India’s first Test series victory in England
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The year 1971 was a watershed moment for Indian cricket. Ajit Wadekar's team first beat West Indies 1-0 on their turf before embarking on a challenge in England. In Old Blighty, they beat the hosts 1-0 by clinching the third and final Test at The Oval © Getty Images
India made history on this day, 43 years ago, when they beat England for the first time on foreign soil. India made a legacy of the third Test at Oval by winning the Test by four wickets and winning their first major series outside home by a 1-0 margin.
After conceding a 71-run lead to England in the first innings, Bhagwat Chandrasekhar bowled a memorable spell of spin bowling to bamboozle the English batsmen, the last of which returned to the pavilion with the team registering 101 runs on the scoreboard. Chandrasekhar’s figures of 6 fro 38 in that innings is still widely considered as one of the most memorable spells ever by an Indian bowler.
India chased the target of 174 with four wickets to spare on the final day after 101 overs. Syed Abid Ali had the honour of hitting the winning runs as the Indian fans invaded the pitch after the win.