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Biggest Wins by India in Test Cricket

• 23 Feb, 24 • by Gaurav Sauran
Biggest Wins by India in Test Cricket

Test cricket, valued as the most challenging and purest form of the sport, often serves as the ultimate proving ground for cricketers. Success in this format is deemed as huge importance for a player’s career, symbolizing both the difficulty and significance of the challenges faced. Throughout its rich history, Test cricket has witnessed the rise of world-class players and breathtaking matches that set new standards.

Let’s explore India’s four most significant victories in Test cricket by big margins.

Crushing England by 434 Runs (2024)

India’s most significant win came against England in Rajkot. In the third Test against England, India secured its victory with a margin of 434 runs. The match showcased brilliant performances. Rohit Sharma and Ravindra Jadeja’s centuries, coupled with Mohammed Siraj’s four-wicket haul, laid the groundwork for dominance. Yashasvi Jaiswal’s double century and Sarfaraz Khan’s scores of 62 and an unbeaten 68 on his debut further solidified India’s dominance. This victory, surpassing their previous record of a 372-run win against New Zealand in 2021, marked England’s second-largest margin of defeat in Test cricket.

Dismantling New Zealand by 372 Runs (2021)

The 2021 encounter against New Zealand in Wankhede, Mumbai witnessed a historic spell by Ajaz Patel, who claimed all 10 wickets in an innings, joining the elite list of James Laker and Anil Kumble. Mayank Agarwal’s 62 runs contributed to a first-innings total of 325 which was followed by a dismantling of the New Zealand batting lineup by the Indian bowlers led by Jayant Yadav and Ravichandran Ashwin for just 62 runs. India declared their second innings at 276/7, setting a target of 540. The spin duo of Jayant Yadav and R Ashwin again proved unstoppable, dismissing the Kiwis for 167 runs and securing a comprehensive victory within four days.

Conquering South Africa by 337 Runs (2015)

In 2015, on a batting-friendly pitch of Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi, India aimed for a series sweep against South Africa. Ajinkya Rahane’s century set the tone as India posted 334 runs in the first innings. Ravindra Jadeja’s stellar bowling performance, coupled with captaincy by Virat Kohli, restricted South Africa to 121 runs. With Rahane’s another century in the second innings, India declared a target of 481 runs. India emerged victorious by 337 runs, sealing the series 3-0.

Outclassing New Zealand by 321 Runs (2016)

Under the captaincy of Virat Kohli in 2016, India secured a 321-run victory against New Zealand in Holkar Stadium, M.P With Kohli’s impressive 211, and Ajinkya Rahane’s 188, India declared their first innings at 557/5. Ravichandran Ashwin’s six-wicket haul in the first innings with his seven-wicket haul in the second, pushed India to victory as they completed a 3-0 clean sweep of the series. Ashwin was later awarded with Player of the Series.

These remarkable victories showcase India’s prowess in Test cricket. These victories showcase their ability to dominate on the international stage.

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