side, Shoaib Bashir couldn’t join the England cricket team due to visa issues.

England lastly won a test match in India in 2012. However, the Indian cricket team has been maintaining its longest-winning streak in the test series on the home ground for 12 years. India dominated England in tests by winning 16 red-ball cricket series at home.

Also, the ongoing 5-match test series is crucial for Team India. Currently, team India ranks 2nd in the points table of the World Test Championship cycle 2023-25. By winning this series, they can attain the first position by overtaking Australia- the defending champions of the WTC 2023. 

Whereas, England would be aiming to break the jinx of losing the test series against the hosts.

Mainly, India dominated England in tests by securing victory at a huge margin 5 times at Mohali, Chennai, and Ahmedabad venues.

Moreover, it is the last international series assignment for Team India before the ICC T20 World Cup 2024.

5 Instances When India Dominated England in Tests

Here are the 5 interesting battles when Team India dominated England in tests on Indian soil and were triumphant by a huge margin:

1. PCA stadium, Mohali: December 2001

The Indian bowlers bundled the visiting side for 238-10 in 76.3 overs, batting first at Mohali on 03rd December 2001. Indian spinner Harbhajan Singh’s 5-wicket haul by conceding only 51 runs in 19.3 overs became a threat for the Three Lions.

Interestingly, Team India dominated England to lead by 234 runs in the 2nd innings with the brilliant contribution of these legendary batsmen:

  • Deep Dasgupta: 100 runs from 234 balls (including 15 fours)
  • Sachin Tendulkar: 88 runs from 144 balls( including 13 fours)
  • Rahul Dravid: 86 runs from 206 balls( including 10 fours)
  • Sourav Ganguly: 47 runs from 95 balls ( including 7 fours)

As a result, the Indian cricket team scored 469-10 in 169 overs. Ultimately, Anil Kumble’s fierce bowling of 81-6 in 28.4 overs, wrapped up England’s 2nd innings to a total of 235-10 in 77.4 overs. Team India needed just 5 runs and they pulled off the victory with ease.

It was one of the greatest matches on home ground when India dominated England in tests with a massive 10 wickets win.

2. MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai: December 2008

One of the toughest matches where India dominated England in tests by a 6-wicket win in Chennai from 11th to 15th December 2008.

Batting first, the England batsmen were impressive by posting a total of 316-10 in 128.4 overs:

  • Sir Andrew Strauss: 123 runs from 233 balls( including 15 fours)
  • Sir Alastair Cook: 52 runs from 116  balls ( including 5 fours)
  • Matt Prior: 53 runs from 102 balls ( including 1 four)

Likewise, the England bowlers conquered the Indian batting lineup by restricting them to a total of 241-10 in 69.4 overs. Indian skipper MS Dhoni was the only top-scoring Indian batsman of the 1st innings. He scored 53 runs from 82 balls ( including 5 fours).

Even Harbhajan Singh’s supporting knock of 40 runs from 58 balls (including 7 fours), couldn’t help India reach a leading total.

England skipper Kevin Pieterson’s bold declaration backfired his plans after his team scored 311-9 in 105.5 overs during the 2nd innings.

Coincidentally, both these England batsmen scored the same runs with a 6-ball difference:

  • Sir Andrew Strauss: 108 runs from 244 balls( including 8 fours)
  • Paul Collingwood: 108 runs from 250 balls ( including 9 fours)

India needed 387 runs to win the 2nd innings. Ultimately, these top four  Indian batsmen helped India chase the mammoth target with ease:

  • Sachin Tendulkar: 103 runs from 196 balls ( including 9 fours)
  • Yuvraj Singh: 85 runs from 131 balls (including 8 fours and 1 six)
  • Virender Sehwag: 83 runs from 68 balls ( including 11 fours and 4 sixes)
  • Gautam Gambhir: 66 runs from 139 balls ( including 7 fours)

3.  Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad: November 2012

Indian skipper MS Dhoni declared the innings after his team scored 521-8 in 160 overs.

Cheteshwar Pujara with his unbeaten double-century knock motivated Virender Sehwag and Yuvraj Singh to make a huge score. He was the top scorer of the match with his fantastic performance of 206 runs from 389 balls( including 21 fours):

  • Virender Sehwag: 117 runs from 117 balls (including 15 fours and 1 six)
  • Yuvraj Singh: 74 runs from 151 balls ( including 6 fours and 2 sixes)

Pragyan Ojha’s 5-wicket haul restricted England to a total of 191-10 in 74.2 overs. Additionally, he took another four wickets when India implemented a follow-on and England scored 406-10 in 154.3 overs with these top-performing batsmen:

  • Sir Alastair Cook: 176 runs from 374 balls( including 21 fours)
  • Matt Prior: 91 runs from 225 balls ( including 11 fours)

 However, India chased the target of 77 runs with 9 wickets remaining. Cheteshwar Pujara once again played a crucial role during the chase by scoring 41 runs from 51 balls( including 8 fours).

It was indeed another toughest match on the home ground where India dominated England in tests with a massive 9-wicket win.

4. MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai: December 2016

England posted a total of 477-10 in 157.2 overs batting first, with the brilliant contribution of these batsmen namely:

  • Moeen Ali: 146 runs from 262 balls (including 13 fours and 1 six)
  • Joe Root: 88 runs from 144 balls (including 10 fours)
  • Liam Dawson: 66 runs from 148 balls (including 5 fours and 1 six)
  • Adil Rashid: 60 runs from 155 balls ( including 8 fours)
  • Jonny Bairstow: 49 runs from 90 balls (including 3 sixes)

But the Indian batsmen broke England’s confidence after the skipper Virat Kohli declared the innings by posting a gigantic total of 759-7 in 190.4 overs.

Karun Nair’s unbeaten triple-century knock of 303 runs from 381 balls ( including 32 fours and 4 sixes), helped other batsmen to make a huge score:

  • KL Rahul: 199 runs from 311 balls (including 16 fours and 3 sixes)
  • Parthiv Patel: 71 runs from 112 balls (including 7 fours)
  • Ravichandran Ashwin: 67 runs from 149 balls (including 6 fours and 1 six)
  • Ravindra Jadeja: 51 runs from 55 balls (including 1 four and 2 sixes)

Unfortunately, KL Rahul missed his maiden double-century by just a run. Apart from the excellent contribution with the bat, Ravindra Jadeja’s 7-wicket haul restricted England to 207-10.

Finally, India dominated England in tests with a huge win by an innings and 75 runs.

5.  Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad: March 2021

This is one of the rarest games when India dominated England in tests by completing the match within 2 days.

As a newcomer, Axar Patel took 4 wickets in his 2nd test match. Ravichandran Ashwin played a supportive role by taking 3 wickets in 19.5 overs. As a result, England posted a total of 205-10 in 75.5 overs.

By posting a total of 365 runs in 114.4 overs, India was able to take a lead of 160 runs after the first innings. These batsmen revived Team India from a collapsing start:

  • Rishabh Pant: 101 runs from 118 balls( including 13 fours and 2 sixes)
  • Washington Sundar: 96 runs from 174 balls( including 10 fours and 1 six)
  • Rohit Sharma: 49 runs from 144 balls( including 7 fours)
  • Axar Patel: 43 runs from 97 balls ( including 5 fours and 1 six)

However, Ravichandran Ashwin and Axar Patel’s 5-wicket haul, in the 2nd innings, restricted England to 135-10 in 54.5 overs. Thereby, India won the test match by an innings and 25 runs.

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