The first tour was in 1932 and the last was in 2014
In the intervening decades India has played 57 tests in Eng, winning 6, losing 30 and drawing 21!
So not surprisingly a distinctly better home record.
117 out of the 522 tests we have EVER played as a nation have been against England!
So in all, we have lost 14 test series in Eng, won 3 and drawn 1
But that was not the first tour of England by an Indian team.
The 1911 tour in contrast was a truly pan-Indian team with a remarkably diverse composition.
He was also well known as a ladies man, having married 5 times, with numerous other liasons. Bhupinder is estimated to have sired 88 children, in his brief life of 49 years!
There were no tests ofcourse..
Hailing from the southern town of Dharwad, Baloo was India's first "Dalit" superstar in sport.
Whats interesting is that the man who kept wicket to Baloo was an Iyengar brahmin named KS Sheshachari from Madras
A Brahmin-Dalit collaboration on the cricket field as early as 1911
Even someone like Baloo moved away from cricket and became a politician
But it was not until 1932 that India made its test debut - which happened on our first tour of England since 1911
Though we lost the test it was not by a massive margin - only 158 runs.
What's interesting about the Indian team of 1932 was that we had no fine spinners back then. Our strength was our new ball attack of Amer Singh and Mohd Nissar
Nissar was an outright fast bowler from Lahore who ended his FC career with an average of 18.
Amar was a very fine seam bowler from Gujarat who also averaged 18 in FC cricket.
India played 26 First class matches on the tour. Winning 9, drawing 9 and losing 8!
A far far superior record to the performance back in 1911
In contrast to 1932, India fared much worse. Of the 28 FC games, we won just 4, drawing 12 and losing 12. Much worse than in 1932
This time though there were 3 tests played, of which England won 2 and one was drawn.
There were run-ins between him and the more talented players in the group like Lala Amarnath, Vijay Merchant and CK Nayudu.
And Vizzy was perceived as a divisive figure
During this match, Vijay Merchant and Mustaq Ali posted a 203 run opening partnership, a record at the time!
Merchant ofcourse was one of India's greatest batsmen of all time, ending his career with a FC avg of 71 second only to DG Bradman.
Mustaq was a swashbuckler, a Virendra Sehwag of his day.
England won the series 1-0 with 2 games drawn.
India was captained by Ifthikar Ali Khan Pataudi - the father of Mansur Pataudi and grandfather of the actor Saif Ali Khan
Of the 29 FC fixtures, India won 11, drew 14 and lost just 4!
VIjay Merchant ended the tour with 2,385 runs at an average of 75 and with 7 centuries!
Unlike in 1946, when England resources were impacted by war, India was now up against a much stronger England side captained by Len Hutton.
Unlike previous tours it was a 4-test series which Eng won 3-0
Trueman terrorized the Indian batsmen on the tour. In the 2nd innings of the first test, India was famously reduced to 0 for 4 at one stage!
Notwithstanding this super effort, England won the match by 8 wickets!
On that tour, India played in a 5 test series in England for the first time, and had a whitewash losing all 5 matches.
Even on the whole FC tour, India won just 4 games while losing 11.
The 1959 performance was much much worse than what the 1946 team or even the 1932 team had managed many years ago.
It was a much younger, more spirited side. And it had 4 very fine young spinners coming into their own - Bedi, Prasanna, Chandrasekhar and Venkatraghavan
These 4 spinners bowled England out for 298 on the first day of the test match
We won the series 1-0, and lost just one FC game on the whole tour
The series win was shaped by an Indian victory in the third test at the Oval - with a match winning spell of 6-38 by BS Chandrashekar
The Indian team returned home to a ticker tape parade welcome.
India was whitewashed 0-3 in as many tests. One one infamous occasion in the 2nd test at Lord's they were even bowled out for 42! Our lowest total in tests till date.
The major highlight was Gavaskar's monumental 221 in the drawn Oval test - a game where we came within 10 runs of victory
It was a phase when we competed with England equally. Losing the 82 series 0-1 but winning comfortably 2-0 in 1986
We had Mohd Azharuddin's breathtaking century at Lord's in a remarkably high scoring game that saw Gooch hit 333 and Kapil hit 4 sixes to avoid follow on
Ganguly hit a century on debut and Dravid 95. It was a fine start to two illustrious careers
In the 18 years since 2000, India has toured England 4 times - in 2002, 2007, 2011, and 2014.
THe star of the series was Dravid with over 600 runs.
The seam bowling of Zaheer Khan played a key role in the Indian victory.
In 2011, the Indian team was trounced 4-0 by Strauss's Englishmen. And 3-1 by Cook's team in 2014.
What caused this regression? In 2011 the team had v high hopes, but the ageing batting lineup was badly exposed by the fine English attack
In 2014, the result was more inexplicable as the batsmen came a cropper against the mediocre spin of Moeen Ali
The high of 71
The low of 74
The high of 86
The lows of 90 and 96
The high of 2002/2007
And the abysmal lows of 2011/2014
SIngh and Nissar in '32
Merchant in 46
Mankad in 52
Chandra in 71
Gavaskar in 79
Vengsarkar in 86
Azhar in 90
Dravid / Ganguly in 96
So it is a country that has made many an Indian legend.