When India Won Their Only Test at Lords!!

In 1986, India made their 10th test appearance at their worst venue of International Cricket, Lord’s. Before that they had registered 8 losses and the performance was so shocking that even 2 draws of 1971 and 1979 were nothing short of achievements. Even after that India played 6 more times till 2011 and could add only achievements of two more drawn test in 1996 and 2007, while losing 3 more. Dhoni was standing with bat when India drew in 2007, captaining the side when India lost miserably in 2011 in their 100th test vs England. Now, on the 5th day at Lord’s he needs 6 wickets before England reaches 319 runs or they consume the overs to become the 2nd captain after Kapil to win.

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There are multiple similarities.

    Kapil and Dhoni are the only World Cup Champion captains of India.
    2 centuries scored then (Gooch in 1st innings, Vengsarkar in 1st innings)
    1st Innings of 1986 test saw one run less (294 by England) than what India scored in 2014 (295).
    India scored 1 run less (341) in first innings in 1986 than what they have scored in second innings of 2014 (342).
    Indian bowler Kapil Dev was the key tormentor among many others. Now Bhuvi is their main tormentor of the test.

1986 Summary
India won the toss, asked David Gower led England to bat, and chased 134 runs to win the test.

    Captains: David Gower and Kapil Dev
    Scorecard: Eng 294 & 180, Ind: 341 and 136/5
    2 centuries in the match. 114 by opener Gooch, 126* by No. 4 Vengasarkar.
    2 half-centuries (63 by Pringle, 69 by Amarnath)
    5/64 by Chetan Sharma in first innings.
    4/52 by Kapil Dev and 10-ball 23 runs got India to victory.
    Gatting and Srikkanth scored ducks.
    Kapil Dev was declared Player of the Match.

In 1986 tailenders did not provide support with bat, unlike 2014 test. But the top order batsmen contributed in first innings for both teams. Second innings saw collapse for both the teams.

England again has a left-handed captain in Cook, as then it was David Gower. Incidentally even Gower failed with bat then scoring 18 and 8 runs. Now, can Dhoni achieve the record in his 2nd outing at Lord’s as Captain?

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