For the kids and all the people who saw it and forgot, we will refresh the 1993 India vs England series for you. It all started with India coming back home from Australia, where the Kangaroos beat them in four consecutive matches. It is worthy to note that England was also coming to India losing against Pakistan, so neither of the teams were in a confident position. Adding to this, there was a controversy regarding England dropping David Gower, who had performed magnificently in the last series.
First Test – Kolkata
The first test was to be played at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata. On the first day, Manoj Prabhakar and Navjot Sidhu gave India a solid start by adding 49 runs to the board. But soon, India lost three wickets in succession. However, the youngster Tendulkar and the India captain, Mohammed Azharuddin, posted a 100 run partnership, which brought India back to the game. Azharuddin went on to score a daddy hundred and got out for 182, which helped India post 371 on the board. The spinners did their job for India and scalped the majority of the wickets to help India win.
Second Test – Chennai
Then came the second test. Tendulkar scored his first century in the Indian soil in this match, which was just his fourth inning at home. He partnered with other batsmen in building two double-century stands, which helped India score 560 for the loss of only six wickets. The spin trio of Chauhan, Kumble, and Raju did the job and bowled out England for 286 runs. With the follow on, England could still not reach the trail figure and collapsed for 252, giving India a win by an innings and 22 runs.
Third Test – Mumbai
In Mumbai, India had an opportunity to clean sweep England. England batted first and posted 394 on the board, with Graeme Hick scoring 178 runs. India replied by putting up 591 runs on the board, including Vinod Kambli’s double-hundred (224 runs). When England came to bat again, Kumble took quick four wickets and took England out of the game. India won this match by an innings and 15 runs.
It was the second time India defeated England with an innings in spare. What’s worth remembering here is that it was India’s first Test series (at least three matches) sweep against any country in the world.
This happened not just because of India’s batting prowess but also because of the crucial role that spinners played. Kumble, Sachin, and Kambli, these youngsters from India, had impressed the cricketing community worldwide. Now India has a chance to repeat history. There are four test matches which will start from February 5, 2021, and will be played at Chennai, M.A. Chidambaram Stadium. Following the tests, there are five T20 matches and 3 ODI matches that will be played until March 28, 2021. So it will be a long-tour, but one to watch out for.