After the recently concluded ODIs and T20s series in Srilanka, the Indian Team moves to red-ball cricket in a different continent. Both India and England will begin their journey into the second edition of the world test championship with five tests starting on 4th August. Before the Indian Cricket Team begins their campaign, let’s have a look at the top five knocks from an Indian player in England in the last decade.
Pataudi Trophy: 5 Best Knocks by Indian against England in England
Virat Kohli First Test Century in England
Starting with the one that would have a very special place in the Indian skipper Virat Kohli’s heart. Virat’s first test century in English conditions after a tough tour in 2014. He rose like a phoenix in the 2018. Virat Kohli batted at number four in that test match and scored a brilliant 149 runs. He would have been disappointed though as he misses out on that 150 marks as he was the last wicket to fall in the Indian inning.
When India was at 54 for two, Virat Kohli coming out to bat and trying to get close to that England’s first-inning score of 287. Virat’s 149 powered India to 274. He also scored a half-century in the second innings taking his run tally to 200 in the game. However, India lost the test match and Pataudi Trophy. Indian skipper Virat Kohli would be itching to repeat the August 2018 performance.
Ajinkya Rahane standup
The second test match of India’s tour of England in 2014 at Lord saw the Indian team fighting back hard and pulled out a historic victory at Lord cricket ground. That test is famously remembered for Ishan Sharma. Sharma destroys the English lineup with his bouncer on the final day of the test match. However, in the first inning of this test match, India reeling at 86 for 3 when Ajinkya Rahane walked out to bat. Rahane held one end up and helped team India get close to the 300 marks and on his Lord’s debut match, Rahane scored a fabulous hundred. India won the match by 95 runs and took a 1-0 lead in Pataudi Trophy in 2014.
Rahul Dravid 146
In 2011, Rahul Dravid’s 146 not out in the fourth Test at the oval while opening the inning is remembered fondly by the Indian fans. That was the last test match of Rahul Dravid and he made sure that he signed off well with an unbeaten 146 runs. Though India had a forgetful tour losing all 4 test matches. However, Rahul Dravid returned as India’s highest run-getter on that tour with 461 runs to his name and at a staggering average of almost 76.
Rishabh Pant counter attack Hundred
Rishabh Pant who faced a lot of criticism for his keeping silenced his critics with a counter-attack inning in 2018. In the fourth Test, he smashed 146 balls 114 runs at the oval. With the hundred in the final test Pant also became the first Indian wicketkeeper-batsman to score a hundred in England surpassing the previous best of Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s 92. India lost the final test and the Pataudi Trophy. but Rishabh had shown the world that his hard-hitting abilities were of good use in Test cricket.
KL Rahul’s fighting century
In the same inning, as Rishabh pant scored his first ton, there was another man scoring his first century in England. KL Rahul swashbuckling 149 runs as an opener in the fourth inning of the final test in 2018. He along with Pant added 204 runs for the sixth wicket. This was the last test match played by KL Rahul. Though he recently scored a century in the practice match against the county team. (source)
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