Indian performers at Lords Tests – Part 1
Lords Cricket ground, London is regarded as the Mecca of cricket with so much tradition attached to it. A century or a 5 wicket haul at Lords is always a dream of any cricketer, English or overseas and these achievements are put on the honours board which is a huge pride for any cricketer. India will face England in the 2nd test at Lords in the current series and the Indians are hoping to produce some great performances on that ground to win the test.
Now we look back at some of the greatest Indian performers at Lords Tests – Part 1.
Vinoo Mankad – 72 & 184, 5/196 (1952)
Vinoo Mankad produced one of the greatest all-round performances at Lords. In the 1952 test, He scored 72 out of 235 in the 1st innings & a brilliant 184 out of 378 in the 2nd innings with classic strokeplay. He also took 5/196 in 73 overs in England 1st innings mammoth score of 537. However, his heroics only managed to save an innings defeat as England won by 8 wickets. Even in an England win, that Lord’s test came to be known as ” Mankad’s test “.
Dilip Vengsarkar (103) & G R Viswanath (113) partnership of 210 runs (1979)
In the 1979 Lords test, India was blown away for 96 in the 1st innings and England piled up 419 in reply. In the 2nd innings, India were 99/2 and looking down the barrel when Dilip Vengsarkar & G R Viswanath got together to build up a magnificent partnership of 210 runs. Viswanath hit a classy 113 and Vengsarkar started his love affair with Lords with a chanceless 103 (his 1st 100 abroad) & saved the match for India with a little bit of assistance from rain.
Kapil Dev 41 & 89, 5/125 & 3/43 (1982)
In the Lords test of 1982, Kapil Dev showed his all-round brilliance. With a fine exhibition of swing bowling, he took 5/125 in an England 1st innings of 433. India was blown away for 128 in reply with Kapil Dev scoring a face-saving 41. Following on India struggled to save an innings defeat until Kapil Dev’s blazing 89 off just 55 balls in the 1980s era with 13 fours & 3 sixes helped India to take a lead. It was an innings of outstanding strokeplay. Not finished Kapil made inroads in the England’s small 2nd innings chase with 3/43 before India lost by 7 wickets.
Dilip Vengsarkar 157 (1982)
In the same Lords test of 1982, India was staring at an innings defeat before Dilip Vengsarkar rescued India from 110/4 to play a brilliantly executed elegant innings of 157 runs with 21 fours to keep India in the game. His driving in front of the wickets on both sides was a treat to watch.
Dilip Vengsarkar 126* & 33 ( 1986)
Vengsarkar finally scripted history in 1986 becoming the only overseas player to score back to back 3 centuries at Lords. His fluent 126 not out helped India to take a crucial 47 run lead on 1st innings. It was an innings of high-quality strokeplay full of elegant drives, cuts and pulls. In the 2nd innings, his crucial 33 helped India to win in a tricky chase.
Kapil Dev 4/52 & 23* off 10 balls (1986)
In the same test in 1986, after taking a 47 run 1st innings lead, Kapil Dev’s brilliant spell of swing and seam bowling ripped open the England top order from which they never recovered. Kapil took 4/52. India needed only 136 to win & was struggling at 5/110 in a nervy chase when Kapil came in and blasted Edmonds for 3 sixes and 1 four to score 23 not out in just 10 balls & quickly reached the winning target.
Azharuddin 121, Shastri 100, Kapil Dev 77* (1990)
In the 1990 Lords test, Graham Gooch’s 333 helped England to reach a mammoth score of 653. In reply, India batted well with Ravi Shastri playing a patient knock of 100 and laid a firm base which helped skipper Azharuddin to play a dazzling innings of 121 off just 110 balls and full of sparkling shots with great wristwork which had the Lords crowd in awe. Still, India was far from saving the follow on but with last wicket standing and 24 runs needed, Kapil Dev hit Hemmings for 4 successive 6s, all clean hits, to save the follow on in dramatic style. India however went on to lose the test.