The Chennai ground has been one of the luckiest grounds for the Indian cricket team so far. It was here that India won their first Test match. On this ground in Chennai, India has won several times against England. So let us tell you the story of India’s first Test match victory, which is the 69th anniversary today. This ground has always been very special for Indian cricket and Indian players. Many good and special memories of Indian cricket have been associated with this ground. Actually India started in Test cricket in 1932. For this victory, the Indian cricket team had to wait for 20 years. In such a situation, this victory has always been a memorable moment in Indian cricket and at the same time the ground of Chennai was equally lucky.
Who was leading the team ?
Let me tell you that at that time Vijay Hazare was leading the Indian team and the ground was Chepak Stadium in Chennai. It would be surprising to know that the Indian team used to get hardly 250 rupees for a match. Although now Indian cricketers get up to 15 lakh rupees for playing a test match, but that era was completely different. Vijay Hazare captained the match in that match, till today, cricket lovers do not get tired of praising Hazare.
India had two centuries in that match, but the real hero of the win became Vinod Mankad, who had scored with his fine bowling. In fact, he was the first star all-rounder, who was at the peak in those days. Lala Amarnath was also in the Indian team at that time, who was a tremendous all-rounder. Dattu Phadkar was also included in the team as an all-rounder cricketer. Vijay Hazare was considered one of the finest batsmen of that time, the young Paul Umrigar had established himself in the team as an amazing off-spinner who often started bowling.
How was the first Test match team:
At that time the Indian team was the perfect mix of young and experienced players. Young players like Pankaj Rai, Mushtaq Ali were part of the Indian team. However, the England team that came to India in 1952 was considered to be more or less a weak team as many of their well-known cricketers were not included in that team, which included cricketers like Len Hutton, Cyril Washbrook, Dennis Compton, Bill Aldrich, Alec Bedser and Jim Laker. Were. Let me tell you that Madras was the last match in the Test and Donald Car captained that match because the regular captain of the team, Nigel Howard was injured.
Rest day in test match!
Let us tell you that the Test match started with England winning the toss. It is said that the initial wicket is not usually helpful to the bowlers. England’s team was scoring comfortably. Even after this, England’s score was 224 for 05 wickets after the first day’s game due to tight bowling by Mankad. King George V died on the second day of the Test match, due to which the match could not be held, and that day was declared as Rest Day. The best part is that at that time there was also a day of rest in test matches. And this tradition of rest day continued till the 70s. But Rest Day was scrapped in the 80s. Well, when the match started again, the lower order of England team was completely uprooted by Mankad’s superb bowling.
Mankad took eight wickets for 55 runs in that innings, his balls were coming dangerously on the off stump, now it was to see what the Indian batsmen do next …Venu Mankad was punished for this That he bowled so accurately on the wicket supporting batting. And like this, Mankad, with his brilliant bowling, waving his victory on the last wicket, made a historic day for the Indian cricket team. This was the first and historic victory of the Test match for the Indian cricket team. There was a wave of happiness in the spectators and for the cricket lovers in the country, it became a festive atmosphere. After two decades of waiting, the Indian team had won by an innings and 08 runs. Veenu Mankad took 12 wickets in this match in total, which can be gauged as to how successful Mankad was in that series. Experts believe that this historic victory served to create new confidence in Indian cricket.