After winning their last two series against England, India crashed to a painful 3-0
defeat, finding that English conditions pitilessly exposed the shortcomings
of a team that relied too heavily on its four world-class spin bowlers. While
the chilly, wet weather acted against their spin bowling strength, they did
not have fast-medium bowlers of the calibre that England had to take advantage of
the seaming pitches. Halfway through the tour the Indians seemed resigned to
defeat and gave an inept display in the Tests.
When the weather improved it was England
who benefitted at Lord's with their highest innings score since the Second
World War while India,
following-on in reply, were dismissed for 42, their lowest total in any Test
Off the field there was a lack of unity.The squad became involved in a public row when
they were told they would not be admitted for arriving late at a High
Commission reception. Later a member of the team was arrested for
Wadekar was retained as captain after an indifferent
season in India.
He had to accept responsibility for the defeat but the whole team became
apprehensive about the reception they would face on returning home and
returned in separate groups by different routes.
An investigative committee, set up on 20 August,
decided in December not to distribute any bonus payments to members of the
team.By then Wadekar had resolved to
retire from the first-class game and Pataudi regained the Test captaincy.
Wadekar was confirmed as captain on 25 March and joined the panel of C.D.Gopinath (chairman), Hemu Adhikari, Raj Singh and Dattu Phadkar,which met at Jaipur.
The appointment of tour manager Colonel
Adhikari was announced on 29 December
Unavailable: Dilip Sardesai had retired. Wadekar asked
Nawab of Pataudi to tour because he had experience of playing county cricket
but he declined.
Tour Party Announced : 27 March 1974.
It was confirmed on 10
April that Engineer would be a full member of the tour party. The English counties cooperated by releasing the
three professionals, Bedi, Engineer and Venkat, for the whole tour.
Selected : P M Salgaonkar (Maharashtra)
Time between selection and departure from India
(27 March - 15 April)
The team flew out of Bombay on 15
April 1974, arriving at London’s Heathrow Airport the next day,16 April 1974.
Engineer did not travel with the team but joined them from his
home in Lancashire once his torn ankle
ligament injury had healed.
None, although Chandrasekhar was unable to play for
the last month of the tour. He injured a thumb in the Second Test which put an
end to his tour appearances.Salgaonkar, a fast bowler from Bombay,
was available. He was on a three -month coaching course at Alf Gover's
cricket school and had previously made a successful tour of Sri Lanka.
•At Old Trafford Sunil Gavaskar scored 101 and
•India were dismissed for 42 in
the Lord’s Test, their lowest total in Test cricket.
Other first-class matches
ϯ Minor matches
§ One-day internationals
The team departed from Heathrow
Airport, London, on Wednesday 17 July.
Bedi, Engineer and Venkataraghaven returned to their English county
sides. Abid Ali remained in England
with his brothers.Patel went to the United States, and Wadekar and his wife to Europe for a month's holiday. The manager went to Lusaka in Africa for a
Time away from India
(15 April to 17 July)
Globtik Tankers awarded England £1800 for winning the
Test series while the Indians got £600.
of the tour
The fickle Indian fans,wildly enthusiastic in 1971, now
demonstrated their disapproval of the team on arriving back in Bombay,The media reported that they hounded and
abused the players, stoned Wadekar’s house (which Wadekar said was untrue
because he lived in a 4th floor flat), and painted black the huge
cricket bat at Indore symbolising India’s 1971 triumph. Wadekar soon gave up
cricket, although he potentially had years of cricket left in him.