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WATCH: Memorable moments of Indias 500-Test journey
Kapil Dev, Sachin Tendulkar and Sunil Gavaskar, three giants of Indian cricket

As India celebrates its 500th Test match, we take a look at some of their unforgettable moments in their Test journey

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Published: Wed 21 Sep 2016, 9:26 PM

Last updated: Thu 22 Sep 2016, 12:03 AM

India's first Test match
India, who were a British colony then, made their Test debut at the home of cricket - Lord's in 1932 (June 25). Thus the legendary CK Nayudu became the first Indian captain. India lost by 158 runs in three days. England were led by Douglas Jardine who would later use the infamous 'Bodyline' tactics against Australia in the Ashes.
First Test century by an Indian
The legendary Lala Amarnath became the first Indian to score a Test century when he made 118 against the visiting English team at the Bombay Gymkhana Ground in 1933. England still went on to win that match by nine wickets. Amarnath, whose sons Mohinder and Surinder went on to play for India, was hailed as a 'splendid ambassador' of the game by Don Bradman!
India's first Test win 
Twenty years after their Test debut, India achieved their first Test win when they beat England by an innings and 8 runs in Chennai in 1952. Vinoo Mankad, one of India's greatest all-rounders, took 12 wickets with his left-arm spin. Pankaj Roy (111) and Polly Umrigar (130), two Indian batting stalwarts, were also the heroes of India's first win.
India's first Test series win
It was the first Test series between India and Pakistan after the 1947 partition. India, the home team, were led by Lala Amarnath and Pakistan were captained by Abdul Hafeez Kardar, one of the three men to have played for both India and Pakistan (the other two players were Amir Elahi and Gul Mohammad. India won the five-Test series 2-1. 
India's first away series win
The legendary Indian spinners Erapalli Prasanna and Bishan Singh Bedi were the stars as their skills stunned the Kiwis on seaming wickets. Prasanna took 24 wickets in the series while Bedi took 16. Bapu Nadkarni, the left-arm slow orthodox spinner, also excelled with 14 wickets. The Indian captain was the iconic Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi. India won that four-Test series 3-1. 
India's first series win in West Indies and Gavaskar's debut 
India made history by winning a Test series in West Indies for the first time. Ajit Wadekar's men beat Gary Sobers' team 1-0 in the five Test series. This series is also famous for Sunil Gavaskar's stunning debut. Gavaskar scored 774 runs in the four Test matches that he played in the series with four hundreds and 220 as his highest score.
India's first series win in England
India recorded their famous win in England. They won the three-Test series 1-0 and once again their captain was Ajit Wadekar. It was a series in which the Indians didn't drop a single catch. Once again the Indian heroes were their three spinners - Srinivas Venkataraghavan (13 wickets), 
Bhagwath Chandrasekhar (13 wickets) and Bishan Singh Bedi (11 wickets). 
India chase down 406 to beat West Indies
India may have lost their away series 2-1 to the West Indies in 1976, but it will be remembered for their win in the third Test match. Brilliant centuries from Sunil Gavaskar (102) and Gundappa Viswanath (112 not out) and a gutsy unbeaten 85 from Mohinder Amarnath helped India become the first team to chase down 400 plus runs in a Test match.
Kapil Dev arrives
India lost that series to their arch-rivals in Pakistan, they got their new fast bowling superstar. Yes, Kapil Dev only got four wickets in the three Test matches that he played in the series. But it was the pace and swing from an Indian bowler that surprised the Pakistanis. The first steps were taken by a future giant in that series.

The tied Test against Australia 
The was only the second time in the history of cricket that a Test match ended in a tie. Dean Jones' epic 210 in adverse weather conditions helped Australia make 574 in their first innings. In reply India made 397 with the help of Kapil Dev's 119. After Australia declared their second innings at 170/5 setting India a target of 348, Sunil Gavaskar's 90 kept India in the race for a memorable win. But their hopes were crushed when last- man Maninder Singh was given lbw by V Vikramraju, leaving the home team one run short of the target.

Gavaskar becomes first man to score 10,000 runs
In the 1987 Test against Pakistan, Sunil Gavaskar, during his innings of 63, became the first man in the history of the game to score 10,000 Test runs. Gavaskar reached the milestone on the third day of the Test match. 
Sachin makes debut
A 16-year-old Sachin Tendulkar made his debut for India in Pakistan and thus began the journey of the most famous cricketer in the world after the incomparable Don Bradman. The four-test series ended in a draw, but Tendulkar's skills and spirit at such a tender age left nobody in doubt that a new superstar was born.

Kapil breaks Hadlee's record
In February 1994, Kapil Dev broke Richard Hadlee's record for most Test wickets when he dismissed Sri Lankan Hashan Tillakaratne in the Ahmedabad Test match. That was his 432nd wicket. He took two more wickets and retired.  
Kumble takes 10 wickets
In the Delhi Test against Pakistan, Anil Kumble became only the second Indian bowler in history to take 10 wickets in an innings as India recorded a famous win at Feroz Shah Kotla.

India stuns Aussies
Inspired by an epic partnership between VVS Laxman (281) and Rahul Dravid (180), India stunned the mighty Australia to record arguably the greatest come-from-behind win in the history of Test cricket. India were asked to follow on by Australia who had a 274 run lead, but the Aussies' 16-match winning run came to an end, thanks to Laxman and Dravid and 13 wickets from Harbhajan Singh, including a first innings hat-trick.

Sehwag becomes first Indian to hit 300
In the first Test against Pakistan of the 2004 series in Multan, Virender Sehwag became the first Indian batsman to hit a triple century (309). Sehwag scored another triple century (319 off 304 balls) against South Africa in Chennai in 2008. Sehwag reached his 300 in 278 balls, the fastest triple century by number of balls. Thus Sehwag became only one of the four men (with Brian Lara, Chris Gayle and Don Bradman being the other three) to have scored two triple centuries. 

Sachin breaks Gavaskar's record
In the 2005 Delhi Test match against Sri Lanka, Sachin Tendulkar went past Sunil Gavaskar's (34) Test century record with his 35th ton. Sachin went on to add 16 more centuries in Test cricket.

India becomes number one Test team
After a series win over Sri Lanka in December 2009, India became the number one Test team in the world for the first time in their cricket history. They eventually lost that position to England in 2011 after their 4-0 defeat in England. 
Sachin retires after 200 Tests
After more than 24 years, Sachin Tendulkar ended his record-breaking career as the sport's most prolific run scorer (34,357 international runs; 15,921 in Tests, 18,426 in ODIs and 10 runs in his only T20 International match) and century maker (100, 51 in Tests and 49 in ODIs). It was also his 200th Test! 


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