As Virat and his Indian side prepare to face England in the second Test match at the Lord's Cricket Ground, here's a list of Indian players, who have, over the years, excelled at the venue, which is widely referred to as the 'home of cricket'
Vinoo Mankad (1952): Vinoo Mankad became the first Indian to score a 100 and take five wickets in the same Test. In the 1952 Test at Lord's against England the Indian all-rounder top-scored with 72 in the first innings and followed it up with 184 runs in the second innings. He also took 5 wickets for 196 runs during England's first innings. Though India lost the Test, Mankad's all-round effort was the only notable performance in the series, in which India were heavily outmatched by England. Pic/ mid-day archives
Dilip Vengsarkar (1986): Dilip Vengsarkar amassed 508 runs in four appearances (1979, 1982, 1986 and 1990) in Lord's, scoring three centuries and he remains the only non-Englishman to have scored three or more centuries at Lord's. But perhaps his best of the three came in the 1986 Lord’s Test when he scored a masterful 126 and India eventually won the match by five wickets, their first Test victory at Lord's and only their second in 33 Tests in England. India also wrapped up the three-Test series 2-0
Chetan Sharma (1986): In the 1986 Lord's Test, Chetan Sharma produced a fine spell of pace bowling claiming 5 for 64 in the first innings to set up India's first Test victory at Lord's and only their second in 33 Tests in England
Mohammed Azharuddin (1990): The Lord’s Test of 1990 between England and India is remembered for Graham Gooch's incredible batting performance and Kapil Dev hitting four consecutive sixes of Eddie Hemmings to save the follow-on. However, India skipper Mohammed Azharuddin's counter-attack against the English bowlers was breathtaking and dazzling that enthralled the spectators and millions watching on TV. Azhar scored 121 in 111 balls, with 22 fours. India lost the match by 247 runs but Azhar's innings is still considered one of the best played at Lord's by a visiting team player
Sourav Ganguly (1996): In the second Test of the series in 1996, debutant Sourav Ganguly walked in at No. 3 and scored a memorable 131 runs, which still remains the highest by any batsman on debut at the ground. Rahul Dravid, who also made his debut in the same Test, fell five short of a debut hundred. The duo helped India draw the Test
Venkatesh Prasad (1996): Indian fans will perhaps remember 1996 Test match at Lord's for Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid, the former scoring a century while the latter fell short of his hundred by just 5 runs, in their debut match. The game ended in a tame draw but Indian pacer Venkatesh Prasad produced an outstanding display of pace bowling to bag 7 wickets in the match
Ajit Agarkar (2002): At Lord’s in 2002, Ajit Agarkar, batting at No. 8. hit an unbeaten 109 to prove that he was no mug with the bat. Though India lost the Test, Agarkar produced his best-ever batting performance to salvage some pride in the match
Rahul Dravid (2007): The 2011 Lord's Test between India and England was the 2,000th Test and the 100th between England and India. Rahul Dravid defied the English bowlers with his superb footwork and exquisite driving to score an unbeaten 103. However, the other Indian batsmen could not match his skills and India conceded a big lead in the first innings and eventually lost the match to England
MS Dhoni (2007): Needing 308 to win the Test, India was looking at defeat but Dhoni defied England with a gritty 76 not out of 159 balls to help the visitors earn a crucial draw. India won the next Test by 7 wickets at Nottingham and went on to win the series 1-0
Virat Kohli and Co are currently 0-1 down against hosts England at the ongoing five-match Test series. India face England in the second Test at Lord's Cricket Ground.
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