50 years later, India's cricketers ruin golden memories with their insipid shows

 The Oval was where India's first ever Test and series win in England came in 1971. The Indian team, fifty years later, is playing a timid match against the English seamers at the same venue.

This month saw reams of information published about the surprise win with four wickets 50 years ago.

The Oval pitch in England is the most friendly for batting. It was therefore not surprising that Indian batting collapsed in this manner, with barely any foot movement.

India will return to the venue with no Test win if they are unable to resist the ongoing Test.

India's 1971 Test victory is the only one that has been recorded at the venue.

India had previously played 13 Tests, losing five of them and drawing seven. This match was the first win for India.

The 1971 Test saw one thing stand out: the way that the lower and middle middle-orders bailed India out after the openers were dismissed at a cheap price.

Sunil Gavaskar (opener) and Ashok Mankad (closer) failed to get on the board in either innings. However, middle-order batsmen Ajit, Dilip Sardesai and Gundappa Viwanath, Eknath Sokar, Farokh Engineer and Abid Ali scored runs at different stages of the match to keep India alive.

India scored 284 runs in the first innings, and then chased down 173, with six wickets remaining in the last innings.

India fell to 127/7 in the ongoing Test on Thursday. Virat Kohli scored 50. India was only 180 runs ahead of the late assault by Shardul Thakur.