The Indian cricket team toured England in the 1936 season and played 28 first-class fixtures, winning only four whilst losing 12 and drawing 12.

India played three Test matches and lost the series to England 2-0 with one match drawn. England won the First Test by 9 wickets at Lord's; the Second Test at Old Trafford was drawn; England won the Third Test at The Oval by 9 wickets.

The team was captained by the Maharajkumar of Vizianagram, aka Vizzy, who was neither the greatest player nor the greatest captain of all time. But the team did include several top-class players such as Vijay Merchant, Mushtaq Ali and CK Nayudu.

Test Serise

First Test

27th - 30th June 1936
Template:Country data British India
147 (55.1 overs)
v Flag of England England
134 (61.1 overs)
England won by 9 wickets
Lord's Cricket Ground
Umpires: A Dolphin, FI Walden
Vijay Merchant 35
Gubby Allen 5/35 (17 overs)
M Leyland 60
Amar Singh 6/35 (25.1 overs)
93 (46 overs) 108/1 (39.3 overs)
DD Hindlekar 17
Gubby Allen 5/43 (18 overs)
H Gimblett 67
Mohammad Nissar 1/26 (6 overs)
  • England won the toss and decided to field
  • 3-day match

Second Test

25th - 28th July 1936
Template:Country data British India
203 (68.1 overs)
v Flag of England England
571/8 (142 overs)
Match drawn
Old Trafford, Manchester
Umpires: F Chester, FI Walden
S Wazir Ali 42
Verity 4/41 (17 overs)
Wally Hammond 167
CK Nayudu 2/84 (22 overs)
390/5 (115 overs)
Vijay Merchant 114
Walter Robins 3/103 (29 overs)
  • India won the toss and decided to bat
  • 3-day match

Third Test

15th - 18th August 1936
Flag of England England
471/8 (129 overs)
v Template:Country data British India
222(85.5 overs)
England won by 9 wickets
Kennington Oval, Kennington
Umpires: F Chester, FI Walden
Wally Hammond 217
Mohammad Nissar 5/120(26 overs)
Vijay Merchant 52
Jim Sims 5/73 (18.5 overs)
312 (93 overs) 64/1 (13 overs)
CK Nayudu 81
Gubby Allen 7/80 (20 overs)
Charlie Barnett 32
Mohammad Nissar 1/36(7 overs)
  • England won the toss and decided to bat
  • 3-day match


Another top-class player was Lala Amarnath but the tour was marred by controversy as recorded in A Right Royal Indian Mess on CricInfo, with Amarnath being sent home early for spurious "disciplinary" reasons. Ultimately, after a long saga of closed ranks and establishment incompetence, he was completely exonerated.

External sources

Annual reviews

  • Wisden Cricketers Almanack 1937

Further reading

  • Bill Frindall, The Wisden Book of Test Cricket 1877-1978, Wisden, 1979
  • Ramachandra Guha, A Corner of a Foreign Field - An Indian History of a British Sport, Picador, 2001

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