The Rise of Indian Cricket can be related to the Lords Test of 1932

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The Lords test in 1932 is the harbinger of the present ascendancy of India in world cricket

The Rise of Indian cricket

In 1932 the Indian team captained by the Mahrajkumar of Vizianagram reached England to play the first test against the MCC at Lords. Vizianagram, popularly called Vizzy for all his services to Indian cricket was a poor captain and perhaps would not have held his place in the team on the strength of his playing abilities alone. But as Indian cricket was dominated by the Maharajas and their ilk, Vizzy was made captain.
The test at Lords was a fiery baptism for the Indian team which faced a full strength English team with Douglas Jardine as Captain. It also included the big names of English cricket like Wally Hammond, Sutcliff and Woolley. England won the toss and batted first. The test was only of 3 days duration and England wanted to pile up a good score, but they were in for a jolt as a fiery opening spell by Mohammed Nissar and Amar Singh put England on the mat at 18/3. It was only due to Jardine who made 79 that England totaled a moderate score of 275.
The Indian batting however was not up to the task a they folded up well behind the MCC score. In the second innings again Jardine played a sterling innings of 85 not out and England declared with 8 wickets down. India could not make an impression and folded up easily as the MCC won, though Lal Singh hit 51.
The inaugural test brought home to the fact that India had a long way to go and yet the pace attack proved equal to the best in the world. Now after the passage of 80 years the wheel has turned full circle as India is the powerhouse of cricket and 60 % of all finance /revenue emanates from India. The Indian team is also a formidable opponent and is the world champion in limited over cricket. In addition the test team is one of the best in the world.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
2nd Oct 2013 (#)

Thanks Madan. India also boasts good fast bowlers now unlike few decades ago. Frankly, I have lost interest in cricket as the game is tainted with illegal betting scandals involving players. Ditto in athletics as any great show looks suspicious as they follow up years later with illegal drug enhancement. How did Lance Armstrong get away for years? The tests should have taken few hours and he should have been stopped on his tracks as it were! The halcyon days of cricket were when it was untainted and the players played for the love of the game and for the country earning few thousand rupees for a test match! And spectators slept outside cricket stadiums amid bonhomie and what not! siva

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author avatar M G Singh
2nd Oct 2013 (#)

Yes Siva, you are right the game has changed, but that is in all games the world over.

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
2nd Oct 2013 (#)

Madan and Siva, I live in Portland, Oregon and theres a field where many of your comapriots play on teh weekends with several teams, looks fun and interesting the match. I see how UK vs Australia as well India VS Pakistan are among the top matches in this sport!

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author avatar M G Singh
3rd Oct 2013 (#)

Thank you Fern. Its a pleasue to read your comments. By the way half of my family is in UK and umpteen cousins in USA

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author avatar micheal
2nd Oct 2013 (#)

very interesting

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author avatar M G Singh
3rd Oct 2013 (#)

thanks Micheal

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author avatar Ptrikha
7th Oct 2013 (#)

You write on such a diverse range of topics- from Politics to war, and now cricket too.

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