From Dada taking his shirt off at Lord’s balcony to Kohli dancing in Gangnam style India-England had some amazing contests
Before India’s clash against England at Edgbaston, Birmingham tomorrow in the match number 38 of the ICC World Cup 2019, here’s a nostalgic look at 10 most memorable India vs England encounters.
The two sides have been embroiled in some classic encounters in the past.
#1. The first victory as a Test-playing nation (Test series against England, 1952)
Despite debuting as a Test-playing nation in 1932, India had to wait two decades to finally register their first Test triumph. Led by Vijay Hazare, India demolished England by an innings and 8 runs with Vinoo Mankad picking up 12 wickets. The historic result meant that India drew the 5-match series 1-1.
#2. 1983 World Cup semi-final against the British
Between their near-impossible triumph over Zimbabwe and the historic win over the mighty West Indies in the final, their underrated victory over England in the semi-finals is often forgotten.
It was the destructive knock of Sandeep Patil, who scored a quickfire 51 from 32 balls, that took India to a memorable 6-wicket win, and booked their spot in the finals.
#3. Sourav Ganguly taking his shirt off on Lord’s Balcony (2002 Natwest series)
Indian fans got to witness the most memorable & aggressive celebrations that cricket has seen with Ganguly removing his shirt on the balcony of Lords and swinging it in ecstasy to give it back to Flintoff who had celebrated in similar fashion after winning an ODI against the home team.
#4. Yuvraj Singh’s six sixes against Stuart Broad (T20 World Cup 2007)
Yuvraj Singh is one such Indian player who has made a name for himself in Indian cricket and has been part of many memorable moments of Indian cricket history. One of the most unforgettable achievements of his splendid career is the record he created during T20 World cup 2007 at Kingsmead, Durban. That day, Yuvraj clobbered six sixes in one over against Stuart Broad.
Just before the over, Yuvraj had a heated argument with England’s Andrew Flintoff where Flintoff tries to say few words to Yuvraj. But Yuvi had the fire in him which reflected straightaway when Stuart Broad came in to ball the 19th over and Yuvraj took out all his anger hitting Broad for six sixes to every part of the ground. That moment has become one of the most iconic ones in Indian cricket history.
Stuart Broad paid a heavy price of the heated argument between Yuvi and Flintoff resulting in Yuvi smashing 6 sixes to Stuart in 19th over.
#5. A thrilling match that ended without a winner (2011 Cricket World Cup)
Even though the match ended without a winner, it was one of the most thrilling matches from the 2011 World Cup.
India were all set for a 350+ total when Gambhir and Yuvraj were batting but a late assault by Tim Bresnan reduced India to just 338 runs in 49.5 overs. Much like the Indian batting, the English batting was more like a one-man show, with Andrew Strauss scoring a career-best 158 before getting dismissed at 281 in the 43rd over
#6. Virat Kohli’s Gangnam style (2013 Champions Trophy Final)
After India’s win over England in the dramatic Champions Trophy final in 2013, Virat Kohli decided to do a Gangnam Style celebration.
The No. 3 batsman broke into the dance after the presentation and amused both fans and his teammates with his moves.
#7. Dhoni and Yuvi – Hero of the Second ODI (England Tour of India 2017)
The two Indian stalwarts, who came out to bat at the lost of 2nd and 3rd wicket, shared a record partnership of 256 runs for the 4th wicket, with Yuvraj playing his career best knock of 150 runs and Dhoni also scoring 134 runs. This propelled India to a gargantuan total of 381/6 in 50 overs.
Morgan took the team very close to the target, but his wicket in the penultimate over made way for India’s 15 run win as England ended with only 366/8 in 50 overs.
With the entertaining rivalry between India and England, One expects Edgbaston to host a fierce battle.