India achieved its first ever Test victory in 1951-52 when it beat England in Madras. Having made its Test debut in 1932, India had to wait for 20 long years in the sidelines before making its mark in the big stage. In that eventful year, India also recorded its maiden series triumph against Pakistan.
In this historic match legendary batsman Vijay Hazare led the Indian
contingent while his English counterpart was Donald Carr. With England
sitting pretty on a 1-0 lead, the Indian team was looking to restore
parity in this final Test of the five match series.
The England team won the toss and elected to bat. Thanks to an inspired
bowling performance by Vinoo Mankad, the English team was bowled out for
266 with Mankad grabbing eight wickets. India replied with a mammoth
total of 457, riding piggyback on fine centuries by Pankaj Roy and Polly
On a pitch that was breaking up and spinning, India bowled out England
for a paltry 183 in the second innings, to win the Test by an innings
and eight runs. Mankad and Ghulam Ahmed shared the spoils with four
Even though England was missing the services of some key players,
nothing can take the sheen off India's emphatic first ever Test victory.