India vs West Indies 1st Test, 2018 is hailed as India’s biggest Test cricket wins in the history of the red-ball cricket. But, were you aware of the fact that the Men in Blue have registered such colossal victories on quite a few occasions in the longest format of the game? Under various captains and against different competing nations, India has managed to emerge victorious by thumping margins, with each triumph being rated as the better and greater than the previous one. Here’s a list of the compiled matches, featuring 5 of India’s biggest Test cricket wins.
Top 5 India’s biggest Test cricket wins
#5 India (633) defeats Australia ( 233 and 181)
This could be regarded as one of India’s greatest triumphs over the Australian unit in the history of red-ball cricket. Not to forget, it was the mighty Australian lineup of 1998 the Men in Blue were competing against.
Batting first, the Kangaroos managed to put up a 233 on board as they lost their wickets in a sheepish manner to an equally competent Indian attack. The Indian team led by skipper Mohd. Azharuddin (163), VVS Laxman ( 95), and Navjot Singh Siddhu (97) along with the fifties from Tendulkar, Ganguly, and Dravid smashed the Australian attack for an unforgettable 633 runs.
When Australia’s batting arrived, they once again collapsed to a far superior group of Indian bowlers led by Anil Kumble who picked up a 5-wicket haul, in the process snatching an innings and 219 runs victory. It truly was one of India’s greatest Test cricket wins.
#4 India ( 610-3d) defeats Bangladesh ( 118 and 253)
Indian cricket team under the leadership of Rahul Dravid crushed the Bangladeshi unit in their own backyard during India’s tour of Bangladesh in 2007. Courtesy the century knocks from Dinesh Karthik, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, and Wasim Jaffer, along with a blistering fifty from MS Dhoni, India was able to put up a total of 610 on board.
Bowling department led by swing specialist Zaheer Khan pranced upon the hosts and tore through Bangladeshi lineup, in the process registering a 5-wicket haul to the name. The result was obvious, India won the Test by a margin of innings and 239 runs.
#3 India (610-6d) defeats Sri Lanka ( 205 and 166)
This Test match was played during at Nagpur during Sri Lanka’s tour of India in 2017. Batting first, the visitors could amass a paltry 205 on board against the likes of spin wizard Ravichandran Ashwin who picked up a 4-wicket haul by the end of the 1st innings.
What followed thereafter was probably a massacre of the highest order. Indian skipper Virat Kohli bashed the Lankans for a double century and was assisted by opener Murali Vijay, Rohit Sharma and Cheteshwar Pujara who scored centuries as well to help India crawl up to a competitive total.
Once again, the Sri Lankans succumbed to Ravichandran Ashwin as he picked up another 4-wicket haul to his name, leading India to an innings and 239 runs victory.
#2 India ( 474) defeats Afghanistan ( 109 and 133)
This was Afghanistan’s inaugural match in the red-ball cricket and one of India’s greatest Test cricket wins in their history of red-ball cricket. With zero experience of the Test format, there was no way they could have avoided such disastrous defeat at the hands of the Indian team. The Afghani unit lost the game by a margin of an innings and 262 runs in their first Test, something which would have hurt them to the core.
Batting first, India piled up a total of 474, courtesy the centuries from openers Shikhar Dhawan and Murali Vijay, along with the half-century from Hardik Pandya (71). Bowling department led by Ashwin and Jadeja managed to curb down the Afghani lineup onto scores of 109 and 133, thereby picking 4-wicket hauls each to their name.
#1 India (649-d) defeats West Indies ( 181 and 196)
Without an iota of doubt, the home team taking on the Caribbean XI during the first Test of the ongoing series had to acquire the topmost position in India’s greatest Test cricket wins.
After opting to bat first, India launched a massacre onto the Windies unit in the form of centuries from debutant Prithvi Shaw, skipper Virat Kohli, and Ravindra Jadeja, along with the fifty plus supports from Rishabh Pant (92) and Cheteshwar Pujara (86). When India’s bowling arrived, they delivered what could be termed as another round of the extreme torture by snubbing down the Windies for 180 and 196 in the 2nd and 3rd innings respectively.
Thanks to Jadeja, Kuldeep, and Ashwin for exhibiting a stupendous piece of spin prowess for turning the game in India’s favor.