Indian cricket team in England in 1959

Indian Cricket Team In England In 1959

Indian cricket team in England in 1959

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The Indian cricket team toured England in the 1959 season. The team played five Test matches against England and lost them all: the first time that England had won all the matches in a five-match series. Only one of the Tests, the game at Manchester, went into the fifth day.

In all first-class matches, the Indian team won just six times and lost 11, with 16 of the 33 games left drawn.

The background

India's first tour of England since 1952 came with the Indian side in transition. A home series against West Indies in 1958-59 had been lost 3-0, and there had been four captains in the five Tests. Three of those four, Ghulam Ahmed, Vinoo Mankad and Hemu Adhikari, retired from Test cricket after that series and the 1959 touring party included a lot of unproven players.

England has also had a chastening experience in the run-up to the 1959 Test series. Having retained The Ashes in 1956, overcome the West Indies' Ramadhin and Valentine combination in 1957, and crushed New Zealand in 1958, the team had been full of confidence that The Ashes would be retained in Australia in 1958-59. In the event, the tour was a disaster, and Australia won 4-0.

The Indian team

The team consisted of 17 players, and that rose to 18 when Abbas Ali Baig was recruited at the end of the Oxford University cricket season to take the place of the injured Vijay Manjrekar. The team was captained by Datta Gaekwad and managed by the Maharaja of Baroda, himself a cricketer for Baroda and at 29 younger than...
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