New Delhi. India will never want to remember the day of 24 June in the history of cricket. On this day, the innings of the 1974 Indian Test team was reduced to just 42 runs. India lost by an innings and 285 runs in the second Test of the series against England at the historic Lord’s ground under the captaincy of Ajit Wadekar. In this match, which started on 20 June, England scored a big score of 629 runs in their first innings. After this India scored 302 runs in their first innings. Then following on, India’s second innings was reduced to a total of 42 runs in just 17 overs.
England team captained by Mike Denness won the toss and batted first and batted brilliantly. Opener Dennis Amis scored 188 runs in 303 balls with the help of 29 fours. Apart from him, captain Mike Denness scored 118 while Tony Greig scored 106 runs. England scored 629 runs batting 182.5 overs. Veteran spinner Bishan Singh Bedi took 6 wickets for India while Syed Abid Ali and Erapalli Prasanna got 2 wickets each.
India scored 302 runs in 101.5 overs in the first innings. Wicket-keeper batsman Farooq Engineer scored the highest 86 runs for the team. He hit 11 fours in 118 balls. Gundappa Vishwanath also scored a half-century and scored 52 runs in 127 balls with the help of 6 fours. Opener and veteran batsman Sunil Gavaskar contributed 49 while Eknath Solkar contributed 43 runs. Chris Old took 4 wickets for England while Mike Hendricks took 3 wickets in his name.
While following on, India’s second innings was reduced to a small score of only 42 runs. Eknath Solkar returned unbeaten on 18, who was also the highest run-scorer for the team. Apart from him, no other batsman could even touch the double figure. Chris Old did wonders in the second innings as well and took 5 wickets. Geoff Arnold took 4 wickets for 19 runs.
For nearly 46 years, this was the lowest score of the Indian team in Test cricket. However, in 2020, Team India made it even bigger, when Australia bundled it out for just 36 runs. Indian batsmen made their lowest score in Test cricket by scoring 36 runs in their second innings in the first match of the Australia tour.
FIRST PUBLISHED : June 24, 2022, 07:02 IST