10th February 1952: Vinoo Mankad Guides India …

New Delhi: This is a red-letter day in India’s cricket history. The Indians, who first got a taste of international cricket in 1932-33, won their first Test match only in 1952, in Madras. It was the fifth game of the series between India and England, and the former beat the visitors by an innings and eight runs.

This was a memorable match as all-rounder Vinoo Mankad as he bagged 12 wickets here.

In the first innings of the match, England was dismissed for just 266 runs. Then in the second innings, foundation of India’s win was laid. The hosts posted a daunting 457/9 on the board with Pankaj Roy (111) and Polly Umrigar (130) scoring centuries, and steered India’s ship through.

After getting a close to 200-run lead, the Indian bowlers—Ghulam Ahmed and Mankad—scalped eight wickets together and wreck havoc on English batsmen. This was India’s first win in 25 matches they had played.