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Indian cricket team in England in 1979

The Indian cricket team toured England in the 1979 season and played 16 first-class fixtures, winning only one, losing 3 and drawing 12.

India played four Test matches and lost the series to England 1-0 with three Tests drawn. England won the First Test at Edgbaston by an innings and 83 runs. The Second Test at Lord's, the Third Test at Headingley and the Fourth Test at The Oval were all drawn.

The Indian team was captained by Srinivasaraghavan Venkataraghavan and included notable players such as Sunil Gavaskar, Gundappa Viswanath, Dilip Vengsarkar, Bhagwat Chandrasekhar and Kapil Dev.

Test series summary

First Test

12–16 July 1979
Scorecard
v
India
633/5 d. (165.2 overs)
David Gower 200
Kapil Dev 5/146 (48 overs)
297 (116.1 overs)
Gundappa Viswanath 78
Bob Willis 3/69 (24 overs)
253 (95.4 overs)
Sunil Gavaskar 68
Ian Botham 5/70 (29 overs)
England won by an innings and 83 runs
Edgbaston, Birmingham
Umpires: DJ Constant, BJ Meyer
  • England won the toss and decided to bat

Second Test

2–7 August 1979
Scorecard
v
England
96 (55.5 overs)
Sunil Gavaskar 42
Ian Botham 5/35 (19 overs)
419/9 d. (129.5 overs)
David Gower 82
Kapil Dev 3/93 (38 overs)
318/4 (148 overs)
Gundappa Viswanath 113
Phil Edmonds 2/62 (45 overs)
Match drawn
Lord's Cricket Ground
Umpires: HD Bird, KE Palmer
  • India won the toss and decided to bat

Third Test

16–21 August 1979
Scorecard
v
India
270 (80.5 overs)
Ian Botham 137
Kapil Dev 3/84 (27 overs)
223/6 (110 overs)
Sunil Gavaskar 78
Bob Willis 2/42 (18 overs)
Match drawn
Headingley, Leeds
Umpires: HD Bird, BJ Meyer
  • England won the toss and decided to bat

Fourth Test

30Aug- 4Sep 1979
Scorecard
v
India
305 (124.5 overs)
Graham Gooch 79
Venkataraghavan 3/59 (29 overs)
202 (79.3 overs)
Gundappa Viswanath 62
Ian Botham 4/65 (28 overs)
334/8 (116.5 overs)
Geoff Boycott 125
Karsan Ghavri 3/76 (34 overs)
429/8 (150.5 overs)
Sunil Gavaskar 221
Ian Botham 3/97 (29 overs)
Match drawn
Kennington Oval, Kennington
Umpires: DJ Constant, KE Palmer
  • England won the toss and decided to bat

External sources

CricketArchive – tour itineraries

Annual reviews

Further reading

  • Ramachandra Guha, A Corner of a Foreign Field - An Indian History of a British Sport, Picador, 2001
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