India’s centuries & 5 wkt hauls at Old Trafford
India never won a test at Old Trafford, Manchester. However, some of the most memorable centuries were scored by Indians on this ground starting from 1936 when Mushtaq Ali became the very first Indian to score a 100 overseas. The list India’s centuries & 5 wkt hauls at Old Trafford is under.
Mushtaq Ali – 112 1936
The belligerent opener who played attacking cricket was the first Indian ever to get a test century overseas. Coming to bat with a deficit of 368 on the first innings his aggressive 112 laced with cuts, drives and hooks helped India to get 203 runs for the first wicket with his partner in crime Vijay Merchant, and helped India to draw the match.
Vijay Merchant – 114 1936 :
As above Merchant had a brilliant 203 run stand with Mushtaq and himself playing flowing drives and cuts to score an aggressive 114 which helped India to draw the test. The mastery of the great batsman was at full display at Manchester.
Polly Umrigar- 118 1959
Polly Umrigar played a stellar knock of 118 in Manchester laced with 13 fours against a top bowling attack led by Trueman . However, India could not save the test.
Abbas Ali Baig – 112 1959
Abbas Ali in the same innings as above scored a century in India’s 2nd innings. His debut hundred which has 12 fours was ended in a runout. His and Umrigar’s effort was not enough for India to save the test.
Sunil Gavaskar – 101 1974
Gavaskar himself rated his classic 101 against England at Old Trafford, Manchester, in 1974 as his best century as England fielded a formidable seam attack, comprising Bob Willis, Chris Old and Mike Hendrick, and the conditions were particularly conducive to swing and seam. Though Gavaskar overcame them with his flawless technique and solid Test match temperament, he couldn’t prevent England from winning by 113 runs in the end. He was runout after hitting 8 fours.
Sandip Patil – 129 not out 1982
India slumped to 6/173 chasing down England’s 425 in the first innings. However, Sandip Patil who was in terrible form before that series came into his own and played a dazzling knock of 129 off just 196 balls with 18 fours and 2 sixes to rescue India in that test which was drawn with rains intervening.Patil famously hit Willis for 6 fours in an over to complete his 100 in sensational fashion
Mohammed Azharuddin 179 1990
Azharuddin played a dazzling knock of 179 laced with 21 fours & 1 six in just 243 balls. England made 519 and India were struggling at 57/3 when Azhar came and executed glorious strokeplay, playing positive cricket with his supple wrists as the ball sped to all parts of the Manchester ground. Due to his knock India managed to get 432 in the first innings .
Sachin Tendulkar 119 not out 1990
Tendulkar scored his first-ever test hundred at the age of 17 in that 1990 Manchester. The prodigy came out to bat when India chasing 408 was reeling at 127/5 with skipper Azharuddin gone. However, Sachin showed exemplary temperament and technique for a teenager and had an unbeaten 160 run stand with Manoj Prabhakar (67*) to save the match for India. His 119 not out came off 189 balls with 17 fours full of glorious strokes.
Only 5 wkt haul Dilip Doshi 6/101 1990
While India scored 8 centuries at Manchester, their bowlers could come up with only one 5 wicket haul in all these decades and that happened when Dilip Doshi at Manchester in 1982 took 6/102 in England’s first innings with accurate left-arm spin bowling in a rain-affected test in a marathon spell of 47 overs and 17 of them maidens.