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How have India fared in one-off Tests?

February 08, 2017 08:45 IST

Rajneesh Gupta gives us all the numbers.

The last time India played a one-off Test, it was against Bangladesh in Fatullah.

That game was marred by rain and ended in a draw.

On Thursday, February 9, India face Bangladesh in another one-off Test at Hyderabad.

It is rare for India to play a one Test 'series'.

The last time India played a one-off Test in India was 20 years ago!

In India's 84-year-old Test cricket history there were only 3 such instances in the first 50 years.

Since 1990, India have played 8 such Tests including the two inaugural Tests for the latest entrants to Test cricket -- Zimbabwe and Bangladesh.

Vinod Kambli -- who is the 2nd highest run-scorer in one-off Tests for India) -- scored a double century (227) against Zimbabwe in Delhi in 1992-1993.

Shikhar Dhawan scored a fabulous 173 against Bangladesh in the Fatullah Test in 2015.

In that same drawn contest at Fatullah, Ravichandran Ashwin picked up a fifer (5/87).

The history of one-off Tests involving India is packed with interesting stats.

Virat Kohli will look to add another win to his already decorated resume as captain

IMAGE: Virat Kohli will look to add another win to his already decorated resume as captain. Photograph: Scott Barbour/Getty Images

India's one-off Tests

Season Dates Vs Host Venue Winner
1932 June 25-28, 1932 England England Lord's England won by 158 runs
1980 February 15-19, 1980 England India Mumbai England won by 10 wickets
1982 September 17-22, 1982 Sri Lanka India Chennai Drawn
1990 November 23-27, 1990 Sri Lanka India Chandigarh India won by an inning and 8 runs
1992 October 18-22, 1992 Zimbabwe Zimbabwe Harare Drawn
1993 March 13-17, 1993 Zimbabwe India Delhi India won by an innings and 13 runs
1994 March 19-23, 1994 New Zealand New Zealand Hamilton Drawn
1996 October 10-13, 1996 Australia India Delhi India won by 7 wickets
1998 October 7-10, 1998 Zimbabwe Zimbabwe Harare Zimbabwe won by 61 runs
2000 November 10-13, 2000 Bangladesh Bangladesh Dhaka India won by 9 wickets
2015 June 10-14, 2015 Bangladesh Bangladesh Fatullah Drawn

Only those matches have been taken into account, which were held as one-off Test.

In 1998-1999 India played one Test against Pakistan and one against Sri Lanka as part of the Asian Test Championship. The same has not been included in the above list.

Summary of results

  Matches Won Lost Drawn
v Australia 1 1 0 0
v Bangladesh 2 1 0 1
v England 2 0 2 0
v New Zealand 1 0 0 1
v Sri Lanka 2 1 0 1
v Zimbabwe 3 1 1 1

Summary of results (home or away)

  Matches Won Lost Drawn
At home 5 3 1 1
Abroad 6 1 2 3
Total 11 4 3 4
         

Highest totals

For India:

Total Vs Venue Season
566/6 declared Sri Lanka Chennai 1983
536/7d Zimbabwe Delhi 1992
462/6d Bangladesh Fatullah 2015
429 Bangladesh Dhaka 2000

Vs India:

Total For Venue Season
456 Zimbabwe Harare 1992
400 Bangladesh Dhaka 2000
394 Sri Lanka Chennai 1982
368/7d New Zealand Hamilton 1993

Lowest totals

For India:

Total Vs Venue Season
149 England Mumbai 1980
173 Zimbabwe Harare 1999
187 England Lord's 1932
189 England Lord's 1932

 

Vs India:

Total For Venue Season
82 Sri Lanka Chandigarh 1990
91 Bangladesh Dhaka 2000
182 Australia Delhi 1996
187 New Zealand Hamilton 1993

Individual hundreds

For India: 8

Vs India: 6

Highest individual innings

For India:

  Runs Vs Venue Season
Vinod Kambli 227 Zimbabwe Delhi 1992
Shikhar Dhawan 173 Bangladesh Fatullah 2015
Sunil Gavaskar 155 Sri Lanka Chennai 1982
Nayan Mongia 152 Australia Delhi 1996
Murali Vijay 150 Bangladesh Fatullah 2015
Rahul Dravid 118 Zimbabwe Harare 1999
Sandeep Patil 114* Sri Lanka Chennai 1982
Sanjay Manjrekar 104 Zimbabwe Harare 1992
Navjot Sidhu 98 New Zealand Hamilton 1993
Ajinkya Rahane 98 Bangladesh Fatullah 2015
Sunil Joshi 92 Bangladesh Dhaka 2000
Dilip Vengsarkar 90 Sri Lanka Chennai 1982

 Vs India:

  Runs For Venue Season
Aminul Islam 145 Bangladesh Dhaka 2000
Dave Houghton 121 Zimbabwe Harare 1992
Andy Flower 115 Zimbabwe Delhi 1992
Ian Botham 114 England Mumbai 1980
Duleep Mendis 105 Sri Lanka Chennai 1982
Duleep Mendis 105 Sri Lanka Chennai 1982
Roy Dias 97 Sri Lanka Chennai 1982
Grant Flower 96 Zimbabwe Delhi 1992
Stephen Fleming 92 New Zealand Hamilton 1994

5 wickets in an innings

For India: 9

Vs India: 6

Best bowling in an innings

For India:

  Figures Vs Venue Season
Venkatapathy Raju 6/12 Sri Lanka Chandigarh 1990
Karsan Ghavri 5/52 England Mumbai 1980
Anil Kumble 5/67 Australia Delhi 1996
Anil Kumble 5/70 Zimbabwe Delhi 1992
Dilip Doshi 5/85 Sri Lanka Chennai 1982
Ravichandran Ashwin 5/87 Bangladesh Fatullah 2015
Mohammad Nissar 5/93 England Lord's 1932
Kapil Dev 5/110 Sri Lanka Chennai 1982
Sunil Joshi 5/142 Bangladesh Dhaka 2000

Vs India:

  Figures For Venue Season
Ian Botham 7/48 England Mumbai 1980
Ian Botham 6/58 England Mumbai 1980
Naimur Rahman 6/132 Bangladesh Dhaka 2000
Ashantha de Mel 5/68 Sri Lanka Chennai 1982
Henry Olonga 5/70 Zimbabwe Harare 1998
John Traicos 5/86 v India Harare 1992

Best bowling in a match

For India:

  Figures Vs Venue Season
Anil Kumble 9/130 Australia Delhi 1996
Venkatapathy Raju 8/37 Sri Lanka Chandigarh 1990
Anil Kumble 8/160 Zimbabwe Delhi 1992
Sunil Joshi 8/169 Bangladesh Dhaka 2000
Kapil Dev 8/207 Sri Lanka Chennai 1982
Dilip Doshi 8/232 Sri Lanka Chennai 1982
Anil Kumble 7/129 Zimbabwe Harare 1999
Maninder Singh 7/145 Zimbabwe Delhi 1992
Mohammad Nissar 6/135 England Lord's 1932

Vs India:

  Figures For Venue Season
Ian Botham 13/106 England Mumbai 1980
Ashantha de Mel 7/201 Sri Lanka Chennai 1982
Bill Bowes 6/79 England Lord's 1932
Henry Olonga 6/110 Zimbabwe Harare 1998-99
Naimur Rahman 6/154 Bangladesh Dhaka 2000

Leading run-scorers (for India)

  Matches Innings Not Out Runs Highest Score Average 100 50
Rahul Dravid 3 5 1 271 118 67.75 1 0
Vinod Kambli 2 3 0 255 227 85.00 1 0
Sourav Ganguly 3 5 1 254 84 63.50 0 2
Nayan Mongia 3 6 0 236 152 39.33 1 0
Sunil Gavaskar 2 4 1 232 155 77.33 1 0
Kapil Dev 6 8 1 204 60 29.14 0 1
Sachin Tendulkar 7 10 1 196 62 21.77 0 1
Sandeep Patil 2 4 1 190 114* 63.33 1 0

Leading wicket-takers (for India)

  Matches Overs Maidens Runs Wickets Best Average 5WI 10WM
Anil Kumble 5 294.5 80 615 29 5/67 21.20 2 0
Kapil Dev 6 218 59 548 22 5/110 24.90 1 0
Javagal Srinath 4 185.3 47 436 16 4/60 27.25 0 0
Venkatapathy Raju 3 137.1 66 200 11 6/12 18.18 1 0
Sunil Joshi 2 106.3 27 257 10 5/142 25.70 1 0
Dilip Doshi 2 97 19 301 9 5/85 33.44 1 0
Manoj Prabhakar 3 101 30 187 9 3/44 20.77 0 0
Harbhajan Singh 2 57.5 11 181 8 3/64 22.62 0 0
Rajesh Chauhan 2 92.1 20 236 7 3/97 33.71 0 0
Maninder Singh 1 67 12 145 7 4/66 20.71 0 0

Most appearances

  Matches
Sachin Tendulkar 7
Kapil Dev 6
Mohammad Azharuddin 6
Anil Kumble 5
Javagal Srinath 4

Rajneesh Gupta