List of Test Matches India Played On Independence Day (15th August)
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The Indian Independence Day is celebrated on August 15th each year to commemorate India's freedom from British colonial rule in 1947. The day marks the historic moment when India's first Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, raised the Indian national flag at the Red Fort in Delhi. It's a national holiday filled with patriotic fervour, flag-hoisting ceremonies, parades and cultural events.
However, on this historic day, the Indian cricket Team has played only three Test matches, one of which was played before independence.
August 15-18, 1936 vs England
This match was the third Test of the series, held at the Oval in England. It was played four years after India made their Test debut in 1932.
Wally Hammond scored a double century to take England to a first innings total of 471-8. Lauri Fishlock played a perfect second fiddle to Hammond, scoring a century. In reply, India were bowled out for 222 despite a good start.
England enforced follow-on, after which CK Nayudu's 81 helped India reach 313 but India had a lead of only 64 as the last wicket fell.
August 14 to 19, 1952 vs England
India toured England in 1952. The third Test match between England and India took place at The Oval in London from August 14 to 19, 1952.
India, who had lost the first two Tests as well, put up an even worse performance in the final day. Batting first, England piled up a total of 326 as David Sheppard scored a century and Len Hutton chipped in with 86 runs.
In response, India were at 49 for 6 when rain interrupted play before resuming on the final day when India were bowled out for 98 but the result was a draw. This was India's first Test match after independence.
August 14 to 17, 2001 vs Sri Lanka
This was the first match of India's tour of Sri Lanka in 2001. India scored only 187 in the first innings as Dilhara Fernando picked up five wickets. In reply, Sri Lanka scored 362 as Sanath Jayasuriya and Kumar Sangakkara, both scored a century. India scored 180 in the second innings and set a target of only six runs for the hosts.