India vs Sri Lanka: A look back at past series between the two sides in graphics

Avinash Ramachandran, Jul, 25 2017

When India toured Sri Lanka in 2015, they were facing one of their worst slumps in overseas tours. With a drawn Test against Bangladesh and six other series losses, the Virat Kohli-led side were desperate for a change of fortunes in their overseas record.

One more loss was added to the list after India lost in the first Test of the three-match series. However, India bounced back in the next two matches to win their first overseas tour in four years.

This was also the first time an Indian team won a bilateral Test series on Sri Lankan soil since 1993.

Since their first Test match in 1982, India and Sri Lanka have played a total of 38 Test matches with India coming on top on 16 occasions (including 6 away wins). The two neighbouring countries have played in 14 bilateral Test series, with India leading 7-3 and 4 others ending in draws.

The clashes between the two countries have been traditionally high scoring ones.

Masterful Sri Lankan batsman Sanath Jayasuriya (C) is consoled by India's Rajesh Chauhan (R) and Navjot Sidhu (L). Jayasuriya was dismissed by Chauhan just 35 runs away from the world record test score of 375 on the fifth and final day 06 August of the first test between India and Sri Lanka. AFP PHOTO / AFP PHOTO / SENA VIDANAGAMA

Sanath Jayasuriya (C) is consoled after being dismissed 35 runs short of then world record test score of 375 . AFP

In 1997, Sri Lanka scored 952/6, a world record for the highest Test score, with opener Sanath Jayasuriya scoring a mammoth 340 runs. In 2009, Virender Sehwag scored 293 against Sri Lanka to propel India to their then highest Test total of 726/9 in Mumbai(759/7 against England is the present highest).

Overall, Sachin Tendulkar's 1,995 runs and nine centuries makes him the most successful Indian batsman against Sri Lanka, while Mahela Jayawardene amassed 1,822 runs in 18 matches against the Indians.

Muttiah Muralitharan is the most successful bowler against India with 105 wickets in 22 matches while former captain and coach Anil Kumble has been India's top bowler with 74 wickets.

With the 2017 India's tour of Sri Lanka starting on 26 July, here's a look at the numbers behind seven other times the Men in Blue visited the Island nation.


Both India and Sri Lanka have been known for heavily relying on their spinners in their home and away matches. Since 1993, except on one occasion, spinners have been the top wicket-takers for both Indians and the Lankans. 

Published Date: Jul 25, 2017 | Updated Date: Jul 25, 2017

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4493 125
2 South Africa 3395 110
3 England 4097 105
4 Australia 3087 100
5 New Zealand 3114 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 South Africa 5957 119
2 Australia 5505 117
3 India 4579 114
4 England 5645 113
5 New Zealand 5123 111
Rank Team Points Rating
1 New Zealand 1625 125
2 England 1962 123
3 Pakistan 2417 121
4 West Indies 2222 117
5 India 2183 115