The tourists have a dismal record at the venue having lost five of their six games against England with their first defeat going way back to 1967.
Here, we look at all the six games as India look to register their first win in the Midlands.
JULY 1967 – LOST BY 132 RUNS
You have to go back to the days when Geoffrey Boycott was playing for India’s first defeat at this venue. England made 298 in the first innings after half-centuries by John Murray (77) and Ken Barrington (75) before India were shot out for 92. England added 203 in the second innings to set India a mammoth 410 to win. Ajit Wadekar top-scored with 70 but the tourists were all out for 277.
JULY 1974 – LOST BY AN INNINGS AND 78 RUNS
If India’s last visit was dismal then 1974 was even worse. Sunil Gavaskar was out for a duck as India were all out for 165 with Farouk Engineer top-scoring with an unbeaten 64. England declared on 459-2 with David Lloyd smashing 214 while Mike Denness scored a century.
England did more damage with the ball with Mike Hendrick and Chris Old taking three wickets each as India were dismissed for 216.
JULY 1979 – LOST BY AN INNINGS AND 83 RUNS
England made the perfect start by declaring on a mammoth total of 633-5 thanks to a 200 from David Gower and a ton from Boycott. Bob Willis was among the bowlers to impress with three wickets with Ian Botham also taking two scalps as India registered 297 on their first attempt.
Gavaskar was one of three players to reach half-centuries but Botham’s five-wicket haul was too much for India as they crashed to 253 all out.
JULY 1986 – DRAW
The only time that India have travelled to Edgbaston and come away undefeated. Unlike their previous visits, India managed to cross the 300-run mark when they hit 390 in a solid team effort that featured no centuries. Mohinder Amarnath top-scored with 79 to match England’s first innings and after the hosts were all out for 235, the Indians fell short of their 236-run target when they ended on 174-5.
JUNE 1996 – LOST BY EIGHT WICKETS
India had a young Sachin Tendulkar in the team but even his century in the second innings could not stop his side falling to another defeat. India were already up against it when they started their second innings after England took a 99-run first innings lead and while Tendulkar’s 122 saw India reach 219, Mike Atherton’s unbeaten half-century saw them reach the 121-run target with ease.
AUGUST 2011 – LOST BY AN INNINGS AND 242 RUNS
Even with a squad boasting the likes of Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Virender Sehwag, MS Dhoni and VVS Laxman could avoid an embarrassing defeat. After India were all out for 224 in their first innings, England piled on the pressure as Alastair Cook hit 294 while Eoin Morgan scored a century to help the hosts to 710-7. Jimmy Anderson showed why he is one of the best pacers around with four wickets as India came nowhere near.
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