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).