India will continue their long season at home by hosting England for a five-match Test series which begins in Rajkot on November 9. India are playing 14 Tests at home this season out of which three have been done against New Zealand. India whitewashed the Black Caps last month.
England are coming off a disappointing tour of Bangladesh in which they had to suffer an embarrassing loss in the second and final Test. They will also look to show some fight on this tour. The last time England visited India in 2012-13, they won the Test series 2-1. And that was the last time India lost a Test at home, back in 2013.
After a gap of 31 years, India and England will be playing a five-match Test series. The last one they played was way back in 1984-85. Here is a recap of India-England Test series since then in India:
India vs England, 1992-93
(Ind 3, Eng 0)
This was the beginning of England’s dismal record in India. Led by Graham Gooch, England lost all three of their three Tests and were whitewashed for the first time in India. Anil Kumble was the star for India with the ball as he picked up 21 wickets in three Tests. India won the first Test in Kolkata by 8 wickets after England made a horror mistake of not playing a single spinner. The Chennai Test was a similar sorty but they were thrashed by a innings defeat. The story remained the same in Mumbai in the third Test.
India vs England, 2001-02
(Ind 1, Eng 0, Draws 2)
In this three-Test series, India emerged victorious as they won the first Test in Chandigarh. Harbhajan Singh and Anil Kumble starred for India. England did bounce back in the second Test by dominating it in phases but failed to cross the line while Bangalore was another similar story as both teams played out a draw. England had missed most of its key players who decided to not travel in wake of the 9/11 attacks.
India vs England, 2005-06
(Ind 1, Eng 1)
After a drawn first Test, both teams flew to Mohali for the second Test. This was the very Test where Munaf Patel shone for India. He took seven wickets in the match to give India the lead in the series. But England bounced back in style in Mumbai and were inspired by Andrew Flintoff to win the third Test by a margin of 212 runs. Shaun Udal was the pick of the bowlers as he took four wickets in the second innigns. That was a series levelling win for England
India vs England, 2008-09
(Ind 1, Eng 0)
A series that is more remembered for the tragic Mumbai terror attacks that forced England to fly back home after the ODI series. India were leading 5-0 in the seven match series before the attacks but the remaining two ODIs were cancellend and there was doubt if England would return for the Test series. But they did for the two-Test series, a decision hailed as ‘brave.’ The first Test in Chennai was a dream for any cricket lover. Gramme Swann was the bowler world got to know about in this match. England set India a 387-run target after Andrew Strauss hit centuries in each innings. Sehwag smashed a 68-ball 83 to set the platform for India’s chase. This happened: Sachin Tendulkar stroked his way to his 41st Test century and led India to victory with a sweep shot. The second Test in Mohali ended in a draw as India delayed their declaration and not much time was left.
India vs England, 2012-13
(Ind 1, Eng 2)
Alastair Cook’s side were brought down to knees in the first Test in Chennai when Cheteshwar Pujara scored a 206 and Pragyan Ojha picked up a five-wicket haul as England lost by an innings. Cook scored 176 in first innings which probably inspired the boys for the second Test in Mumbai. A decision to pick Monty Panesar alongside Graemme Swann changed the course of the series. Kevin Pietersen played an innings of 186 runs in Mumbai, probably his best, which stemed his name in one of the best the world has seen and Panesar destroyed India to help his team level the series.
The third match at the Eden Gardens was more about how will the pitch behave after India got taste of their own medicine. But it assisted the England seam bowlers as they used reverse swing to pick wickets. James Andserson and Steve Finn took 6 second innings wickets to win the second Test and take the lead. England wished for draw in Nagpur and that is what they got, giving them a series win in India and asserting themselves as a team that can play in the subcontinent.