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India vs England Test Cricket: 7 Matches That Kept Fans on the Edge of Their Seats

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India vs England’s matches, which features Test cricket specifically, has always been thrilling to see. These cricketing nations have a rich history that influences every viewer. The rivalry featured everything that kept viewers on the tip of their seats, from dramatic comebacks to suspenseful moments.

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This time, we’ll go back in time to the most memorable Test matches played during England’s tour of India.

India vs England – Top 7 Test Matches

Sr. No India vs England Test Matches
1 England Tour of India – 1952 (Chennai)
2 England Tour of India – 1985 (Kolkata)
3 England Tour of India – 2006 (Mumbai)
4 England Tour of India – 2008 (Chennai)
5 England Tour of India – 2012 (Mumbai)
6 India Tour of England – 2014 (Lords)
7 England Tour of India – 2016 (Rajkot)

England Tour of India 1952 (Chennai)

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In a historic moment, India secured their first-ever victory over England by a substantial margin of an innings and eight runs. Vinoo Mankad, made headlines by claiming eight English wickets in the first innings and an additional four in the second. The impressive batting displays by Pankaj Roy (scoring 130 runs) and Polly Umrigar (scoring 111 runs) paved the way for India’s maiden victory against England in the final match of a five-game Test series on home turf.

England Tour of India 1985 (Kolkata)

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The Test match ended in a draw, drawing attention primarily to the extended duration of the Indian team’s innings at the crease. Opinions among fans and experts remain divided on whether the renowned Sunil Gavaskar delayed declaring the innings, yet it remains a classic encounter, the centuries scored by Mohammed Azharuddin and Ravi Shastri in India’s first innings, stretching until the middle of the penultimate day of the match.

Despite wrapping up the English batting order for 297 runs without any batsman reaching a half-century, the teams ultimately shared the honors on the final day of the Test. Notably, the absence of the legendary World Cup-winning captain Kapil Dev, who was dropped for the match, stirred significant controversy at the time.

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England Tour of India 2006 (Mumbai)

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In the series, the visiting English team secured a draw with a crucial victory on the final day of the tour, largely credited to the relatively unknown spinner Shuan Udal. England posted a solid total of 400 runs in the first inning, boosted by Andrew Strauss’s century, and then dismissed India for less than 300 runs.

In their second inning, England added 191 runs before successfully restricting India to just 100 runs in the chase, with Udal shining with his exceptional spin bowling performance.

England Tour of India 2008 (Chennai)

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It was the first visit by the English cricket team to India following the tragic 26/11 attack in Mumbai. Despite Andrew Strauss’s remarkable centuries in both innings of the game, the Indian team emerged victorious, bringing joy to the nation. England posted a total of 316 runs, largely thanks to Strauss’s impressive 123-run innings in the first inning.

In response, India managed to score 241 runs before England declared their second inning after reaching 311, with Paul Collingwood also achieving a century alongside Strauss. However, India’s unbeaten century by the legendary Sachin Tendulkar, coupled with significant contributions from Yuvraj Singh and Virender Sehwag, propelled them to a memorable victory.

England Tour of India 2012 (Mumbai)

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The Test held at Wankhede Stadium became a pivotal moment in the series, marking England’s long-awaited victory after a significant hiatus. Not since 1985 has England clinched a series win in India, making their 2012 tour stand out. Monty Panesar and Graeme Swann’s spin mastery proved decisive as they bundled India out for 327 and 147 runs across both innings, with Panesar claiming a remarkable five-wicket haul in the first innings and six in the second, while Swann contributed with four wickets in each.

Kevin Pietersen and Alastair Cook’s centuries bolstered England’s charge, propelling them towards a crucial win that paved the way for their series victory.

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This match stands out as one of the most memorable encounters, where both teams showcased brilliant gameplay with bat and ball. A total of six centuries were scored, and numerous wickets were taken on the pitch, highlighting a fierce battle between the batsmen and bowlers from both sides.

It’s considered one of the most thrilling Test matches between India and England. England posted a strong total of 537 runs, countered by India’s competitive 488 runs, led by centuries from Murali Vijay and Pujara, along with a valuable contribution of 70 runs from Ravichandran Ashwin.

Despite India facing a challenging target of 309 runs to win, victory seemed unlikely, but a remarkable partnership between Virat Kohli and Ravindra Jadeja helped India secure a draw in the match.


India vs England Test series has been a thrilling journey, always with unforgettable moments that cricket fans will remember for a long time. From exciting wins to remarkable comebacks, the series always offers drama that Test cricket brings. Looking ahead, it’s clear that the rivalry between England and India will continue to captivate audiences as both teams strive for excellence on the field.

With each match, fans can expect more excitement, more tension, and more unforgettable moments that will keep them on the edge of their seats, eagerly awaiting the next contest between both the teams.

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