Today marks the 75th anniversary of India’s inaugural Test match against England at Lord’s in 1932. We’ve put up (or, rather, my boss probably did) an excellent review of the match from The Cricketer International which is well worth a read, if only for the following (at times hilarious) points:
1. The Indians fully deserved the honour of a Test match. Their bowling was definitely good and their fielding admirable, quick and very clean, but not so fine nor so good as England. Their wicketkeeper good, but not so good as he looks.
2. Their batting depends on too few men, but Amar Singh, a very fine all’ round cricketer, is a rare man on his form in this match at No. 10.
3. The experience of this tour will improve their cricket enormously and the English public will welcome them again, for they play the game in the most attractive manner.
4. They were very unlucky in the matter of accidents, Nazir Ali and Palia pulling muscles and, Nayudu, a fine allrounder, hurting his hand.
5. England showed exceptional grit. In the second innings their first four bats, men all failed, comparatively speaking, but Jardine pulled the side round. He is a great batsman and captained the side extremely well, and he made a superb catch in h second innings at short third man.
6. The partner for Sutcliffe is yet to be found, but we should make a lot of runs in Australia.
7. Fielding was splendid. Hammond, Robins, Paynter and Voce are quite exceptionally good. Not a single catch was missed and only one lost chance of stumping.
8. The bowling was remarkably good but it is certainly at present not good enough for Australia and this is a perplexing problem for M.C.C., Larwood’s strained leg making matters all the more difficult, but Voce, Robins and Brown arc most capable allrounders.
9. Paynter’s second innings may mean much to him. He has only to concentrate on watching the stump outside his off stump to be very good. He is a fine fielder.
10. Bowes must “go for” a length and forget, except occasionally, the short humping delivery.
Two points to be made. 1) Will we, in 75 years, be looking back at some of our (and I include myself in this group) questionable reports of Bangladeshi cricket since their inception? And 2), what is a “short humping delivery”? Nothing to do with midwifery I presume