Sunil Gavaskar 1979-80 vs England (Oval)
A target of 438 runs was set against the Indian team. It was the last day of the match. No one gave much chance to the Indian team. But Sunil Gavaskar played one of the most memorable innings of his Test career. He scored 221 runs. Chetan Chauhan added 213 runs for the first wicket. And then a 153-run partnership with Dilip Vengsarkar for the second wicket. India were headed to victory against the team of Bob Willis, Ian Botham and left-arm spinner Phil Edmonds. India needed 49 runs when Gavaskar was out. The team, however, could not reach the target and the match was a draw.
Score- England declared 305 and 334/8 innings
India – 202 and 429/8 (Gavaskar 221)
Sachin Jalwa – 1990 vs England (Old Trafford)
England was involved in the series. India’s score was 183 for six wickets. India had a target of 408 runs. India was in danger of defeat on the last day. But then 17-year-old Sachin Tendulkar took the front here. Tendulkar adopted a counter attack strategy and hit a brilliant unbeaten century. It was his first century in Test cricket. During this, he shared 160 runs for the seventh wicket with Manoj Prabhakar. India finally saved the match.
Scores – England 519 and 320/4
India – 432 and 343/6 (Tendulkar 119 * and Prabhakar 67 *)
Team Shows Dum – 2001 vs South Africa (Port Elizabeth)
The ball tampering controversy arose in this match. Match referee Mike Dennis fined Sachin Tendulkar and some other cricketers, accusing him of ball tampering. The atmosphere was quite heated. India had threatened to withdraw from the series. South Africa had given India a target of 395 runs on a difficult wicket. India had to bat around 100 overs. It was not felt that Team India could postpone the defeat. But Rahul Dravid (87 runs off 241 balls) and Deep Dasgupta (63 runs off 281 balls) put South Africa away from victory.
Dhoni’s second color – 2007 vs England (Lord’s)
England gave 380 target in front of India. India had to bat four sessions. But Mahendra Singh Dhoni showed another form of his batting. He showed great patience and restraint by giving up aggressive batting. Dhoni faced 150 balls for his 76 runs. Wickets were falling at the other end but Dhoni remained stubborn. James Anderson, Ryan Sidebottom and company could not overcome Dhoni. India could still lose the match as their nine wickets fell and Sreesanth was with Dhoni. However, the last session was washed away by rain and the team got the match drawn.
Scores – England 298 and 282, India 201 and 282/9. Mahendra Singh Dhoni – 76 *
That memorable innings of Gautam Gambhir – 2009 vs New Zealand (Napier)
India received a follow-on. New Zealand’s path to escape in difficult conditions seemed difficult. The Indian team had to bat for five sessions. But Gautam Gambhir took up the task of saving Lari Baji. Gambhir smashed 137 runs off 436 balls. He batted for 643 minutes. Apart from this, Rahul Dravid’s 62 off 220 balls batted for 242 minutes. Sachin Tendulkar’s 64 off 131 balls and VVS Laxman’s 124-ball innings of 212 balls kept New Zealand away from victory. The Indian team maintained a 1-0 lead in the series and eventually won.
Score- New Zealand 619/9, India 305 and 476/4
(Gambhir 137, Laxman 124 *)