From June 1932 till October 2015, India have played 491 Tests. They’ve won 124 Tests, lost 157, drawn 209 and tied 1.
India made their Test debut at the Lord’s in 1932. Since then they have 491 Tests. India lost 157 Tests and won 124. The record is not better than Sri Lanka and Pakistan. India has played most number of drawn 209 and tied 1.
In terms of series, India played 137 Test series. Among then India won 50 and lost 59 while drawn 28.
India’s Test performance is not looked great if Sri Lanka and Pakistan’s record put in the stats’ plate.
However, India was the only side in the world who did not lose a single home series in 1990’s, which is considered a underestimated accomplishment.
India’s Test fortune on the foreign shore and home soil has changed in 2001 under the captaincy of Sourav Ganguly. Indias’ performance in the first decade of new millennium helped them to held the numero uno position in the ICC Test ranking. India held it for 20 months.
Prestigious cricket specific website Wisden Almanac, which was founded as a yearly book on cricket in 1864, is colloquially known as the “Bible of Cricket” for its insightful cricket writing over the 151 years has made a list of top 10 highest impactful Indian batsmen, bowlers and players on the basis of the impactful innings in the last 83 years.
List of top 10 highest impacts India batsmen
Talking about the bowlers when Kumble took 12 wickets (of the 16 to fall) in the final Test at Sydney in January 2004, Australia put a strong fight to foil India’s attack in order to ensure captain Steve Waugh famous last Test innings. If India’s other bowlers came a little hard on Australian batsmen, if the wicketkeeping was a little sharper in that innings, India would have won their first Test series in Australia. And Kumble would have registered a series winning performance and been among the five highest impact bowlers in Test history.
Here is the list of top 10 highest impact Indian bowlers
Along with batsmen and bowlers, India got some genuine all-round performances in the matches over the years which made a great impact in India’s victory. Here is the list of top 10 cricketers who made the highest impact in the history of India 83 years old Test cricket.
Top 10 highest impact Indian players
Wisden in its website said, “It is very important to understand that this is not about rankings and who is a better player.” It is about their performance in match and result of the team in that match.
For example In 2008 Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman scored 154 and 102 against Australia at Sydney Cricket Ground. But, India lost the match by 122 runs. Sunil Gavaskar scored 221 at the Oval in 1979 in the fourth innings to chase 438 against England. If Kapil scored 9 instead of 0 then India could win the match and level the series 1-1.
So, while calculating the stats from the history, it admitted, “We are just auditing cricket history as it unfolded here, that’s all, not making judgement calls as to who was better.”