A look at memorable matches that defined the era…

India vs England, Chepauk, Feb 6-10, 1952

India took 25 Tests to register their first victory. Vinoo Mankad was the star with the ball with 12 wickets in the match while Polly Umrigar and Pankaj Roy struck centuries.

Brief scores: England 266 (J Robertson 77, D Spooner 66; V Mankad 8/55) and 183 (J Robertson 56; V Mankad 4/53). India 457/9d (P Umrigar 130*, P Roy 111). India won by an innings and eight runs.

India vs Pakistan, Brabourne stadium, Mumbai, Nov 13-16, 1952

Victory at Brabourne in the third of five Tests against neighbours Pakistan – who were just given Test status – gave India their first-ever series win. The Pakistanis won the second Test in Lucknow while India won the first and third Tests. The last two Tests of the series ended in draws.

A shot of the scoreboard from India’s first-ever Test win, against England in 1952.

Brief scores: Pakistan 186 (W Hasan 81; L Amarnath 4/40) and 242 (H Mohammad 96, W Hasan 65; V Mankad 5/72). India 387/4d (V Hazare 146*, P Umrigar 102) and 45/0. India won by 10 wickets.

India vs New Zealand, Dunedin, February 15-20, 1968

The win at Dunedin was India’s first away from home. India went on to also register their maiden overseas series victory. Spinners Erapalli Prasanna and Bishan Singh Bedi were the leading performers with the ball, finishing up with 24 and 16 wickets, respectively.

Brief scores: NZ 350 (G Dowling 143; S Abid Ali 4/26) and 208 (B Murray 54; E Prasanna 6/94). India 359 (A Wadekar 80, F Engineer 63) and 200/5 (A Wadekar 71). India won by 5 wickets.