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India is now the No. 1 ranked team in Test Cricket

UPDATE: Dec6 2009: INDIA is now the NO. 1 Ranked Test Team basis official ICC rankings! This phenomenal achiement came when India defeated Sri Lanka in the recently concluded Test in Mumbai.

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India’s 100 Test Match Wins – Growing Win%

Have a look at India’s decade wise Test match performances, and we can easily understand that India’s win rate is increasing every 10 year years. More importantly, the more tests we play, the more we win. This chart also probably highlights how Indian team selection over the last few years has improved. The more merit involved in team selection, the better the results.

India's 100 Test Match Cricket Wins

More than anything else, this coincides with the entry and rise of the Big 5 batting superstars:  Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman, Virender Sehwag and  Saurav Ganguly. India’s bowling strengths were Anil Kumble, Harbhajan Singh and Zaheer Khan. The youngsters, Ishant Sharma and Sreesanth will hopefully carry the pace bowling torch forward.

In terms of captaincy, India’s winning streak started with Azharuddin in a series of Home Wins… and Saurav Ganguly started India’s Overseas Wins.  Dravid/Kumble maintained the win rate for their brief stints. The new captain, M.S. Dhoni has taken over from the previous generation and consolidated the win percentage.

Decade No. of Tests No. of Victories Win % Cume Tests Cume Victories Cume Win %
1931-1940 7 0 0 7 0 0%
1941-1950 13 0 0 20 0 0%
1951-1960 50 6 12% 70 6 9%
1961-1970 46 9 20% 116 15 13%
1971-1980 67 18 27% 183 33 18%
1981-1990 86 11 13% 269 44 16%
1991-2000 69 19 28% 338 63 19%
2001-2010 96 37 39% 434 100 23%

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Rab Ne Bana Di Test Match!

What a way for Sachin Tendulkar to finish the match by hitting a boundary to get his 41st Test Hundred!

Chasing 387 in Chennai against a strong English Test team,  India overhauled the highest fourth innings chase (276 by the West Indies at Delhi n 1987-88) on Indian soil on the fifth and final day to go 1-0 up in the two-Test series.

Full credit to Virender Sehwag to setup the victory. He single-handedly changed the course of the match. England were coasting to victory. 387 in a day4-5 Chennai wicket is almost impossible. As David Lloyd said, the wicket looked like the moon….full of craters. But Sehwag put all space-time calculations to rest and played in a different dimension altogether.

Tendulkar’s hundred, chasing a test victory in the 4th innings is the innings critics said Lara achieved but Sachin didn’t. Now even Brian Lara will give a standing ovation to India’s Bradman.

But lets also applaud the English players for coming to tour India after the Mumbai terror strike and showing that the only losers in this Test match were not the brave English cricketers but the cowardly terrorists who desperately wanted India to live in fear and not enjoy the freedoms of a democratic nation. If England hadn’t toured India, then the terrorists would have won. India winning with the final stroke by a Mumbai cricketer, was perhaps a romantic’s delight.

test hundred no 41

test hundred no 41

Sport wins, Freedom wins, Terror loses…always.

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My linup for the Adelaide Test

1. Virender Sehwag

2. Saurav Ganguly (Yes..Ganguly must open, and Jaffer sent back to refine technique)

3. Rahul Dravid

4. Sachin Tendulkar

5. VVS Laxman

6. Irfan Pathan (Pathan in better form, must bat ahead of Dhoni).

7. MS Dhoni

8. Anil Kumble

9. Harbajjan Singh

10. RP Singh

11. Ishant Sharma

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