A century of victories
There was plenty to celebrate for India after their comprehensive victory against Sri Lanka in the second Test in Kanpur. The win is their third-biggest in Tests (among innings wins), and they became the sixth team to record 100 Test wins. They've reached there in 432 matches, with 68 win in 221 home Tests. Their success factor overseas is much lower - 32 wins in 211 matches.
Among the six teams, India's journey has taken the most number of Tests. Australia's first 100 wins took them only 199 games, while England got there in 241, but both teams had the advantage of being the early movers in Test cricket. West Indies, South Africa and Pakistan needed more time, but even Pakistan got there in 320 games, 112 fewer than India.
|Australia||England||West Indies||South Africa||Pakistan||India|
The relative slowness of India's journey is largely because they gathered winning momentum only in the 2000s - during the current decade they've won 39 out of 102 matches, a healthy 38%. It's more than double their winning percentage in all the other decades put together - before 2000 India had won 61 out of 330, or 18.48%. The 2000s is also the first time India have won more Tests than they've lost in a decade - their win-loss ratio is 1.44. Their earlier best was 18 wins and 20 losses in the 1990s, and 17-19 in the 1970s.
|1930s & 40s||20||0||11||9||0.00|
An even bigger difference is the way India have performed overseas during this period. Before 2000 they had a miserable record of 13 wins in 155 Tests, and a win-loss ratio of 0.18. Since 2000, their record has improved dramatically, with a win-loss ratio of 1. During this period, they've won at least one Test in every overseas country.
|In the 2000s||56||19||19||18||1.00|
The win is India's sixth at the Green Park in Kanpur, which makes it one of their most successful venues.
For Sri Lanka, on the other hand, it was an entirely forgettable game. They've suffered more comprehensive defeats four times, but this is the worst loss against India. Their record in India drops further, to nine defeats and seven draws in 16 Tests. Australia and South Africa are the other countries in which Sri Lanka are yet to win a Test.
S Rajesh is stats editor of Cricinfo