Let's remember India's first Test victory in 1952India has now been playing its 500th Test match against New Zealand at Green Park, Kanpur. On this occasion, let us remember India's first Test victory in 1952 at Chepauk, Madras (now Chennai) against England.
India was playing the last Test of the series. Indian Captain was Vijay Hazare, one of the greatest bastmen produced by the country. Indian Team consisted of Vinoo Mankad (the greatest all-rounder of the world), Pankaj Roy (Opener), Polly Umrigar (another great batsman), Lala Amarnath (all-rounder), Dattu Fadkar (all-rounder), Prabir Sen (wicket-keeper) and Ghulam Ahmed (off-spinner), among the others.
The Test was played during 6th to 11th February, 1952. Mankad took 8 wickets in the first inning of England and 4 wickets in the second inning. Ghulam Ahmed took 4 wickets in England's second inning. India batted only once. Pankaj Roy scored 111 and Polly Umrigar scored 130.
The first Test victory came almost after 20 years of getting Test status by India. India won the Test by an inning and eight runs.