List of test matches India lost at home since 1st January 2014
Since 1st January 2014, India have lost only four test matches at home.
Since 2004, India have lost only two test series at home. The first came against Australia in Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2004 and then the other came against England in 2012-13. India’s last test series defeat came against England in 2012. England won the four-match test series by 2-1. Following the defeat against England in 2012, India are yet to lose a single test series at home and have dominated every single opposition in the last decade or so. They have lost only four test matches home in last 10 years.
Indian spinners have outclassed every opponents they have bowled to and made India an invincible side at home. No other team in the world managed to keep their dominance for this long. It all started under Sourav Ganguly’s leadership when Harbhajan Singh and Anil Kumble started hunting in pairs. Then came the duo of Ravi Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja to dominate the spin game in last 10 years. Here we look at the few losses India suffered in the last 10 years in test cricket.
1. India vs Australia, Pune, February 2017 :
Australian left-arm spinner Steve O’Keefe had a terrific game against India at MCA Stadium in Pune that gave Australia a great start in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2017. India suffered a test defeat at home after 50 months in test cricket when Australia crushed India by a huge margin of 333 runs. Batting first, Australia posted a total of 260 in the first innings and then bowled out India for 105. In the second innings, Australia amassed a total of 285 runs to set a target of unthinkable 441 on a rank-turner Pune wicket. Later they bowled out India for 107 runs to win the match by a huge margin of 333 runs.
Steve O’Keefe picked up 6 wickets for 35 runs in each Indian innings in Pune. Despite a huge loss in the first test in Pune, India bounced back nicely and went on to win the four-match series by 2-1.
2. India vs England, Chennai, February 2021 :
England travelled India for a four-match test series in February-March 2021. England skipper in that series, Joe Root stunned India with his splendid double century in the first test in Chennai. England had a magnificent beginning to the series and comprehensively defeated India by a huge margin of 227 runs. Joe Root scored 218 runs in the first innings and helped his side put a mammoth total of 578 runs on the board in the first innings.
India managed to score 337 runs in the first innings, but were short by 241 runs to get a lead. Later in the match, England piled up 178 runs in the second innings to set a target of 420 to chase in the fourth innings, to which India succumbed at 192 and lost the game by 227 runs. Jack Leach, Dom Bess, and James Anderson bowled brilliantly for England to hand India their second home test defeat in the last 10 years.
3. India vs Australia, Indore, March 2023 :
In the Border Gavaskar Trophy 2023, Australia lost the first two tests against India, but bounced back nicely on a rank turner in Indore to hand India their third defeat in the last 10 years. After winning the toss and opting to bat first, the hosts managed to put up only 109 runs in the first innings. Australia scored 197 in the first innings and got a lead of 88 runs and then came Nathan Lyon’s magic spell to bundle out India for 163 in the second innings. Lyon picked up eight wickets in the second innings conceding 64 runs.
India set up a target of 76 for the visitors in the fourth innings, which they chased down losing only one wicket. The match got over in just three days.
4. India vs England, Hyderabad, January 2024 :
India once again suffered a loss against England in the first match of the five-match test series in 2024. After winning the toss and electing to bat first, England couldn’t do much and all of their batsmen returned back to the pavilion for 246. Replying back, India showcased exemplary batting skill and posted a total of 420 runs to get a lead of 174 runs. Batting in the second innings, half of the England side were back in the hut before getting a lead, but vice-captain Ollie Pope’s resilient 196 helped England post 436 on the board and set the hosts a target of 231 runs.
After going expensive in the first innings on his debut, Tom Hartley put up a brave show and took seven wickets in the fourth innings to handover India their fourth home test defeat since 2014.
(Data updated till 28th January, 2024)
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