India vs England Test Series: History of the rivalry

India vs England

India vs England are currently facing off in the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai for the first test of the four-match test series of the Anthony de Mello Trophy 2020-21. The current India tour of England will be the 16th visit to India of the English cricket team, which has played 122 test matches with India till date. Let us have a look at some of the memorable series played between the two teams.   

India vs England, 2001

India won this three-match test series 1-0. Buoyed by a five-for of Harbhajan Singh, a six-wicket haul of Anil Kumble, a century of wicket-keeper Deep Dasgupta, and solid performances of Sachin and Dravid, India won the first Test at Mohali. The rest of the two matches were drawn, despite Andrew Flintoff and Craig White putting up good performances for England.

England vs India, 2002

The next year, India was able to draw the four test series 1-1 in its tour of England. The series had begun with a loss for the Indian team, but it drew the second test and won the third test. Ganguly, Dravid, and Sachin hit centuries in the third test and clinched a win. The fourth match was a draw, and thus the series was drawn between the two teams.

India vs England, 2005-06

England and India faced off again on Indian soil for a three match test series that was drawn 1-1. The first match of the series, which was played in Nagpur was drawn. India won the second match in Mohali, riding on the bowling performances of Anil Kumble and Munaf Patel. England came back strongly in the third match, Andrew Flintoff scored well with both the ball and the bat and Shaun Udal bowled well to clinch the match.

England vs India, 2007

India toured England for a three match test series in 2007. The first match was drawn between the two teams. The Indians came back strongly in the second match and secured a historic win, riding on the brilliant bowling of Zaheer Khan. The third match was drawn again, ensuring a historic series win for India on English soil.

India vs England, 2008

In this England tour of India, the two sides faced off for a two-match test series. India won the first match in Chennai with Sachin scoring an unbeaten 103. The second match was drawn. Zaheer Khan put up great performances in this series too.

England vs India, 2011

England thrashed India 4-0 in this four match test series in the India tour of England. India lost all the matches in the series and even suffered an innings defeat in one. This was the first time England won all the matches against India since 1974. Dravid and Stuart Broad’s forms shone throughout the series.

India vs England, 2012/13

England won a test series in India after 28 years. The four match test series began with India, led by MS Dhoni, winning the first game in Delhi against Alastair Cook’s team. The tables turned quickly in the next test, where Monty Panesar picked up a six for. The third test was won by England again riding on the performances of its batsmen while the fourth one was drawn.

England vs India, 2014

This India tour of England saw England winning yet another test series 3-1. The five match test series began with a draw following which India won the next match at Lord’s. England defeated India successively in three matches, once even handing them an innings defeat.

India vs England, 2016/17

India avenged its previous losses by winning this five match test series 4-0 against England. The first test was drawn, but the hosts defeated the visitors successively in the next four matches, with Karun Nair hitting a triple century in the last test. Both Kohl and Ashwin had a good series.

England vs India, 2018

This England tour of India saw the hosts winning the five-match series 4-1. Although the visitors did not have a good series, Kohli was in fine form and was the highest run-getter with 593 runs.


It is clear that India and England have been two of the most prominent cricketing rivals for a long time. This is why fans of cricket have so much hope from their matches. It is guaranteed that we will never get tired of this timeless cricketing rivalry. Like many other things in sports, this too is a classic.