What besides Gabba: Cricketing fortresses across the world

With Team India breaching the Gabbatoir fortress in the last test match of the series against Australia, here's a look at venues across test cricket which remain impregnable.

34 - Pakistan at National Stadium, Karachi (1955-00) Pakistan first played a test match at the National Stadium in Karachi against India in 1955. Their next match at the venue was against New Zealand which they won by an innings. Since then, Pakistan never lost a test match at Karachi till 2000 when they suffered a 6-wicket defeat against England.

This brought an end to their 34-match winning streak at the venue. Since then, Pakistan have won more often than not at Karachi barring their 160-run loss against South Africa at the venue in 2007.

31 - Australia at Gabba (1989-21)

Before India beat Australia by 3 wickets in the final test match of the four-match series on their tour of Australia in 2020-21, Australia had not lost a test match at the venue since 1989.

What was strange was that the victory for India came despite Australia winning the toss and taking a first innings lead. India were up against an improbable target of 329 on the final day of the match. With a forecast of rain as well, India were not expected to win.

However, the weather chose to be kind and India, led by Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara and Rishabh Pant, chased down the total in brilliant fashion to break the Australian streak at the venue and become the first Asian team to breach the fortress.

27 - West Indies at Kensington Oval (1948-93)

West Indies did not lose a single test match at Kensington Oval between 1948 and 1993. They finally suffered a defeat at the venue where they had gone 27 test matches without a loss.

25 - England at Old Trafford (1905-54) The Old Trafford in England was a real fortress for the nation between 1905 and 1954. The team did not lose a single test match after competing in 25 of them, before the streak was finally broken in 1954.

19 - West India at Sabina Park (1958-89)

West Indies have played a total of 52 test matches at Sabina Park till date. While they are no longer invincible at the venue as they once were, the team did not lose a single test match in 19 games at the venue between 1958 and 1989.

West Indies' winning streak started with a victory by an innings and 174 runs against Pakistan and ended with a defeat against England by nine wickets in 1990.