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The Indian cricket team toured England in the 1952 season. The team played four Test matches, losing three of them and drawing the other one. In all first-class matches, they played 29, winning four and losing five, with the rest drawn.

The Indian team

There were 17 players in the original touring team, and Vinoo Mankad was co-opted from the Lancashire League team Haslingden for three of the four Test matches. The side was captained by Vijay Hazare.

The Test matches

First Test, Leeds, 5–9 June 1952

India (293 and 165) lost to England (334 and 128 for three) by seven wicketsscorecard


5-9 June 1952
Scorecard
Flag of India India
293 (126.3 overs)
v Flag of England England
334 (165.2 overs)
England won by 7 wickets
Headingley, Leeds
Umpires: HG Baldwin, H Elliott
Vijay Manjrekar 133
Jim Laker 4/39 (22.3 overs)
Tom Graveney 71
Ghulam Ahmed 5/100 (63 overs)
165 (67 overs) 128/3 (55 overs)
Dattu Phadkar 64
Fred Trueman 4/27 (9 overs)
Reg Simpson 51
Ghulam Ahmed 2/37 (22 overs)
  • India won the toss and decided to bat
  • 5-day match

Second Test, Lord's, 19–24 June 1952

19-24 June 1952
scorecard
Flag of India India
235 (94.3 overs)
v Flag of England England
537 (206.4 overs)
England won by 8 wickets
Lord's Cricket Ground
Umpires: F Chester, FS Lee
Vinoo Mankad 72
Fred Trueman 4/72 (25 overs)
Len Hutton 150
Vinoo Mankad 5/196 (73 overs)
378 (122 overs) 79/2 (49.2 overs)
Vinoo Mankad 184
Jim Laker 4/102 (39 overs)
Len Hutton 39
Ghulam Ahmed1/31(23.2 overs)
  • India won the toss and decided to bat
  • 5-day match

Third Test, Manchester, 17–19 July 1952

17 July 1952
scorecard
Flag of England England
347/9 (d) (144 overs)
v Flag of India India
58 (21.4 overs)
England won by an innings and 207 runs
Old Trafford, Manchester
Umpires: D Davies, FS Lee
Len Hutton 104
Ghulam Ahmed 3/43 (9 overs)
Vijay Manjrekar 22
Fred Trueman 8/31 (8.4 overs)
82 (36.3 overs)
Hemu Adhikari 27
Alec Bedser 5/27 (15 overs)
  • England won the toss and decided to bat

Fourth Test, The Oval, 14–19 August 1952

14-19 August 1952
scorecard
Flag of England England
326/6 (d) (154 overs)
v Flag of India India
98 (38.5 overs)
Match drawn
Kennington Oval, Kennington
Umpires: F Chester, H Elliott
David Sheppard 119
Vinoo Mankad 2/88 (48 overs)
Vijay Hazare 38
Alec Bedser 5/41 (14.5 overs)
  • England won the toss and decided to bat

External sources

Annual reviews

  • Playfair Cricket Annual 1953
  • Wisden Cricketers Almanack 1953

Further reading

  • Ramachandra Guha, A Corner of a Foreign Field - An Indian History of a British Sport, Picador, 2001


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