If there is equivalent of FC Barcelona and Liverpool in Cricket then it is definitely the India and England. Ever since it’s first game in 1974 between India and England this rivalry is the third best rivalries in the cricket.
The first rivalry is often Australia and England Ashes series and the second is India and Pakistan rivalry. The India- England rivalry often produced nail-biting encounters over the span of years.
The two sides have face-off against each other total of 97 times from which 39 games won by England and 52 times team India has crossed the line. The rivalry is underrated after the first two rivalries in the cricket.
The two teams have go against each other from the series to the games in the ICC tournaments. Let us take a look at the famous games between two teams from the history
• India Vs England, 2002 NatWest Final, Lord’s
Scoreboard – India -326/8 (49.3 Overs)
England – 325/5 (50 Overs)
This will always be at top of all the games in the history. The final of the Natwest Series at the famous venue in the world Lords. Team India was going through the transition phase and this victory was the major turnaround in the Indian cricket history. No one have expected such sort of resilience from the young team India.
After winning the toss, the host decided to bat first on green pitch of lord’s. Without any doubt they have posted 325/5 in their allocated 50 overs with the fine centuries of Marcus Trescothick (109) and Nasser Hussain (115) – first century after 72 innings.
Coming into the chase team India got off to a flying start and put on 106 run partnership for the first wicket. But they have lost the next 5 wickets with the addition of 40 runs. From 106/0 to 146/5 the momentum was shifted from Team India to England. At this point, fans in stands have started to leave and TV sets have been switched off. With two young players, Yuvraj Singh and Kaif no have expected anything from these two players.
But what’s next was the best comeback of a decade and as these two rookies have written their names in the history books. Kaif and Yuvraj Singh put on 121 run partnership for the 6th wicket to completely turned the game and put team India back into the hunt.
Lower order batsmen great resilience while put crucial small contribution towards the chase. While remained unbeaten on 87* runs Kaif Was adjudged with man of match and helped team India to win the epic game with 2 wickets in hand.
India Vs England, Bristol, 2007
Scoreboard – India – 329/7 (50 Overs)
England – 320/8 (50 Overs)
2nd match of 7 match series and after facing the defeat in the 1st game. Team India was in the pressure and looking for the redemption. Team India decided to bat first after winning the toss, the top order of Indian side confirmed the victory after playing the anchor role and went onto posted 329/7 in their allocated 50 overs.
The major contribution was made by Sachin Tendulkar (99), Yuvraj Singh (49) and Rahul Dravid while remained unbeaten on 92 runs off 63 balls.
Chasing the target of 330, it will be going to the daunting task for them but they have got off to a flying start with 76/1 as they were going close to the target with 176/3 at one stage it looked like they will take the game close but chasing is always the difficult task no matter what. From 176/3 to 240/7 the game completely turnaround and it looked the host has lost the match.
But lower order showed the resilience to took the almost close to the target. But the required run-rate was going out of reach and they have lost the crucial wicket first and match too after by 8 runs.
• India Vs England, Delhi, 2002
Scoreboard – England – 271/5 (50 Overs)
India – 269/8 (50 overs)
Another greatest comeback in a series when team was at the verge of losing it. 6 match series and tourist was already trailing by 3-1 in the series. Team India decided to bowl first after winning the toss, tourists have put the good total on the scoreboard with 271/5 in the allocated 50 overs. The major contribution was made by Nick knight (105) and finest all rounder of England (52).
With the less pressure and just one game away from the series win. Team India started the chase but at the score of 100/3, the emotions and hopes were the mixed bags. Will Team India going to win the game or Not? But Team India has the good batting line-up and put on 111 run partnership for the 4th wicket. From 100/3 to 211/4 the fans in the stadium were jumping into the air and predicting the win easily.
But cricket is a game of uncertainty and that’s followed next when Ashley Giles dismantle the batting line up and picked up 5 wickets with the addition of 28 runs on the scoreboard. Fans were crying and momentum was shifted towards the host but tailender put on the fight but couldn’t take the team over the line and lost the match by 2 runs and also the series was drawn 3-3 as team India also lost the next match of the series.
• India Vs England, Oval, 2007
Scoreboard – England – 316/6 (50 Overs)
India – 317/8 (49.4 Overs)
And this time comeback was made by team India. After being trailing by 3-2 in the series it was the knock out the match for team India in a 7-match series. The host decided to bat first after winning the toss and they have completely lost the momentum at the score of 137/5 looked they will fell restricted under the score of 200 runs. But the scoreboard was 316/6 in their allocated 50 overs.
First Luke right and Owais Shah put on 106 for the 6th wicket and towards the lower order, great resilience shown by Dimitri Mascarenhas who has hit 5 Sixes of Yuvraj Singh over to helped team posted the massive score on the board.
With the pressure of winning the do and die game team, India got off to great start putting on 150 runs partnership for the first wicket in just 22 overs. But they lost the momentum at 234/5. But flamboyant Dhoni and Uthappa put on the match-winning partnership of 60 runs for the 6th wicket. With Dhoni departs and further two more wickets in quick intervals the equation came down to 8 runs off 4 balls – Uthappa was the hero of the match who has two fours on next two balls and level the series by 3-3.