August 24, 1971 is a special and memorable date for Indian cricket because on that day not only did India win its first Test match in England; but also recorded its first series win in that country.
Despite conceding a lead of 71 runs in the first innings, India came back strongly to bundle England out for 101. BS Chandrasekhar with 6 for 38 was the wrecker-in-chief in England's second innings. His sensational spell meant the Ajit Wadekar-led team needed 173 to win the Test.
India had a day and a half to chase down the target, and, despite some scares crossed the finish line to set off euphoric celebrations.
This also ended England's run of 26 Test matches without defeat. [TAG: CYCSPL]
BRIEF SCORES: England 355 (Alan Knott 90, John Jameson 82, Richard Hutton 81, Eknath Solkar 3-28, S Venkataraghavan 2-63) and 101 (Brian Luckhurst 33, BS Chandrasekhar 6-38, S Venkataraghavan 2-44) LOST TO India 284 (Farokh Engineer 59, Dilip Sardesai 54, Ajit Wadekar 48, Ray Illingworth 5-70, John Snow 2-68) and 174 for 6 (Ajit Wadekar 45, Dilip Sardesai 40, Derek Underwood 3-72).