In the good old days playing in England presented the biggest challenge for Indian teams. The vast difference in the weather and wicket conditions made it the most difficult assignment and little wonder then till the major turning point in 1971 the record read: Tests played 19, England won 15, Drawn 4.
More than the bowling it was the batting that was the bigger problem and the record books are filled with horror stories like 0 for four at Leeds in 1952, a start of six for five at the Oval on the same tour, being bowled out for 58 and 82 in a single day at Manchester a month earlier and so on. Losing by an innings and plenty was not uncommon, sub-200 totals were par for the course and during one particularly unhappy phase eight successive Tests were lost withy a 5-0 whitewash in 1959 being followed by a 3-0 rout eight years later.
Since 1971 the record has been better and while over the years the Indians have performed creditably in other countries too the new bugbear would appearRead More »from Things sadly have not changed