England played their best cricket in decades on the 2012-13 tour of India. The two teams are evenly matched, but what distinguishes it is Kevin Pietersen and his all-time dazzling 186 in Mumbai.
The India-England Test Contests have always attracted cricket fans in both countries for various reasons. The competition may not reach the intensity of India-Pakistan or India-Australia matches, but England, over the years, has produced interesting cricket in India. In fact, Britain has recently adapted better to Asian conditions than Australia.
The successes in Sri Lanka prior to the tour to India showed that Britain had taken the right steps in preparing for the series. “They remain one of the most skilled teams in world cricket because of their arrangement. Never take your opponent lightly, ”said former all-round Indian Madan Lal, who spent more than 20 years playing club cricket in England during the summer.
England gave an early indication of stiff competition when it won the opening test in Chennai in an outstanding performance. India was swept away by two extraordinary centuries of Joe Root. In fact, it proved the decisive stages of the match as the England captain worked on his runs with impeccable skill. Root’s infamous temperament is in demonstration and there is nothing India can do as he comes up with one of the best rounds by visiting hitters.
True, the pitch made the difference in the first Test, and that was confirmed in the following matches when Rohit Sharma and Ravichandran Ashwin smothered England in dominating performances. Rohit’s age on the field commanded discipline was followed by Ashwin’s spectacular century on day three when hitting continued to be a difficult task. On top of that, Ashwin stuck with riches leaving a huge impact on the match. Fans became delirious watching their hero alone destroy England with a clinical approach to the job. Ashwin is an all-around show that’s sure to find a place in cricket folklore.
Several teams have had great success in India in the last 50 years. Australia has only won one series, in 2004, since Bill Lawry’s team won in 1969. Pakistan won once in 1987 under Imran Khan a series that is hotly contested. To England thanks to three draws in India in the last 50 years – 1976-77, 1984-85 and 2012-13. The 2012-13 draw saw the arrival of Joe Root and some incredible strokes by Kevin Pietersen, not forgetting the incredible James Anderson, who got the ball to reverse the swing so effectively.
England’s performance in the 1976-77 series was marred by John Lever’s “Vaseline controversy” when India captain Bishan Singh Bedi raised the issue in his captaincy position. Unfortunately, he lacked support from the Indian council, which allowed Lever and Britain to escape.
Mohammad Azharuddin 182 in the opening exams in Calcutta set the trend for the 1992-93 series. The Garden of Eden caught fire that day as Azhauddin waded into the offensive to create a symphony of blows that won the hearts of fans.
Lever reportedly applied Vaseline to the ball, which started swinging wildly and cost India a draw. To this day, Bedi maintains his stance that England had used unfair means to swing the ball. “There was never a doubt,” Bedi confirmed about the bittersweet series in ’76 -77. The controversy also cost him a game in Northamptonshire for having embarrassed England cricket with his accusations.
England also won the Test once in 1979, but lost 1-0 in a five-game draw in 1981-82, before returning to winning ways two years later. The 1984-85 series stands out for gripping cricket produced by the UK under the most testing conditions. The nation was in turmoil after the assassination of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, and Britain had fallen in the first Trials in Bombay because of Laxman Sivaramakrishnan’s ruse. It was an outstanding performance from Siva only in his second match. Unfortunately his career did not surpass the other seven Tests.
Sivaramakrishnan and Chetan Sharma, the current head of the national selection committee, were present at the match. Sharma made little impact, but Siva ended the match with six goals in each half. England are known as suspects against the leg-spinners, and Siva only reaffirmed that impression with brilliant spells to form India’s comprehensive win. Siva did his magic in the first half of the following Test with another six-goal strike but failed to live up to his expectations in subsequent appearances.
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That England managed to recover and win the series 2-1 1984-85 confirms the team’s ability to fight Asian conditions with skill despite cricket being made memorable by the arrival of sensational Mohammad Azharuddin, who ran centuries in each of his first three games. Test. However, all of England’s repeat plans fell into a web spin spun by coach Ajit Wadekar in 1992-93. A disappointing tour to South Africa in 1992-93 put Wadekar and captain Azharuddin under tremendous pressure and caused the hosts to fall back on their spinning strength.
Azharuddin in his opening Trials in Calcutta set a trend. “I know I have to perform and I’m always happy to play in Eden Park. I had the confidence to perform and that remains one of my best strokes, ”recalled Azharuddin. The Garden of Eden caught fire that day as Azhauddin waded into the offensive to create a symphony of blows that won the hearts of fans.
England played their best cricket in decades on the 2012-13 tour, thanks to input from coach Andy Flower who was always successful against India. The two teams are evenly matched, but what distinguishes it is Pietersen and his all-time dazzling 186 in Mumbai. Many rate the beat as the best in the history of the Indian-British Test and one will see what the batsman thinks is one of his “top three” innings.
Joe Root’s infamous temperament has been demonstrated in Chennai’s first Test and there is nothing India can do as he comes up with one of the best rounds by the visiting hitter.
Anderson’s snappy spell is a highlight of the series given India’s strong batting lineup. “After all this time, one could see attack bowling like that from a fast bowler in Indian conditions,” said former hotshot Kapil Dev. Anderson set new benchmarks in sewing bowling as he earned the respect of the likes of Sachin Tendulkar.
England may not be the most popular team to visit India, but they have strong links with fans. Andrew Flintoff didn’t really enjoy playing in Mumbai when the crowd ridiculed him, but he managed to win over the hearts of Indians with a quality response to the challenge from the home team. In fact, Pietersen, Flintoff, Anderson and Root have enjoyed many fans in India.
Root is the most popular and influential British hitter in modern cricket. He was hailed as England’s next cricketer when he made his compact debut in Nagpur in 2012 with 73 inning. It was a flawless beat and built on the persistence of a worker who knew the importance of laying a solid foundation. The double century in Chepauk is a tribute to his adaptability.
Great Britain brings quality to the competition and its reputation as one of the top three countries The test in all conditions is a label earned the hard way. Its success in Asia shows England’s growth as a complete travel unit in world cricket under stellar Root, easily becoming one of the best hitters on the international circuit along with Virat Kohli, Steve Smith, Kane Williamson and Babar Azam.