Top 5 highest test scores by Indians in England
The latest India v England test series is on the way to start in a few days. We have seen some big scores made by Indian batsmen in England over the years since India’s first series in England way back in 1932.
While going through the list of Top 5 highest test scores by Indians in England, we came across the following 100s over the years listed from the lowest to highest.
5. Vinoo Mankad 184 at Lords 1952
In the famous Lords test in 1952, India’s first genuine allrounder and one of the greatest across eras, Vinoo Mankad came out with great performances throughout the match. After top-scoring with 72 in India’s 1st innings of 235, Vinoo took 5 wickets, bowling extremely long spells as England piled on 537 to take 302 run lead. Not at all finished, Vinoo Mankad scored a magnificent 184 runs in the 2nd innings in India’s 378 to avoid the innings defeat though England finally won by 8 wickets. In his 184 Vinoo hit 19 fours and 1 six. That Lords test of 1952 was known as the ” Mankads test”
4. Ravi Shastri 187 at Oval 1990
England was leading the series 1-0 and India needed to put up a huge 1st innings score in the last test to put pressure on the hosts. Batting first India piled on 606 and it was entirely possible due to Ravi Shastri’s 187 scored as an opener. It was an innings of tremendous patience and concentration in which Ravi played within his limitations and mostly used his patent shots. The drives and the flicks of the leg to pile on the runs. The test was drawn.
3. Sachin Tendulkar 193 at Leeds 2002.
This was one of Sachin’s classics. India needed to square the series and batted first. After a brilliant 148 by Dravid who laid a strong foundation, it was Sachin who took over and batted like a champion on a greenish pitch taking on the incisive England bowling. Strokes flowed all around the ground as Sachin piled on the runs in the company of Sourav Ganguly (128). Sachin hit 19 fours and 3 sixes as India notched up 628. And finally went on to beat England by an innings and 46 runs to level the series.
2. Rahul Dravid 217 at Oval
It was a high scoring match but India batted 2nd under pressure after England piled up 515 in the first innings. Both Indian openers got out cheaply as India was in deep trouble. But enter the wall and what an innings he played again !! Dravid was in outstanding form in that 2002 series. After his brilliant 148 at Leeds, Dravid again rose to the occasion. At the Oval and played another innings of technical excellence. With wickets falling at regular intervals, Dravid held on for his 217 which had 28 classy fours. The next highest score in that innings was 54 by Sachin Tendulkar which shows the impact of Dravid’s knock. No bowlers could dismiss him as he was run out at 7/473. By which time India had virtually secured a draw.
1. Sunil Gavaskar 221 at Oval 1979
Probably the best knock played by an Indian in England.
England was leading the series 1-0, In that Oval test, the hosts dominated the first 4 days setting India an impossible 438 run target. However Gavaskar almost singlehandedly took up the challenge and played a jaw-dropping innings. He was in total control of his batting, showing his customary patience and concentration in a first-wicket stand of 213 with Chetan Chauhan. After Chauhan’s departure, he started to unleash himself and started playing cracking shots as balls were running away to all corners of the ground. Sunny hit 21 cracking fours as India advanced menacingly towards the target. Ultimately at his score of 221, he was dismissed and India fell short of victory by just 9 runs as the match was drawn. Gavaskar’s 221 still remains the highest score by an Indian in England.