Top Five England India ODI Games
The English tour of India 2016-17 is already in the news when cook’s captaincy was at stake but Dhoni surprised everyone with his announcement of retirement. Lets take a look at some of India-England games that are remembered & gone down as the best in the history.
The NatWest Trophy, Lords, Jul 2002.
England and India had both edged past Srilanka in the NatWest trophy 2002 to reach the final. India riding on a brilliant hundred by Sachin of the previous game against Srilanka setting a target of 304 while Harbhajan closed the doors for Srilanka with 4 wickets. Marcus Trescothick continued his sublime form scoring 109 in the final with a 185 run stand with Nasser Hussain, who too followed up with a score of 115. Nasser Hussain particularly was accused of not being fit to play in the number 3 slot and his position in the team was a big question especially after their loss to Srilanka in the previous match. Flintoff made a quick fire 40 to set India a target of 325, in those days wasn’t something that was chased down too often. India started well with an opening stand between Ganguly and Sehwag of 100 in the first fifteen overs the first target that every chasing team would aspire to. Ganguly fell in the 15th over and Sehwag followed soon after. Dinesh Mongia didn’t stay for too long either and Tendulkar’s struggle with bat and ball in this particular game came to a grinding halt when he was bowled by Giles on 14 off 19 balls. Rahul Dravid ‘The Wall’ was expected to carry through but England breached the wall when ‘The Wall’ collapsed on 5 and so did the Indian fans hopes of winning a final on foreign soil. Andrew Flintoff’s shirtless image flashed on every Indian fans’ mind as England began to apply the pressure on the youngsters Yuvraj Singh and Mohammad Kaif. The Under 19 Champs were not expected to take India through to victory but they did to an overwhelming response from the fans. Ganguly’s shirtless image waving his shirt mimicking Flintoff was a delight for every Indian fan to watch as Yuvraj and Kaif became every household name after the four Indian stalwarts failed for the first time in the series.
England tour of India, Feb 2002
England square series with a thrilling win against India by five runs under the floodlights at a packed house of Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. Marcus Trescothik was a thorn to the Indians in this series as well and in this particular match too winning the man of the match with his scintillating performance of 95. England only managed to make a total of 255 and the Indian batting line up depended on their top three with some of their stalwarts missing in action. England came back in this series after India were up 3-1 after the end of the fourth ODI. England were confident after successfully defending 272 in the previous game winning the match by 2 runs. They finally seemed to have found the formula to get the top three back into the dressing room soon. Tendulkar who was flamboyant all through the series fell early. Ganguly and Sehwag steadied the ship until Sehwag fell on 31. India were still cruising along with Ganguly at the crease with Dinesh Mongia, Kaif & Badani chipping in to take India closer to the target. The tail succumbed to pressure after Ganguly was bowled by Giles at the team total of 191. The match is much remembered for Andrew Flintoff’s shirtless celebration that rubbed salt to wound.
India tour of England, Manchester, May 1986
India were leading the two match series 1-0 with a one sided game at the Kennington Oval, London where the English side was bundled out for 162. Chetan Sharma and Ravi Shastri had ripped through the English batsmen with Graham Gooch the top scorer at 30. A young Mohammad Azharuddin was adjudged Man of the match of that game with a calculative knock of 83 supported by Sunil Gavaskar on 65. England won the toss and chose to chase. India was expected to set a challenging total but could set an on par total of 254 in 55 overs. The MOM of the previous game taking 40 balls to score 7 runs slowed down the head start Kris Srikanth provided with a 93 ball 67. Kapil Dev and Shastri pushed the total beyond 250 which at one point did not seem to be possible. England lost two quick wickets in Graham Gooch and Graeme Flower fell on 10 each. David Gower made 81 well supported by Allan lamb, Mike Gatting & Derek Pringle. England reached the target with 7 balls to spare.
England tour of India, 1981, Jullundur
England felt at home leading the series 1-0 on the day of the second ODI at Burlton Park, Jullundur when Mist delayed the proceedings & curtailing the game to a 36 over a side game. England lost quick wickets staring at 48 for 4 when Keith Fletcher fell for 5 off Sandeep Patil. David Gower and Mike Gatting had a 110 run partnership to steady things with the latter taking Ravi Shastri to the clean 4 times in the same over. England managed to set a good total of 161 off 36 overs. Dilip Vengsarkar’s cover drives drove India to the victory squaring the series and then going on to win the series in the third ODI. England gave a hard fight picking up wickets at regular intervals. India needed 8 off the last over as Yashpal Sharma clubbed Botham for a straight six and Vengsarkar doing the rest with his trade mark cover drive to finish off the innings in style.
England tour of India, Mar 1993, Gwalior
The first ODI of the six match ODI series in Ahmedabad was cancelled due to disturbances in the city. England went on to win 3 off the next 4 games with the 4th ODI dominated completely by England. It was a series where Vinod Kambli still played higher up the order ahead of Sachin Tendulkar. This game in Gwalior was the 6th of the series replacing the cancelled game in Ahmedabad with India 3-1 down. This match was the beginning of the Indian comeback in the series to square it 3 all in the next game at the same venue. Robin Smith made a brilliant century with a century opening stand of 101 runs with Alec Stewart. Manoj Prabhakar and Javagal Srinath then made inroads into the England side reducing them to 256 after a late middle order English collapse. India lost Prabhakar & Kambli with close to nothing on the scorecard. Navjoth Singh Sidhu & Mohammad Azharuddin had a record 175 run partnership. The match saw a swing of fortunes for both teams after Azhar was dismissed on 74 that lead to India losing 4 more wickets for 16 runs. Anil Kumble then provided the much needed stand to Sidhu who remained not out on 134 off 160 balls. This series is whoever also remembered for the infamous missile-throwing by the crowd. Alec Stewart in this game was hit & hurt on the head, by a piece of concrete.