India has played 15 tests at Lord’s in their 15 visits to England starting from their debut Test in 1932. Although Lord’s may be one of the most played venue by India they have the worst record at the Mecca of Cricket. Having played 15 tests there, India have lost 10 test, managed 4 draws and won just 1 test.
Gavaskar getting hit by Snow might have been the reason for a win being turned into draw in 1971, the record shows that except the exceptional performance in 1986 when India won the only test at Lord’s as Vengasarkar hit record 3rd century at Lord’s and Kapil Dev got the player of the match award for exceptional bowling, India has never been even close to victory in the ground that is called as heart of the cricket.
The teams of pre 1970s were not necessarily always weak, otherwise they could not have won in England. The teams till 1986 were also not weak, in fact the era from 1970s and 80s amounted to good results for India. From the 90s India boasts of more success abroad, and then the era of Fab 4, still Lord’s was conquered only once, in 1986.
Lord’s can be at best considered jinxed for India. Yet, the Indian team of new century is on a mission to create new records and wash India’s poor past. Lord’s may see another such record created in favor of India. The 100th test between India and England may nail English hopes of snatching the top Test spot from India with an unimaginable defeat at Lord’s.
Lord has been unkind to Indians at Lord’s for the last 79 years. Yet, the completion of 2000 Test matches, at Lord’s, demands the historical facts to be wiped and new facts to be created by the leading team of current World Cricket to start a new beginning of Test Cricket.