Hope you have read the earlier post:
Here we continue our focus on Lord’s with the list of Indian batsmen and bowlers who figure on the honors boards there.
(This was written in 2016, but remains valid as Indian players did not achieve anything of note on their visit to Lord’s in 2018.)
Some points of interest:
Mankad’s century came along with a five-for. He and Ian Botham are the only ones to score a century and take a five-for in the same match at Lord’s.
Dilip Vengsarkar is the only visiting batsman from any country to score 3 Test centuries at this venue.
Ganguly’s 131 came on his Test debut. It is the highest innings score by anyone making his Test debut at this venue.
Agarkar made his only Test century here-all the more remarkable as his next highest score was 41. Now you know the answer to the old quiz question “What batting feat was attained by Agarkar and not by Gavaskar and Tendulkar?”
So we see the Indian batsmen on the honors board listed above. Let us stretch a bit and include those who scored 100 or more in a match without making a century:
The most runs here is by Kapil in 1982. He also took 5 wickets in the match.
Gavaskar did make 100 runs in a match here, but Tendulkar did not.
3 frontline batsmen scored a hundred runs in 2002, but it was only Agarkar who scored a century in that Test.
Now we come to the bowling boards, listing all Indians who have taken 5 wickets in an innings here:
A fair cross-section of Indian bowlers over the years. Ishant Sharma now holds the record with 7-74, surpassing the record of 6-35 by Amar Singh in 1936. Mohammed Nissar’s fiver came on his Test debut which was also India’s first Test.
Match bowling figures for the above matches are given here:
From this, we can see that the best match figures by an Indian bowler are 8-168 by Kapil in 1982-when he also scored over a hundred runs including an 89.This would be the second-best all-round performance by an Indian at Lord’s, surpassed only by Mankad’s epic in 1952.
Next to Kapil’s 8-wicket haul there are 7-wicket hauls by Prasad, RP Singh and Ishant Sharma.
We now look at cases where players took 5 wickets in a match, without taking a five-for in an innings. Here the match figures are given:
Kapil’s effort came in India’s first victory at this venue.
Also look back to the match starting on 22 Jul 1971, where three spinners accounted for 17 wickets. This came close to being India’s first victory at Lord’s (and in England).
There is also an honors board for 10-wicket hauls, in which no Indian appears. There are some performances by English bowlers against India, notably Alec Bedser’s 11-wicket haul on his debut in 1946.
Tail piece: After the 2018 Test, England and India had played 18 Tests there. England lead 12-2 with 4 draws. India’s two victories were in 1986 and 2014.
As mentioned above, the 1971 draw came close to being India’s first victory there, with the closing score of 145/8 while chasing 183.