India just two short of 100 Test wins in 21st century

Chennai: As India gear up to face England in a four-Test series from Friday, the host country is only two wins away from becoming the fourth team to notch 100 wins in Test cricket in the 21st century. India have played 216 Tests since January 1, 2000, and have won 98 matches — for a 45.37 per cent success — lost 59, and drawn 59.

Remarkably, India’s number of wins in this century is already far more than what they managed in 68 years in the previous century. Between June 1932, when India played their first ever Test, and December 31, 1999, India played 330 Tests and won just 61 for an 18.48 per cent success. They drew 159 matches and lost 109. One Test, against Australia in 1986-87 in Madras, ended in a tie.

India can complete a century of Test wins when they play England in a four-match series starting at the MA Chidambaram Stadium here on Friday.

Australia have won the most number of Tests since January 1, 2000, winning 138 matches out of 232. England come second with 120 wins in 266 Tests while South Africa are on 100 wins out of 204.

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