Team India is on the brink of breaking an 88-year-old record in they fail to either win or draw the Test against Australia, starting from December 26, at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground.
After hitting an all-time low in the Adelaide Test, which saw the whole team bundled out for 36 in the second innings last week – their lowest total in Test cricket – the visitors, led by stand-in skipper Ajinkya Rahane, are staring at another huge unwanted record.
Just when we thought 2020 couldn’t get any worse, Team India could end the year without a win or draw for the first time in their 88-year-long history in the international circuit. India had kicked-off 2020 with a couple of defeats in New Zealand to the Blackcaps.
All of the following bilateral series involving the Indian team were scrapped off due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. While the Indian players returned to action during the IPL in UAE, the first international assignment came in the form of the all-format tour of Australia.
Australia had won the ODI series 2-1 before India returned the favor with a 2-1 triumph in the T20i series. If India is to avoid this record, Rahane and his men have to win in Melbourne, which is set to host the 100th Test match between the two nations.
As expected, Australia leads the head-to-head stats, having won 43 matches of the 99 played, while India has won only 28. A total of 27 Tests have ended in a stalemate. Talking about Melbourne, India have won just 3 of the 13 Tests at the venue. For the records, no Indian team has lost all of its matches (minimum criteria being 3 matches) in a calendar year.
As far as the other Test-playing nations are concerned, the likes of Bangladesh (5 times); Zimbabwe, Australia, and South Africa (3 times); and England, New Zealand, West Indies, and Sri Lanka (at least once) have all had performances where they had failed to win or draw a single game in a calendar year in Tests.