English cricket team in India, Pakistan and Ceylon in 1951–52

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England in India 1951-52
  Flag of India.svg Flag of England.svg
  India England
Dates 5 October 1951 – 2 March 1952
Captains Vijay Hazare Nigel Howard
Donald Carr (5th Test)
Test series
Result 5-match series drawn 1–1
Most runs Pankaj Roy (387) Allan Watkins (450)
Most wickets Vinoo Mankad (34) Roy Tattersall (21)

A cricket team from England organised by the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) toured India from 5 October 1951 to 2 March 1952. During this tour England team also played first class matches in Pakistan and Ceylon. In the Test matches, the side was known as "England"; in other matches, it was known as "MCC".[1]

Test series was drawn 1-1, with three matches being drawn.

Background[edit]

It was reported in April 1950 that the MCC would tour India, Pakistan and Ceylon in the 1951–52 season. The squad would play games over three-and-a-half months in India, over a month in Pakistan and over fifteen days in Ceylon.[2]

The English team[edit]

The manager was Geoffrey Howard. The team was announced in late July 1951. Poole replaced Jack Ikin, who was injured, before the team left. Leadbeater replaced Rhodes, who was forced to return home with an injury, early in the tour.[3]

Many of England's leading players made themselves unavailable for the tour, and the resultant team was widely regarded as a "second team".[1][4] Nine of the touring team – Howard, Carr, Leadbeater, Kenyon, Lowson, Poole, Rhodes, Ridgway and Spooner – had no Test experience, while none of the team had played more than nine Tests.[3] None of the team had toured Australia and New Zealand in the Test series of 1950-51.[5][1]

Test matches[edit]

1st Test[edit]

2–7 November 1951
Scorecard
v
203 (102.3 overs)
Jack Robertson 50
Sadu Shinde 6/91 (35.3 overs)
418/6d (175 overs)
Vijay Hazare 164*
Roy Tattersall 2/95 (53 overs)
368/6 (221 overs)
Allan Watkins 137
Vinoo Mankad 4/58 (76 overs)

2nd Test[edit]

14–19 December 1951
Scorecard
v
485/9d (139 overs)
Vijay Hazare 155
Brian Statham 4/96 (29 overs)
456 (207.1 overs)
Tom Graveney 175
Vinoo Mankad 4/91 (57 overs)
208 (83.1 overs)
CD Gopinath 42
Allan Watkins 3/20 (13 overs)
55/2 (36 overs)
Tom Graveney 25
CD Gopinath 1/11 (8 overs)

3rd Test[edit]

30 December–4 January 1952
Scorecard
v
342 (159.5 overs)
Dick Spooner 71
Vinoo Mankad 4/89 (52.5 overs)
344 (149.1 overs)
Dattu Phadkar 115
Fred Ridgway 4/83 (38.1 overs)
252/5d (120 overs)
Dick Spooner 92
Ramesh Divecha 2/55 (25 overs)
103/0 (29 overs)
Vinoo Mankad 71
Roy Tattersall 0/4 (4 overs)

4th Test[edit]

12–14 January 1952
Scorecard
v
121 (61.5 overs)
Pankaj Roy 37
Roy Tattersall 6/48 (21 overs)
203 (95.1 overs)
Allan Watkins 66
Ghulam Ahmed 5/70 (37.1 overs)
157 (66.5 overs)
Hemu Adhikari 60
Malcolm Hilton 5/61 (32 overs)
76/2 (19.2 overs)
Tom Graveney 48
Ghulam Ahmed 1/10 (10 overs)
England won by 8 wickets
Modi Stadium, Kanpur
Umpires: Jamshed Patel and Mysore Vijayasarathi
  • India won the toss and elected to bat.

5th Test[edit]

6–10 February 1952
Scorecard
v
266 (121.5 overs)
Jack Robertson 77
Vinoo Mankad 8/55 (38.5 overs)
457/9d (153 overs)
Polly Umrigar 130
Donald Carr 2/84 (19 overs)
183 (75.5 overs)
Jack Robertson 56
Vinoo Mankad 4/53 (30.5 overs)
India won by an innings and 8 runs
Madras Cricket Club Ground, Chepauk, Madras
Umpires: Balkrishna Mohoni and Mysore Vijayasarathi
  • England won the toss and elected to bat.
  • 7 February was a rest day because of the death of King George VI being announced during the afternoon of Day 1.

This was India's first Test victory, after 20 years and 25 Tests.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Leslie Smith, "M.C.C. Tour of India, Pakistan and Ceylon, 1951-52", Wisden 1953, pp. 773–809.
  2. ^ "M.C.C. Tour of India and Pak. in 1951-52". The Indian Express. 26 April 1950. p. 8. Retrieved 30 June 2019.
  3. ^ a b "England to India 1951-52". Test Cricket Tours. Retrieved 27 July 2019.
  4. ^ a b Mihir Bose, A History of Indian Cricket, Andre Deutsch, London, pp. 177–80.
  5. ^ Reg Hayter, "M.C.C. Team in Australia and New Zealand, 1950-51", Wisden 1952, pp. 783–835.

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