Having lost the World Test Championship (WTC) final to New Zealand in Southampton, Virat Kohli-led India will be hoping to put up a better show when they face England in a five-match Test series, starting from August 4. India have not won a Test series in England since 2007. They were competitive during their visit in 2018 but the scoreline still read 1-4 in favor of the hosts. Till date, India have won only seven Tests against England in England, losing 34. Ahead of the upcoming Test series against England, we analyse India’s chances at each of the five venues.
1st Test – Nottingham
The first India-England Test in Nottingham will be held from August 4-8. India have played seven matches at Trent Bridge out of which they have won two and lost two while the other three ended in a draw. India’s first win at the venue came in 2007 (seven wickets) when Zaheer Khan picked up nine wickets and India’s batters putting up a solid batting show.
Their second win at Trent Bridge came during their previous visit in 2018. Skipper Virat Kohli scored 97 and 103 while Hardik Pandya picked up a five-for and scored a half-century as India won the Test by 203 runs. Nottingham has produced sporting pitches where both batters and bowlers have come into play, aiding India over the years.
India’s chances in Nottingham: Good
2nd Test – Lord’s
The second India-England Test will be played at Lord’s from August 12-16. India have a poor record at the hallowed venue, winning only two and losing as many as 18 Tests. India’s first Test triumph at Lord’s came in 1986 when Chetan Sharma claimed a five-for and Dilip Vengsarkar scored his mandatory ton at his favorite venue. India won the match by five wickets as skipper Kapil Dev chipped in with crucial performances with both bat and ball.
India’s only other Test win at Lord’s came in 2014 when Ajinkya Rahane scored a defiant first-day hundred. Bhuvneshwar Kumar claimed six in the first innings Ishant Sharma picked up seven in the second to bowl India to a famous 95-run win. Lord’s has traditionally aided swing and seam bowling, which is why India have struggled at the venue, particularly the batters, whose technique has been found it.
India’s chances at Lord’s: Very poor
3rd Test – Leeds
The third India-England Test will be held at Headingley, Leeds from August 25-29. India have played six Tests in Leeds of which they have won two and lost three. When it comes to happy venues, Headingley must be India’s favorite in England. They haven’t lost at the venue since 1967. India have won their last two Tests at Headingley.
In 1986, Vengsarkar’s 61 and 102 not out and Roger Binny’s first-innings five-for led India to a commanding 279-run win. In 2002, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly slammed hundreds while Anil Kumble picked up seven wickets as India won by an innings and 46 runs. Leeds is an excellent surface for batting, which is why India have enjoyed themselves here.
India’s chances at Leeds: Very Good
4th Test – Kennington Oval
The fourth Test of the series will be played at the Kennington Oval in London from September 2-6. India have a horrible record at The Oval. They have won only one of the 13 matches played at the venue, losing five while seven were drawn.
India’s only win at the venue came back in 1971, their maiden Test and series win in England. Bhagwath Chandrasekhar’s 6 for 38 bowled India to a hard fought four-wicket victory. India have lost their last three Tests at The Oval very badly as their batting crumbled in typical English conditions.
India’s chances at Kennington Oval: Very poor
5th Test – Manchester
The final Test will be played in Manchester from September 10-14. India have played nine Tests at the venue but have not won a single game. They have lost four while five ended in a draw. India were hammered by an innings and 54 runs the last time they played in Manchester. They were bowled out for under 200 in both essays. Again, their batting has let the team down on challenging surfaces.
India’s chances in Manchester: Very poor