A History of India in Cricket ODIs at Trent Bridge

Words: Gav Squires
Wednesday 11 July 2018
reading time: min, words

During the series against Australia, England cemented their place as the number 1 One Day International team in the world. With India arriving at Trent Bridge, we take a look back at the visitors' past record in Nottingham



India's first limited overs international at Trent Bridge was a 60-over match in the 1983 cricket world cup against Australia. Kepler Wessles, father of current Notts's player Riki opened the batting for the Australians but he was the first of five victims for Indian quick bowler Kapil Dev. Fellow opener Trevor Chappell hit 110, including putting on 144 with skipper Kim Hughes for the second wicket. Graham Yallop added 66 as they posted 320-9 from 60 overs, which was a big score at the time. India didn't even get close as Ken MacLeay took 6-39 and India lost by 162 runs. Kapil Dev top scored with 40 but Australia completely outclassed them. India would have the last laugh though, as they lifted the trophy less than two weeks later.


Kapil Dev was still playing 7 years later, bowling 11 parsimonious overs as India played England for the first time at Trent Bridge. He took 2-40 but England's innings, batting first, was all about The Judge - Robin Smith. Smith hit a scintilating century and with support from Michael Atherton (59) and Jack Russell (50) England finished their 55 overs on 281 runs. It wasn't to be enough though as India managed to seal victory by 5 wickets with 12 balls to spare. Everyone contributed with Ravi Shastri hitting 33, Sanjay Manjrekar 59, Dilip Vengsarkar 54 and skipper Mohannad Azharuddin 63 not out. Sachin Tendulkar, on his first tour of England at just 17 years old, hit 31. I'll try not to think about what I was up to at 17, but it definitely wasn't playing international cricket.


The next time that India were back in Nottingham it was another world cup game, this time against New Zealand. Tendulkar and Azharuddin were still around from nine years previously, the former scoring just 16 opening the batting, the latter hitting 30 and still captaining the side. Ajay Jadeja top scored for the Indians with 76, New Zealand also bowling 10 no balls in the time before free hits and a score of 251-6 looked pretty good. Chris Cairns, who had been Nottinghamshire's overseas player took two wickets. The New Zealanders were captained by Stephen Fleming, who would go on to play for Notts later in his career. Opener Matt Horne set the tone for the reply, hitting 10 fours on his way to 74, and Roger Twose scored an unbeaten 60 as the black caps won by five wickets with 10 balls left.


England were building towards the 2005 Ashes when India come to Nottingham in 2004, their side featuring 8 players that would finally recapture the urn a year later. However, it was former Notts man Alex Wharf who looked the part taking 3-30 on debut. Steve Harmison also took three wickets as the visitors were shot out for 170 runs in the 44th over. Mohammad Kalif offered some resistance in the middle-order scoring 50 but not even the 2004 vintage of England ODI team could mess up from there. Vikram Solanki top scored with 52 and the two Andrews Strauss (41 not out) and Flintoff (34 not out) saw the hosts home by a comfortable 7 wickets.


When India returned to Trent Bridge 10 years later, England were in the middle of their muddled phase. Alastair Cook was captaining the side and opening the batting and while he and Alex Hales put on 82 runs for the first wicket, it took them a glacial 18 overs to do it. Cook top scored with 44, Hales and Jos Buttler hit 42 as England reached 227 in their 50 overs. To give some perspective, the only six of the entire innings was James Tredwell. India never really looked in trouble in their chase, Ajinkya Rahane scoring 45, Virat Kohli 40 and Suresh Raina a run-a-ball 42. Ambati Rayudu was India's highest scorer with 64 not out as the visitors recorded a straightforward 6 wicket victory.

So, India's record reads P5, W2, L3 but against England it's a more impressive two wins and just the single defeat. However, these are two different teams now - both Kohli and Buttler have improved immeasurably in those four years. One thing that is certain is that there will be runs - in the last two completed ODIs at Trent bridge, England have scored 444 and 481, both records in the men's game so if you're going, make sure you keep an eye on the ball because even if it's sunny, it's probably going to be raining sixes.


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