Virat Kohli-led Team India might have lost the three match ODI series in England in 2018. But do you know India had won the ODI series against England when they last toured here in 2014? India have in total managed to win 3 out of 9 bilateral ODI series played against England in England thus far.
Let us look at the three bilateral ODI series wins for India against England in England.
India vs England in England – 1986, Captain: Kapil Dev
Matches Played – 2, England won – 1, India won – 1
This is not one of those series you get to see every day. India won the first match by 9 wickets and England won the second match by 5 wickets. The two match series is tied with one victory each but visitors India have been termed winners of the series for maintaining a better scoring rate than England in this short series.
In this series, India had scored at a rate of 4.07 while England managed only 3.5 runs per over. Kapil Dev was the captain of the Indian side in this series.
India vs England in England – 1990, Captain: Mohammad Azharuddin
Matches Played – 2, England won – 0, India won – 2
Mohammad Azharuddin was the captain of the Indian side in this two match series. He led the team from the front scoring half centuries in both the games also remaining unbeaten in both the games – 55* in the first ODI, 63* in the second ODI.
A comprehensive victory for India as they managed to win both the games in this series. Indian captain Mohammad Azharuddin in the second ODI also scored his fifty off just 35 deliveries, fastest ODI fifty for any player then in 55-over ODI matches.
India vs England in England – 2014, Captain – Mahendra Singh Dhoni
Matches Played – 5, England won – 1, India won – 3, NR – 1
Ajinkya Rahane scored his maiden ODI hundred (106 off 100 balls with 10 fours and 4 sixes) in this tour – in the fourth ODI of the series, while opening the batting along with Shikhar Dhawan who remained unbeaten on 97* at the end of the game. Mahendra Singh Dhoni was the captain of the Indian side in this series.
A rain washout in Bristol to start the series and then India won three games on the trot to win the series. England, courtesy a century from Joe Root, managed to win the fifth and final ODI at Headingly in Leeds. Also, the Headingly win was England’s first win after losing five consecutive ODIs.
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