India’s result-oriented trend bucked

India have drawn just 10 test matches on home soil since the beginning of 2010.

After the the test match between India and Sri Lanka was drawn in Delhi in December 2017, India had not drawn a single test match on home soil. The team had gone for 14 consecutive test matches with a result at home before the Kanpur test — the longest sequence of such tests in the country.

The last such streak

The previous longest sequence that went without a draw in the history of test cricket in India was 13 test matches between 1988 and 1994 during which India had a 12-1 win-loss record.

India tried their best to break the last wicket partnership between Rachin Ravindra and Ajaz Patel in the Kanpur test, the first of the two match series, but were unable to do so despite the quality of their spin bowling trio of Ravichandran Ashwin, Axar Patel and Ravindra Jadeja.

Rahane’s two cents

This is what stand-in captain Ajinkya Rahane had to say after the match ended in a stalemate.

“I tried my best. Very good game of cricket, they played really well. We came back really well after the first session. We wanted to get that partnership going. We were looking to bowl 5-6 overs in the end, but we needed that partnership to carry on. I don’t think we could have done anything different. The chat with the umps was about the light. As a fielding team, you want to bowl more overs, as a batting unit you don’t want to bat in that situation. The chat was about the light, but the umpires made the call and I thought they were right.”

“I thought on this wicket the spinners had to bowl long spells. It was all about rotating the bowlers and they bowled really well. I am really happy for Shreyas. He had to wait a long time for his Test debut. He batted really well. The way he works, his record in FC cricket is really good. Virat is coming back for the next game. We’ll have to wait and see till the Mumbai game. I am not going to make any comments but the management will make a call.”

In fact, since 1st January 2010, India have drawn just 10 test matches at home, three of which have come against New Zealand.

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