Action Replay: How India plays Tests at home

India will play 13 Test matches at home in the current (2016-17) season


R. Ashwin emerges the most important player in this period. Photo: Ajay Aggarwal/Hindustan Times
R. Ashwin emerges the most important player in this period. Photo: Ajay Aggarwal/Hindustan Times

If things go according to the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s plan, India will play 13 Test matches at home in the current (2016-17) season. That’s a massive, 65 possible days of Test cricket. It is also a record. No country has ever played as many home Tests in one season alone. Pakistan comes closest with 9 matches it played in the 1982-83 season. Australia has played a maximum of 8 (1978-79) and England, the West Indies and South Africa, 7. India has played 13 matches at home once before, in the 1979-80 season.

In the last five seasons, India played 4, 0, 2, 10 and 3 home Tests, respectively.

Since January 2011, India has played 20 Tests at home with a win-loss record of 15-2, that’s a success rate of 75%.

Ravichandran Ashwin emerges the most important player in this period. He is the only player to have played in all the 20 matches. He is India’s best bowler (136 wickets at an average of 21.04) and is among the five best batsmen (748 runs with two centuries) during the period. In the first Test match against New Zealand at Kanpur, Ashwin also claimed his 200th Test wicket, the second fastest to reach the milestone.

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