Virat Kohli and Co have it all to do to level the five-match series after losing a thriller in Birmingham by 31 runs. But the tourists don’t exactly have an excellent record at the Home of Cricket, having won two of 17 Tests.
Yet, there’s hope for India – and Lord’s is certainly a stage where they’ve flourished before, whether it’s with a white ball or red. So if you’re an India fan, sit back and relive some of the most cherished memories made at the hallowed ground.
1983 – FIRST WORLD CUP TRIUMPH
The fact that India were not even classed as one of the favourites to win the World Cup shows how incredible this feat was, 35 years ago. Underdogs they may have been but their journey was nothing but a fairytale. After advancing through the group stage, the Indians beat hosts England by six wickets in Manchester before making their way down south to the Home of Cricket.
Two-time champions West Indies stood in their way but Kapil Dev and Co had other ideas. Mohinder Amarnath’s 3-12 ultimately was the difference as Dev’s charges claimed their maiden world title in style.
2002 – INDIA WINNING THE NATWEST ODI SERIES
Sourav Ganguly waving his India jersey at the Lord’s balcony will always be an iconic moment for India fans. He had every reason to celebrate considering his team had overhauled the then second-highest ODI total to win the decider against England. Needing 326 to win, India were staring at a defeat when they were at 146-5. But Yuvraj Singh (69) and Mohammad Kaif (87 not out) defied the odds with a 121-run stand to complete a sensational victory.
1986 – FIRST-EVER TEST WIN
India probably got sick and tired of playing at the historic venue every time they visited England given their dismal record. But that all changed more than 30 years ago as Dev’s side became the first Indian team to win a Test at Lord’s. After England scored 294, Dilip Vengsarkar’s unbeaten 126 helped his nation put up a total of 341. Dev and Maninder Singh shared seven wickets each before the Indian batsmen chased down the target with ease.
1982 – DILIP VENGSARKAR’S FIRST IN A RUN OF CENTURIES
Vengsarkar made a habit of scoring centuries at the ground. Three to be precise and what’s more impressive is that they were scored on consecutive occasions. In the 1979 Test he slammed 103, and three years later, he went even better. Unfortunately for him those came in losing causes but it was third time lucky in 1986. His unbeaten 126 was decisive as India secured victory. Altogether, in four Tests, the Mumbai batsman scored 508 runs at an average of 72.57.
2014 – SECOND TEST WIN
A day that Ajinkya Rahane and Ishant Sharma will certainly not forget after making an impact with the bat and ball. Rahane’s 103 set the tone before Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s six-for reduced England to 319. India still managed to build a second-innings lead thanks to Murali Vijay’s 95 but Sharma did the damage with the ball – taking 7-74 as India wrapped up a 95-run win and their first Test win at Lord’s in 28 years.
India have ruled out Jasprit Bumrah‘s return from injury in the second Test at Lord’s.
Bumrah, who suffered a broken left thumb in a Twenty20 international against Ireland at the end of June, remained with the squad for the ongoing five-match series, with a view to being fit if needed in time to face England this week.
That, however, will not happen after bowling coach Bharat Arun explained the seamer is not quite ready yet.
“He’s bowling fit right now, but it’s too early to put him into a game-like situation,” he said.
“The plaster on his hand needs to come off first. He’s out of contention for the second Test.”
India, meanwhile, must decide whether to field a second spinner here – on what is expected to be a dry pitch, belying its green appearance two days out – and Arun acknowledged the possibility, which would put wrist-spinner Kuldeep Yadav in the frame ahead of his fellow left-armer Ravi Jadeja to partner Ravi Ashwin.
“It’s a good choice, a tough one too,” said Arun.
“We’ll take a call tomorrow, take a look at the wicket, but our bowlers have done extremely well in the last game.
“So we really need to look at any change in strategy, depending on the wicket.”
Virat Kohli’s team must battle back after their 31-run defeat in the engrossing first Test at Edgbaston.
Arun said: “There is still room for improvement, but the bowlers did a good job.
“There was huge improvement from the first innings to the second, and that was extremely welcome.
“The batsmen on both sides found it difficult.
“If you look at the scores, it’s only Virat Kohli and Joe Root who have been able to contend with the moving ball.
“The conditions were trying. The challenge is there for us to adapt even better and we have our plans in place.”
They do not apparently include the insurance of choosing an extra batsman, though.
“I would consider that as a conservative move,” added Arun.
“Everything depends on the conditions – and if the conditions are not going to be as friendly as in the first Test, it makes more sense to play five bowlers.”
Pandya, who is performing for the role of a seaming all-rounder for India in the ongoing Test series against England, has been compared to the legendary Indian all-rounder ever since he made his international debut.
However, Gavaskar, a former team-mate of Kapil Dev, has rubbished the comparisons.
“Kapil Dev should not be compared with anyone. He is not just a once-in-a-generation player but a once-in-a century cricketer just like Sir Don Bradman and Sachin Tendulkar. We should not compare him with anyone,” Gavaskar told Aaj Tak during a show.
Pandya was the second highest run-scorer for India in the Edgbaston Test with his two innings combined fetching a total of 53 runs.
The collective failure of India’s batting unit apart from skipper Virat Kohli was the primary cause of their 31-run defeat at Edgbaston. While commenting on India’s batting woes, Gavaskar was tore into opener Shikhar Dhawan over the manner of his dismissals.
“Shikhar simply does not want to change his game. He believes in playing in the same manner which has brought him success till now. You can still get away with such shots in one-day cricket because there aren’t many slips and the push or the edge goes for a boundary through the slip cordon,” the 69-year-old stated.
“But in Tests, such shots will only result in a wicket. Until a player makes a mental adjustment, he will continue to struggle against the red ball in overseas conditions,” he added.
England and India will now lock horns in the second of the five Tests at Lord’s on August 9.