Cricket diary: When Kapil smashed Dilip Vengsakar's century with a six proved dwarf

Cricket diary: When Kapil smashed Dilip Vengsakar's century with a six proved dwarf

New Delhi: The historic Test victory of the Indian cricket team at Lord's ground has completed 34 years. On 10 June 1986, the Indian team achieved this victory at Lord's. In this match, the then captain of India Kapil Dev was highly praised for his quick batting. In this match, Dilip Vengsarkar had completed an unbeaten 126 in the first innings, scoring a hat-trick of centuries in the lads. He became the first batsman in the world to score three consecutive centuries on this historic ground. Prior to this, he played 103 innings in 1979 and 157 runs in 1982 at this ground. But on this achievement, the unbeaten 23-run innings played by Kapil Dev's ten balls was dominated. During the match, Kapil won with a winning six and his hit became so popular that Dilip Vengsakar's century innings was shortened.

India's score was 78 for four at one time, which was reduced to 110 for five after Mohammad Azharuddin was run out. Kapil stepped to the crease at such a time and scored a winning six over left-arm spinner Phil Simmonds in addition to four fours. Eventually, Kapil was also voted Man of the Match. He also took four wickets in England's second innings. 

In the match, Kapil won the toss and invited England to bat first, scoring 294 in the first innings despite innings of Graham Gooch (114) and Derek Pringle (63). Chetan Sharma took five wickets and Roger Binny took three wickets from India.

The Indian team took a lead of 47 runs with the help of Vengsarkar's century and Mohinder Amarnath (69) half-century with 341 runs. England were bowled out for 180 runs in the second innings and thus India got a target of 134 runs on the fifth and final day. India had won by scoring 136 runs for five wickets.

The Kapil Dev-led team then won the second Test in Leeds with a huge margin of 279 runs to win the series for the first time in England. The third and final Test match played in Birmingham was drawn. As far as the Indian record in the lads is concerned, he has played 18 Test matches so far on this ground out of which he has won only two matches while he has lost in 14 matches. India registered their second win at Ladras in July 2014 when they beat England by 95 runs under the leadership of Mahendra Singh Dhoni.