(Last Updated on : 14-04-2017)
Test matches in India are mainly organised between the Indian team and another top cricket playing nation affiliated under International Cricket Council (ICC), in a series format. Indian Cricket team has played the first ever Test Match on 25th June 1932 and till now, Indian Test Cricket Team has played 512 matches, where 138 were won and 158 were lost. 214 matches were declared draw.
Formats of the Test Matches in India
The Indian team mainly play two-match, three-match or five-match Test series against the top cricket teams like Australia, England, West Indies, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, South Africa, New Zealand, Kenya and many other countries like Bangladesh. All these teams visit India in a regular basis to play both the Test and ODI matches, however, most of the emphasis are given to the Test matches in India. People love to watch the test matches in India to witness the highest level of skill of the cricketers.
Organizing the Test Matches in India
The Board of Control for Cricket in India
(BCCI) is in charge of organising and governing all kinds of cricketing activities in India. The Test matches are considered to be the oldest format of Cricket and it is also considered to be the toughest among all the three formats. The Test matches in India are quite popular and are played for five long days. The Indian cricket team has established itself as one of the top teams in Test cricket.
Indian Test Cricket Players
Indian cricket players
have over the years participated in many test matches hosted by India, and have come out winners in the same. The touring teams find it extremely difficult to face Indian attacks, especially the spinners, as they are almost unplayable in home conditions. The 2001 home series against Australia, where India won the series 2-1 under the captaincy of Saurav Ganguly
, and coaching of John Wright
, needs special mention. It formed the turning point in the Indian cricket history. Harbhajan Singh
took 32 wickets in that series and was adjudged man-of-series for his brilliant show with the ball. Rahul Dravid
and VVS Laxman
performed tremendously with the bat as well. The team performed as a unit as a result India bagged the series.
Stadiums for Test Matches in India
The BCCI organises Test matches in India in a number of venues. A number of stadiums are there famed for organising breathtaking test matches in India. The stadiums have all the required modern facilities for successfully organising Test matches. Some of the major Indian cricket stadiums
that organise Test matches in India are Eden Gardens
; the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium
; the Feroz Shah Kotla
; the Barabati Stadium
; the Lal Bahadur Shastri Stadium
; the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium
; the Sardar Patel Stadium
, Motera, Ahmedabad
); the Sawai Mansingh Stadium
; the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium
; the Wankhede Stadium
; theVidarbha C.A. Ground
; the Brabourne Stadium
; the Green Park Stadium