Indian cricket team in England in 1996

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Indian cricket team in England in 1996
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Dates 5 May – 9 July 1996
Captains Mohammad Azharuddin Mike Atherton
Test series
Result England won the 3-match series 1–0
Most runs Sourav Ganguly (315) Nasser Hussain (318)
Most wickets Venkatesh Prasad (16) Chris Lewis (15)
Player of the series Sourav Ganguly (Ind) and Nasser Hussain (Eng)
One Day International series
Result England won the 3-match series 2–0
Most runs Mohammad Azharuddin (128) Ali Brown (155)
Most wickets Venkatesh Prasad (5) Dominic Cork (5)
Player of the series Mohammad Azharuddin (Ind) and Chris Lewis (Eng)

The Indian cricket team toured England in mid-1996 and played 11 first-class matches including 3 Tests. They also played in three limited overs internationals which were held prior to the Tests. The Indian team was captained by Mohammed Azharuddin. This series marked the Test debuts of Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid and Venkatesh Prasad. The former two would go on to become the mainstays of the Indian batting as well as the captains of the Indian cricket team. Ganguly made a ton on debut, scoring 131 in the Second Test at Lord's, while Prasad took 4 wickets in the first innings of his debut test at Edgbaston. Apart from Ganguly, Dravid and Prasad, the team also included established players such as Sachin Tendulkar, Anil Kumble, Javagal Srinath, Sanjay Manjrekar and Nayan Mongia. The England cricket team was captained by Michael Atherton, with future England captain Nasser Hussain making his Test debut.

The series was a disaster for India, with the team losing both the ODI and Test series 2-0. The series also was infamous for a spat between Azharuddin and opener Navjot Singh Sidhu, with the latter eventually walking out of the tour as a result.[1] Following the tour, Azharuddin, who was also facing personal problems at the time, was sacked as captain.[2]

Test Series[edit]

First Test[edit]

6-9th June 1996
214 (69.1 overs)
Javagal Srinath 52
Dominic Cork 4/61 (20.1 overs)
313 (90.2 overs)
Nasir Hussain 128
Venkatesh Prasad 4/71 (28 overs)
219 (70.4 overs)
Sachin Tendulkar 122
Chris Lewis 5/72 (22.4 overs)
121/2 (33.5 overs)
Mike Atherton 53
Venkatesh Prasad 2/50 (14 overs)
England won by 8 wickets
Edgbaston, Birmingham
Umpires: DB Hair, DR Shepherd
  • India won the toss and decided to bat

Second Test[edit]

20–24 June 1996
344 (130.3 overs)
Jack Russell 124
Venkatesh Prasad 5/76 (33.3 overs)
429 (169.3 overs)
Sourav Ganguly 131
Alan Mullally 3/71 (39 overs)
278/9 d. (121 overs)
Alec Stewart 66
Anil Kumble 3/90 (51 overs)
Match drawn
Lord's Cricket Ground
Umpires: HD Bird, DB Hair
Player of the match: Jack Russell

Third Test[edit]

4–9 July 1996
521 (167 overs)
Sachin Tendulkar 177
Chris Lewis 3/89 (37 overs)
564 (198.5 overs)
Mike Atherton 160
sourav ganguly 3/71 (19.5 overs)
211 (69 overs)
Sachin Tendulkar 74
Mark Ealham 4/21 (14 overs)
Match drawn
Trent Bridge, Nottingham
Umpires: KT Francis, G Sharp
  • India won the toss and decided to bat


External sources[edit]

CricketArchive – tour itineraries

Annual reviews[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • Ramachandra Guha, A Corner of a Foreign Field - An Indian History of a British Sport, Picador, 2001