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India’s humiliating innings defeat to England not the worst ever at Old Trafford

Pankaj Singh is bowled for a duck by Chris Jordan during India's second innings in the fourth Test at Old Trafford. He became the second Indian player to bag a pair of ducks at the venue, the other being former opener Pankaj Roy in 1952.
Pankaj Singh became the second Indian player to bag a pair at Old Trafford, the other being former opener Pankaj Roy in 1952.

Going by India’s past records at Old Trafford, it was no surprise that India suffered a humiliating innings defeat against England. Abhijit Banare looks at India’s poor performances at Old Trafford.

India have posted the highest score by a team with six ducks in a Test innings.  If you are an Indian fan, always look at the positive side with numbers like these. India also managed to avoid the worst performance at Old Trafford on many counts. Have a look at the overall record below and some of India’s worst performances against England here.

No

Date

Result

Margin

Series Result

1

25-Jul-36

Draw

England 2-1

2

20-Jul-46

Draw

England 1-0

3

17-Jul-52

Lost

Inns and 207 runs

England 3-0

4

23-Jul-59

Lost

117 runs

England 5-0

5

05-Aug-71

Draw

India 1-0

6

06-Jun-74

Lost

113 runs

England 3-0

7

24-Jun-82

Draw

England 1-0

8

09-Aug-90

Draw

England 1-0

9

09-Aug-14

Lost

Inns and 54 runs

 

The 1952 defeat: 58 and 82 all-out still remains India’s worst defeat for India at this venue. In terms of lowest total, of course India bettered it with the Summer of ’42 in 1974.

Lowest innings total by India at Old Trafford:

Runs

Year

58

1952

82

1952

152

2014

161

2014

170

1946

182

1974

Overs faced: India faced 89.4 overs compared  to 58.1 in the 1952 loss. There was hope that India could give the 58 all out a run for its money when they were eight for four but they somehow went past that comfortably.

Pankaj issues: Pankaj Singh and Pankaj Roy are two of the three Indians to bag a pair of ducks at Old Trafford. Hence the conclusion, if your name is Pankaj, better don’t bat at this venue. To add to the irony, one is an opener, the other a No 11. Bishan Singh Bedi too bagged a pair in 1974. BS Chandrasekhar narrowly missed as he remained unbeaten on 0 in the second innings of the same Test.

Ducks comparison? : There were a total of six ducks adding both innings in 1952. India of course managed to achieve it in one innings only to create a world record.

India’s other two defeats: The defeat of 1959 and 1974 look much better when you see the embarrassing figures from the innings defeat. The 1959 defeat was a fighting one. Left to chase 548, Abbas Ali Baig and Polly Umrigar notched up resolute innings to score 376 runs. 1974 was India’s best chance to secure a victory. Chasing 296, Sunil Gavaskar and Gundappa Viswanath scored fifties. At one stage, they were 103 for two before the collapse began. The last five batsmen were in single digits as India folded up for 182.

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(Abhijit Banare is a reporter at CricketCountry. He is an avid quizzer and loves to analyse and dig out interesting facts which allows him to learn something new every day. Apart from cricket he also likes to keep a sharp eye on Indian politics, and can be followed on Twitter and blog)

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