Indian cricket team in England in 1996

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Indian cricket team in England in 1996
  Flag of India.svg Flag of England.svg
  India England
Dates 5 May–9 July 1996
Captains Mohammad Azharuddin Michael Atherton
Test series
Result England won the 3-match series 1–0
Most runs Sachin Tendulkar (428) Nasser Hussain (318)
Most wickets Venkatesh Prasad (16) Chris Lewis (15)
Player of the series Sourav Ganguly (Ind) and Nasser Hussain (Eng)
One Day International series
Results England won the 3-match series 2–0
Most runs Mohammad Azharuddin (128) Ali Brown (155)
Most wickets Venkatesh Prasad (5) Dominic Cork (5)
Player of the series Mohammad Azharuddin (Ind) and Chris Lewis (Eng)

The Indian cricket team toured England in the 1996 cricket season. They played a total of eighteen matches, including three Tests and three One Day Internationals (ODIs) against England.[1] In the Tests and ODIs, India were captained by Mohammad Azharuddin, while Michael Atherton captained England.

This tour saw Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid and Venkatesh Prasad make their Test debuts. Prasad made his debut in the 1st Test at Edgbaston, taking six wickets in this match and ultimately finishing as the leading wicket-taker in the Test series with 16. Ganguly and Dravid made their debuts in the 2nd Test at Lord's, scoring 131 and 95 respectively; both would go on to become mainstays of the Indian batting as well as national captains. The team also included established players such as Azharuddin, Sachin Tendulkar, Anil Kumble, Javagal Srinath, Sanjay Manjrekar and Nayan Mongia.

Nonetheless, the tour was a disaster for India. The team lost the Test series 1–0 (with the last two matches drawn), and the ODI series 2–0 (with no result in the first match due to rain). The rest of the tour saw victories in a single-innings match against the Duke of Norfolk's XI and limited-overs matches against an England National Cricket Association XI and Middlesex, but also defeats in a limited-overs match against Northamptonshire and a first-class match against Derbyshire.[1] The tour was also marred by a spat between Azharuddin and opener Navjot Singh Sidhu, which resulted in the latter walking out of the tour after the 2nd ODI.[2] Following the tour, Azharuddin, who was also facing personal problems at the time, was sacked as captain.[3]

Tour matches[edit]

Three-day: British Universities v Indians[edit]

26–28 June 1996
457/6d (110 overs)
Ajay Jadeja 112*
Kervin Marc 3/91 (25 overs)
217 (74.5 overs)
Gul Khan 56
Narendra Hirwani 6/60 (29.5 overs)
231/3d (68 overs)
Rahul Dravid 101*
Scott Boswell 1/21 (8 overs)
Match drawn
Fenner's, Cambridge
Umpires: Nigel Cowley and John Harris
  • Indians won the toss and elected to bat.

Test series[edit]

1st Test[edit]

6–9 June 1996
214 (69.1 overs)
Javagal Srinath 52 (65)
Dominic Cork 4/61 (20.1 overs)
313 (90.2 overs)
Nasser Hussain 128 (227)
Venkatesh Prasad 4/71 (28 overs)
219 (70.4 overs)
Sachin Tendulkar 122 (177)
Chris Lewis 5/72 (22.4 overs)
121/2 (33.5 overs)
Michael Atherton 53* (100)
Venkatesh Prasad 2/50 (14 overs)
England won by 8 wickets
Edgbaston Cricket Ground, Birmingham
Umpires: Darrell Hair (Aus) and David Shepherd (Eng)
Player of the match: Nasser Hussain (Eng)

2nd Test[edit]

20–24 June 1996
344 (130.3 overs)
Jack Russell 124 (261)
Venkatesh Prasad 5/76 (33.3 overs)
429 (169.3 overs)
Sourav Ganguly 131 (301)
Alan Mullally 3/71 (39 overs)
278/9d (121 overs)
Alec Stewart 66 (136)
Anil Kumble 3/90 (51 overs)
Match drawn
Lord's Cricket Ground, London
Umpires: Dickie Bird (Eng) and Darrell Hair (Aus)
Player of the match: Jack Russell (Eng)

3rd Test[edit]

4–9 July 1996
521 (167 overs)
Sachin Tendulkar 177 (360)
Chris Lewis 3/89 (37 overs)
564 (198.5 overs)
Michael Atherton 160 (376)
Sourav Ganguly 3/71 (19.5 overs)
211 (69 overs)
Sachin Tendulkar 74 (97)
Mark Ealham 4/21 (14 overs)
Match drawn
Trent Bridge, Nottingham
Umpires: K. T. Francis (SL) and George Sharp (Eng)
Player of the match: Sourav Ganguly (Ind)
  • India won the toss and elected to bat.
  • Mark Ealham (Eng) made his Test debut.

ODI series[edit]

1st ODI[edit]

23–24 May 1996
291/8 (50 overs)
96/5 (17.1 overs)
Graeme Hick 91 (102)
Anil Kumble 2/29 (10 overs)
Sachin Tendulkar 30 (19)
Chris Lewis 4/40 (8.1 overs)
No result
The Oval, London
Umpires: Ray Julian (Eng) and Peter Willey (Eng)
Player of the match: Chris Lewis (Eng)

2nd ODI[edit]

25 May 1996
158 (40.2 overs)
162/4 (39.3 overs)
Mohammad Azharuddin 40 (68)
Peter Martin 3/34 (8.2 overs)
Graham Thorpe 79* (118)
Venkatesh Prasad 2/33 (9 overs)
England won by 6 wickets
Headingley Cricket Ground, Leeds
Umpires: Mervyn Kitchen (Eng) and Alan Whitehead (Eng)
Player of the match: Graham Thorpe (Eng)
  • England won the toss and elected to field.
  • Match reduced to 42 overs per side due to rain.

3rd ODI[edit]

26–27 May 1996
236/4 (50 overs)
239/6 (48.5 overs)
Mohammad Azharuddin 73* (64)
Graham Thorpe 2/15 (4 overs)
Ali Brown 118 (137)
Venkatesh Prasad 2/26 (10 overs)
England won by 4 wickets
Old Trafford Cricket Ground, Manchester
Umpires: David Constant (Eng) and Allan Jones (Eng)
Player of the match: Ali Brown (Eng)
  • India won the toss and elected to bat.
  • Play was abandoned on the first day due to rain, with England 2/1 after 1 over.


  1. ^ a b "India tour of England, 1996". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 1 April 2016.
  2. ^ "Lele reveals why Sidhu walked out of 1996 England tour". The Times of India. 25 October 2011. Retrieved 13 November 2013.
  3. ^ Panicker, Prem (2 January 1998). "Sachin sacked, Azhar back!". Retrieved 13 November 2013.

External sources[edit]

Annual reviews[edit]

Further reading[edit]

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