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The Indian cricket team toured England in the 1979 season and played 16 first-class fixtures, winning only one, losing 3 and drawing 12.

India played four Test matches and lost the series to England 1-0 with three Tests drawn. England won the First Test at Edgbaston by an innings and 83 runs. The Second Test at Lord's, the Third Test at Headingley and the Fourth Test at The Oval were all drawn.

The Indian team was captained by Srinivasaraghavan Venkataraghavan and included notable players such as Sunil Gavaskar, Gundappa Viswanath, Dilip Vengsarkar, Bhagwat Chandrasekhar and Kapil Dev.

Test series summary

First Test

12–16 July 1979
Scorecard
Flag of England England
633/5 d. (165.2 overs)
v Flag of India India
297 (116.1 overs)
England won by an innings and 83 runs
Edgbaston, Birmingham
Umpires: DJ Constant, BJ Meyer
David Gower 200
Kapil Dev 5/146 (48 overs)
Gundappa Viswanath 78
Bob Willis 3/69 (24 overs)
253 (95.4 overs)
Sunil Gavaskar 68
Ian Botham 5/70 (29 overs)
  • England won the toss and decided to bat

Second Test

2–7 August 1979
Scorecard
Flag of India India
96 (55.5 overs)
v Flag of England England
419/9 d. (129.5 overs)
Match drawn
Lord's Cricket Ground
Umpires: HD Bird, KE Palmer
Sunil Gavaskar 42
Ian Botham 5/35 (19 overs)
David Gower 82
Kapil Dev 3/93 (38 overs)
318/4 (148 overs)
Gundappa Viswanath 113
Phil Edmonds 2/62 (45 overs)
  • India won the toss and decided to bat

Third Test

16–21 August 1979
Scorecard
Flag of England England
270 (80.5 overs)
v Flag of India India
223/6 (110 overs)
Match drawn
Headingley, Leeds
Umpires: HD Bird, BJ Meyer
Ian Botham 137
Kapil Dev 3/84 (27 overs)
Sunil Gavaskar 78
Bob Willis 2/42 (18 overs)
  • England won the toss and decided to bat

Fourth Test

30 August–4 September 1979
Scorecard
Flag of England England
305 (124.5 overs)
v Flag of India India
202 (79.3 overs)
Match drawn
Kennington Oval, Kennington
Umpires: DJ Constant, KE Palmer
Graham Gooch 79
Venkataraghavan 3/59 (29 overs)
Gundappa Viswanath 62
Ian Botham 4/65 (28 overs)
334/8 (116.5 overs) 429/8 (150.5 overs)
Geoff Boycott 125
Karsan Ghavri 3/76 (34 overs)
Sunil Gavaskar 221
Ian Botham 3/97 (29 overs)
  • England won the toss and decided to bat

External sources

CricketArchive – tour itineraries


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