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— 7 December 2017

England and India have met in a total of 104 one-day internationals and Paul Dyson, with photo of Paul Jarvis supplied by Mick Pope, looks at three matches when Yorkshire players produced stand-out performances.

There have been only six occasions when England bowlers have taken five wickets in an ODI innings against India and two of these instances were by Yorkshire players. In 1992/93 Paul Jarvis was on a tour of India and Sri Lanka as one of five pace bowlers. England lost the Test series against India emphatically 3-0 and were also to lose the single Test against Sri Lanka. Jarvis topped the bowling averages for the first-class leg of the tour with 12 wickets at 27.91 and was also to have a day of glory in one of the ODIs which were interspersed amongst the other games – very much different from current practice.

England came into the fourth ODI at Bangalore having won one and lost one of the first three, the first match being abandoned. (It was a seven-match series – yes, seven!) England batted first and made 218 for nine in 47 overs (reduced from 50 because of the weather), the main contributors being Graeme Hick (56) and skipper Graham Gooch (45). They shared a stand of 55 for the fifth wicket – the highest of the innings. Javagal Srinath took five for 41, in the process becoming the first bowler to take five wickets in an innings in any ODI between these two countries; he was shortly to be joined by one of his opponents.

India reached 61 for one before Jarvis was introduced into the attack. He took the wicket of Vinod Kambli with his very first ball and then skipper Mohammad Azharuddin with his eighth. India were now 67 for four, one of the four being Sachin Tendulkar who had been Jarvis’s team-mate in the prvious summer as Yorkshire’s first-ever official overseas player. Jarvis picked up three more wickets later and ended with five for 35 in 8.4 overs and deservedly won the Man-of-the-Match award. For the record the series ended 3-3.

Eighteen years and one day later, and on the same ground, came another five-wicket haul for a Yorkshire bowler in an ODI against India. This game was in the World Cup and produced no fewer than 676 runs – but no winner, India scoring 338 all out and England responding with 338 for eight – a tie. For the competition’s joint-hosts (with Sri Lanka) Tendulkar made 120 as his side reached 305 for three but Tim Bresnan, having taken the first wicket to fall, then removed skipper/wicket-keeper MS Dhoni as well as Virat Kohli and eventually finished with five for 48 from his ten overs – still England’s second-best bowling in World Cup history. Rather a contrast with James Anderson’s one for 91.

  • If Bresnan had produced England’s World Cup second-best then skipper Andrew Strauss was going to go to the top of England’s list. He compiled 158 and, as in India’s innings, a promising position (281 for two) failed to deliver. It came down to 29 being needed from the final two overs. Bresnan hit 14 from nine deliveries, Yorkshire’s Ajmal Shahzad hit a six from his first ball but Graeme Swann could manage only a single from the final ball and the match was tied. The rest of the tournament produced very contrasting fortunes for the two teams. England went on to beat much-fancied South Africa but famously lost to Ireland as well as Bangladesh and failed to make the quarter-finals. India, meanwhile, came second in their group then beat Australia, Pakistan and, in the final, Sri Lanka in front of their passionate fans in Mumbai.

    Just three years ago India came to England for five Tests and five ODIs. By the time the teams had reached Headingley the Tests had been won 3-1 by England but India were leading the latter series 3-0. The Leeds ground was hosting the final game (the first having been abandoned) and more than 16,000 turned up in the September sunshine. One of their locals did not disappoint them, Joe Root compiling a ‘wonderful’ (Wisden) century. His side had used up 29 overs in getting to 117 for four but he and James Buttler (run out for 49) shared 108 from 81 balls. Root was following his ‘early fluency…by characteristic hustle and, eventually, power’ (Ibid.) in striking three sixes – the second one bringing up his century – and ten fours. His 113 from 108 balls took his side to 294 for seven.

    Anderson bowled somewhat better than he had in Bangalore and took each of India’s first two wickets eventually finishing with two for 39. The visitors lost wickets regularly, Ben Stokes taking three, and at 209 for nine the game was lost. There was a final flourish from Ravi Jadeja, who struck 87, but India lost by 41 runs and Root was, unsurprisingly, made Man of the Match.

    Will any of Yorkshire’s pl;ayers in 2018’s ODI against India make such an impact as Jarvis and Bvresnan once did, or can Root repeat his century-making feat. Whatever happens India always make for worthy opponents in the 50-over format and a good game should be in prospect.