Cricket is a gentleman’s game and has seen its fair share of fierce rivalries over the years. However, none have been as long and intense as the one between India and England. 

The relationship between the two countries dates back centuries, with many ups and downs along the way. Nevertheless, one thing unites both Indians and the English — their love of cricket. 

The two nations have a long history on the cricket field, with the first–ever Test match played in 1932. Since then, the two teams have played against one another in numerous Test series, One Day Internationals (ODIs), and T20s. And we have to say that this fixture has produced some of the most dramatic cricket matches ever.

While England may have had the upper hand in the early years, India has been very impressive in recent times. With that said, both sides have given both fans memorable matches over the past few decades. 

One of the most notable matches in the history of India-England cricket came in 1971 when the two nations met in a Test series in England. Led by the legendary Sunil Gavaskar, India put in a series of top-class performances, with Gavaskar scoring a record 774 runs. In the final Test at The Oval, the match ended in a thrilling draw, with England avoiding defeat thanks to some excellent batting from John Edrich and Geoffrey Boycott.

The heated cricketing competition between India and England has not just been on the field, but with fans of both sides often engaged in debates about the outcome of the matches. The rise of online sports betting in India has recently added another dimension to the matches. Fans can now place bets on which team will win, as well as individual wagers such as the most runs scored. On top of that, in-play live betting adds an extra level to the excitement of the rivalry.

Perhaps the most iconic moment for India came in the 2002 NatWest Series when India and England squared off in an ODI match at Lord’s Cricket Ground, London. Chasing a total of 325, India looked down and out at 146/5. However, a stunning century from Yuvraj Singh and a blistering 30-ball 69 from Mohammad Kaif saw India pull off one of the best-ever turnarounds in cricket history.

By far, the most controversial moment between India and England occurred in 1976. The England captain Tony Greig infamously declared that his team would “make them grovel” ahead of a Test series against India. The comment sparked outrage in India and only served to fuel the fire.

Let’s take a deeper look at some of the most memorable games between the two countries. 

2011 ICC Cricket World Cup: In a highly anticipated match at the 2011 World Cup, India and England faced off in the round-robin stage. India emerged victorious in a closely contested match, with Yuvraj Singh scoring a brilliant century to clinch the match in a 5-run win.

2014 Test Series: India and England played in a 5-match series ending in an exciting 3-1 win for England, with the team putting in some dominant performances. A series highlight came in the fourth Test, where England’s Moeen Ali scored a century to guide his team to a crushing victory.

2017 Test Series: In a closely contested Test series in 2017, India and England played 5-matches. The series ended in a 4–0 win for India, with the team showcasing their batting and bowling skills. One of the standout moments of the series came in the fourth Test when India’s Ravi Ashwin took a staggering seven wickets.

As you can see, the India-England cricket rivalry has produced some truly legendary matches over the years, with both countries consistently putting in impressive performances. The teams are two of the top-ranked sides in the world, and the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup in 2023 might see them play one another again. This time, let’s see if India gets revenge against the English and wins the biggest prize in cricket in their own backyard.