Tuesday, August 24 marks 50 years since India defeated England at The Oval to create historical past, registering their first Take a look at collection win on English soil.
In a video uploaded on bcci.television, Shastri reminisced about recollections of that legendary triumph. He recalled:
“50 years in the past, India first beat England to win a Take a look at collection in England. I used to be 9 years previous and I very distinctly bear in mind each ball bowled in that Take a look at match. I used to be listening to the radio, you had nice commentators. It was riveting stuff, particularly when it bought near the wire within the third and the fourth innings. I bear in mind Farokh Engineer, the dashing skilled, he was one of many first professionals in England, getting runs in each innings – a half-century within the first, an important 28 not out within the second. Vishy (Gundappa Viswanath) getting some runs, Ajit Wadekar (Indian captain) getting some runs within the first innings. Eki (Eknath Solkar), as all the time, chipping in with runs and wickets when it mattered.”
Shastri recalled that India’s catching and bowling within the match was excellent. He added:
“Eki’s two catches, actually on the strip, one off Venkat (Srinivas Venkataraghavan) and one off Chandra (Chandrasekhar), have been excellent catches. I additionally bear in mind Venkat taking one within the slips. And, after all, the brilliance of Chandrasekhar, turned the sport on its head. 6 for 38, I nonetheless bear in mind the figures. I bear in mind 59 by Engineer within the first innings.”
1971 triumph in England set the tone: Ravi Shastri
Shastri admitted that he bought nervous as India misplaced a couple of wickets within the chase. He described then England captain Ray Illingworth as a shrewd thinker who made a chase of 173 seem like 273. The previous left-arm spinner additional recalled:
“When it bought tight ultimately, (there was) an important partnership between Viswanath and Engineer. It took India near a win after which Vishy, my childhood hero, bought out. My coronary heart was beating with nearly 8-10 runs to get as a result of Illingworth was most likely one of many shrewdest captains within the enterprise. He made a 172-173 seem like 272-273. Each run was essential and India bought it in singles in direction of the tip after which Engineer got here in and performed a couple of pictures.”
“It was Abid Ali, who hit the successful runs, I nonetheless bear in mind. By level, hit it for 4. The gang invaded The Oval on that day. Abid forgot to take the stumps, he ran midway in direction of the pavilion. After which that’s a basic sight, the place he goes again to get a stump however there are not any stumps left.”
The Indian head coach admitted that the collection victory in England in 1971 served as a serious inspiration for the approaching era. Shastri concluded:
“Engineer was carried again on the shoulders of everybody. It lifted the spirits of Indian cricket in an enormous method. It gave them the idea that they’ll go abroad and win. To do it in England is all the time a narrative. Fifty years have passed by. These gamers, whoever have been a part of that workforce, actually set the tone.”
By the way, the present Indian workforce are in England for a five-match Take a look at collection. With a 1-0 lead, they may tackle England within the third Take a look at, which begins on Wednesday at Headingley.