Virat Kohli’s team will repeat the feat of Wadekar’s 1971 team in England: Gavaskar

back icon
safari
25 Aug 2021 | 07:33 AM
authorcricket.com staff

Virat Kohli’s team will repeat the feat of Wadekar’s 1971 team in England: Gavaskar

Sunil Gavaskar affirmed that the current Indian side in England will come home victorious like Ajit Wadekar’s side in 1971

Under Ajit Wadekar’s leadership, the Indian side managed to battle all odds and defeat the Three Lions in their own backyard, registering a landmark win in England, in 1971. 50 years after the win, with India’s victory at Lord’s, Virat Kohli’s side stand just two wins away from winning the five-match Test series against the Three Lions. Former Indian opener Sunil Gavaskar reckoned that Kohli’s side has the caliber to repeat the feat of Wadekar’s 1971 team. 

"So now this time around too, at The Oval, India will clinch the series just like we did way back in 1971. Be rest assured of that. This team will repeat what 1971 Wadekar's team did," Gavaskar said in a video on his official Instagram handle.

On the 50th anniversary of the remarkable win, Gavaskar recalled the 1971 Test series, and hailed that it was a truly ‘unforgettable’ outing for the visitors, which also happened to be India’s first Test win. 

"50 years ago, on August 24th, India won a Test in England for the first time and with it the Test series. What a day it was... It was truly unforgettable. The crowds that lined up the Oval was something similar to what happened in 1983.

“Of course, 1983 was much bigger because the whole of Lord's cricket ground seemed to be taken by Indian supporters. But it was truly unforgettable(India's first Test win), truly memorable,” he added.

After two draws in the 1971 series, India pulled off an improbable win in the third Test, at Kenningston Oval, where BS Chandrasekhar, with his six-wicket haul helped India bundle the hosts out for just 101. While the chase was always going to be tricky for India, Wadekar’s 45 in the second innings ensured that India completed their first Test win in the English shores. 

"Ajit Wadekar led the side superbly and there was some tremendous batting by Farokh Engineer, Gundappa Viswanath, Dilip Sardesai to take us home. But above all, it was BS Chandrasekhar six wickets for 38 that dismissed England for only 101 in the second innings and paved the way for India to win," he said.

heart
shareGray Share
Tags
England vs IndiaIndia tour of England, 2021IndiaVirat KohliSunil Gavaskar

Related Articles

safari
OPINION
A win after 50 years, most for an Asian captain, Bumrah fastest to 100 wickets and more
Here are a few noteworthy stats from the fifth day of the fourth Test between England and India at the Oval
userAnirudh Kasargod
06 Sep 2021
safari
OPINION
Best of Team India at The Oval
Can India go 2-1 up? History is certainly not on their side
usercricket.com staff
01 Sep 2021
safari
NEWS
Current team's depth and balance the best in Indian history: Gavaskar
Batting legend Sunil Gavaskar felt that the current team, led by Virat Kohli, is the best in Indian cricket's history
usercricket.com staff
06 Aug 2021
safari
OPINION
The 89-year old India-England rivalry in pictures
Revisiting the India-England Test rivalry in England through pictures of the most iconic moments
userShubh Aggarwal
03 Aug 2021
safari
OPINION
India’s struggle on English soil, Root and Kohli to make history and many more
Here is the statistical preview of India’s tour of England starting from August 4 at Trent Bridge, Nottingham
userAnirudh Kasargod
01 Aug 2021
safari
NEWS
This is probably the best Indian team that has even been out in the park, feels Dinesh Karthik
India are all set to take on New Zealand in the inaugural World Test Championship finals in Southampton
usercricket.com staff
09 Jun 2021
safari
NEWS
Gavaskar "remains my hero", says Tendulkar
On the 50th anniversary of Gavaskar's iconic Test debut against the West Indies, legendary Tendulkar took to twitter paying glowing tributes to his role model
userPTI
06 Mar 2021
safari
OPINION
Memorable Indian wins against England in Test cricket
After India's comeback win in Chennai, here is a look back on some famous victories for India against England
userAbhishek Mukherjee
23 Feb 2021
safari
ONTHISDAY
42 all out!
On this day, India were bundled out for their lowest Test total of all-time
userHardik Worah
24 Jun 2020
safari
ONTHISDAY
First step of a distinguished career
On this day Sunil Gavaskar registered his maiden Test century against West Indies
userAnirudh Kasargod
21 Mar 2020
logo
Cricket like never before
Follow us on
FacebookTwitterLinkedin
@ 2020 cricket.com | All rights reserved