On 24 June 1974, The Team Was Piled On 42 Runs At Lord’s ..June 24, 2020
46 years ago, on this day (24 June), the Indian team was reduced to 42 runs after following the test in the Lord’s tour of England. This shameful record of the lowest score in an innings of Test matches still remains.
This is the lowest score ever in Indian test history
India’s tour of England in 1974 was nothing short of a nightmare. The same England tour ended Ajit Wadekar’s cricket. Captain Wadekar, who reached England again after winning three consecutive Test series, did not know that the entire Indian team collapsed. 46 years ago, on this day (24 June), the Indian team was reduced to 42 runs after following the test in the Lord’s tour of England. This shameful record of the lowest score in an innings of Test matches still remains.
The Indian team had earlier piled on 58 runs twice – first against Brisbane against Australia in 1947 and at Manchester against England in 1952 after 5 years on the same score. By the way, the unsuspecting record of being dismissed for the lowest score in an innings of Test cricket is in the name of New Zealand. England had piled him for just 26 runs in the 1955 Auckland Test. Talking about the low score, South Africa- 30 (twice), 35, 36, Australia- 36, Ireland- 38, New Zealand- 42, Australia- 42 and India- have been reduced to 42 runs.
In fact, Ajit Wadekar was once again touring England as the first captain of India to win three consecutive Test series during 1971-73. He preceded the West Indies on his home ground with a 1-0 (5) in 1970–71, England on his home ground with a 1-0 (3) in 1971, and a tour of India to England 2–1 (5) in 1972–73. Was defeated by.
That is, Wadekar gave India the first series win on the land of West Indies and England. But his previous successes were derailed. India were eliminated 0–3 in the three-Test series on England soil.
Lord’s Test: Indian batsmen surrender
The first test of the tour was played at Old Trafford, Manchester. The Indian team lost this match by 113 runs. The team had lost its rhythm. The second Test was played at Lord’s. Losing the toss of the team proved costly. England scored 629 runs in the first game. Bishan Singh Bedi definitely took 6 wickets, but by scoring 226 runs in 64.2 overs.
In response, the opening pair of Sunil Gavaskar and Farukh Engineer gave India a better start. Both had added 131 runs. But after this, the team lost wickets at frequent intervals. Despite a good start, the Indian team was reduced to 302 runs in their first innings. The hosts got a big lead of 327 runs.
After this, the Indian team, playing a follow-on innings, could play only 17 overs and rolled on 42 runs. England’s right-arm bowler Geoff Arnold took 4 (for 19) and Chris Old (5 for 21). Arnold was given a place in the team at the last minute. Actually, Bob Willis was ruled out of the final 11 due to a back injury.
Indian batsmen surrendered completely in the follow on innings. Sunil Gavaskar (5), Farukh Engineer (0), Captain Wadekar (3), Gundappa Vishwanath (5), Brijesh Patel (1) could not do anything. Eknath Solkar (18 not out) was the only Indian batsman to be able to touch the double figures. England won by an innings and 285 runs.
After this, the Indian team (165 and 216 runs) once again did not face the challenge of England and lost Birmingham Test innings and 78 runs. Curiously, the hosts fell just two wickets (459 / 2d) in this England Test. In this way, India were eliminated 0–3 in the Test series.
Captain Wadekar said goodbye to cricket
This pathetic performance of the Indian team shattered the team. The news came that there was a rift in the senior players and captain of the team. On the other hand, Indian fans were very angry with this defeat, even stones were thrown at the house of Captain Wadekar. Finally, on returning to India, Wadekar announced his retirement from cricket when he learned that the West Zone captaincy had been taken away from him.