After severe and depressing losses to Australia and the West Indies in successive home summers, the tide turned for English cricket during the 1976-77 tour of India and Sri Lanka
England overwhelmed India in spite of having started disastrously after winning the toss and batting first
At Calcutta, January 1, 2, 4, 5, 6
The fact that England's 262 in the first innings was by far the highest total of the match and that it led to almost uninterrupted domination by them emphasised the value of the toss.
At Bombay, February 11, 12, 14, 15, 16
An occasion of warmest reunion and nostalgia, the cricket continuously compelling, a result straining credulity