On This Day – 19 November

For today’s look back in time, we travel back to 1984 and a successful England tour of India. In those days tours were of a much greater duration and England had undergone some pretty traumatic times already with the murder of the British Consul early on in the visit. On the field things did not start to well, and if couched in a modern day context (and do you know how hard it is for me to have 1984 not referred to as “modern day”) this result would have social media running wild.

England were playing the India U-25 team in a warm-up game. The Indian team was captained by Ravi Shastri, had Kris Srikkanth opening, Manoj Prabhakar in the bowling ranks, and two players who would go on to impact the test scene but yet to have made their debuts. On the 18th Mohammad Azharuddin made 151 as the U-25s made a score of 392/6 declared in response to England’s first innings effort of 216. However the final day saw England collapse to 117 all out, with Laxman Sivaramakrishnan taking four middle order wickets and sending preparations into disarray in Ahmedabad.


Sivarama would go on to dominate the 1st Test in Mumbai, but England would fight back strongly. Azharuddin would come into the team in the 3rd test and reel off centuries in all the tests he played in but England would win the series. You’d have got long odds on that on 19 November 1984. (Shout out to the blog’s hero who made 11 and 6 in this match).



5 thoughts on “On This Day – 19 November

  1. man in a barrel Nov 20, 2016 / 10:35 pm

    Wasn’t that the last of the epic tours of India? The 2 double hundreds of Gatting and Fowler. The superb bowling of Edmonds and Pocock. Just a lot of hard work. Percy at last got the chance to show what he could do, with proper captaincy. Cowdrey in the West Indies in 1967 was not the right person. Percy led that attack in 84


    • LordCanisLupus Nov 20, 2016 / 10:39 pm

      Certainly was. Remember sneaking a listen of the Madras (Chennai) test during my French Oral Mock O’Level exam. Amarnath and Azha threatening to delay the win after Foster’s heroics in the first innings, and the Fowler (dropped after the next test and never played again for England) Gatting double tons.

      Epic tours indeed. Long since consigned to history.


  2. man in a barrel Nov 20, 2016 / 10:43 pm

    There is a sub text to Fowler getting dropped, if you read his memoir. He had a long term spine injury that compromised his ability to play cricket. He was in a bad place physically that year. Actually lucky to still be walking


    • man in a barrel Nov 20, 2016 / 10:44 pm

      The spine injury was undiagnosed. A result of a car crash 5 years earlier, gradually making itself felt


      • LordCanisLupus Nov 20, 2016 / 10:48 pm

        I sort of remember it being a choice between him and Tim Robinson for the Ashes as Gooch was an automatic choice to return. The feeling was that despite the double ton, Robinson was the preferred opener, and he did have a terrific Ashes with two centuries (and I was quite a fan of Tim at the time). When he fell apart on Blackwash II, then we were in the market for anyone!

        Not read Fowler’s book. Gets good reviews I understand.


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