India vs Sri Lanka stats preview: From Virat Kohli's record-chasing brigade to Islanders' woeful year

Here's a look at the stats and facts before the first Test of the series between India and Sri Lanka begins at Eden Gardens, Kolkata on 16 November.

Umang Pabari, Nov, 15 2017

Will the upcoming Test series between India and Sri Lanka see the visitors claw back some lost pride or will Virat Kohli's men script another chapter of dominance? The numbers and form suggest that the latter is likelier but cricket is a game of uncertainty so anything can happen and that’s what the onlookers would want to witness. An intriguing and hard-fought series.

India are No 1 in the ICC Test rankings so the ball will be in Sri Lanka’s court to win their first ever Test in India during the upcoming the series but it will be easier said than done. The Islanders will try to make the series interesting with their performances, and run India close.

India cricket team will look to inflict another clean sweep on Sri Lanka. AP

India cricket team will look to inflict another clean sweep on Sri Lanka. AP

India are now no longer a side with the same group of players in all the three formats. They have few Test specialists back for the series before their major Test against the mighty South Africans in the next year. India have few questions to answer before the series starts. Who will be the opening partner for the reliable Murali Vijay? Who will form India's pace attack? How many bowlers will they want to go in with? Are they interested in having Rohit Sharma straightaway in the XI? There will be constant changes in the final XI in each and every Test according to the conditions as Indian captain and team management are known for not playing with the same eleven players in consecutive matches.

Sri Lanka won their last Test series against Pakistan by a margin of 2-0 in UAE but the quality of the opposition batsmen will be different as it has always been tough for any team to beat India in India irrespective of the format. It will be indispensable for the whole team to come up with a plan and win crucial moments of the game to put India under pressure as India have not lost a Test series under the leadership of Virat Kohli yet.

The next few weeks will give us an indication about whether the series will be prosaic or not but for the time being India are overwhelming favourites.

Here's a look at the stats and facts before the first Test of the series begins at Eden Gardens, Kolkata on 16 November.

Apart from Australia, India are the only country in which Sri Lanka have not won a Test.

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India have a 8-3 record against Sri Lanka when it comes to winning Test series’ which further make them favourites to win the upcoming Test series. The last time Sri Lanka won a Test series against India was back in 2008 but it was played in Sri Lanka.

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India have only lost a Test out of their last 25 Tests which sums up the size of the task that Sri Lanka face.

Recent form (last 10 Tests, starting from the most recent)
India: W, W, W, W, D, W, L, W, W, W
Sri Lanka: W, W, L, L, L, W, L, W, L, L

The first Test usually sets the tone for the rest of the series and Sri Lanka have drawn the first Test of a series on last three occasions in India but they lost the series theref after. This is a statistic that they will look to change this time around.

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The following numbers show that the pacers have performed slightly better than spinners at Eden Gardens, Kolkata in last 10 years in Tests.

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India are on the verge of eclipsing their own record of winning most international matches in a calendar year if they win atleast one of the three Tests in the series. They have already won 31 Tests out of 44 in 2017.

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Sri Lanka’s record in this calendar year in international cricket certainly substantiates that they have to be competitive if they want to remain as an international Test team. They have lost more matches than any other team in a single calendar year in international cricket so far in 2017.

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Here are some individual records held in India versus Sri Lanka Tests held in India:

Leading run-scorer:

For India: 846 runs by Rahul Dravid from 8 matches

For Sri Lanka: 628 runs by Mahela Jayawardene from 6 matches

Leading wicket-taker:

For India: 44 wickets by Anil Kumble from 9 matches

For Sri Lanka: 40 wickets by Muttiah Muralitharan from 11 matches

Leading wicket-keeper:

For India: 16 dismissals by MS Dhoni from 6 matches

For Sri Lanka: Seven dismissals by Kumar Sangakkara from 3 matches

Leading fielder:

For India: 15 catches by Mohammad Azharuddin from 8 matches

For Sri Lanka: 6 catches by Arvinda de Silva from 10 matches

Highest total:

For India: 726/9d at Mumbai (BS) in 2009

For Sri Lanka: 760/7d at Ahmedabad in 2009

Lowest total:

For India: 167 at Chennai in 2005

For Sri Lanka: 82 at Chandigarh in 1990

Highest individual score:

For India: 293 runs by Virender Sehwag at Mumbai (Brabourne Stadium) in 2009

For Sri Lanka: 275 runs by Jayawardene at Ahmedabad in 2009

Best bowling figures in an innings:

For India: 7/51 by Maninder Singh at Nagpur in 1986

For Sri Lanka: 7/100 by Muttiah Muralitharan at Delhi in 2005 

Best bowling figures in a match:

For India: 11/125 by Venkatapathy Raju at Ahmedabad in 1994

For Sri Lanka: 11/128 by Kumble at Lucknow in 1994

Published Date: Nov 15, 2017 | Updated Date: Nov 15, 2017




Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4493 125
2 South Africa 3767 111
3 England 4497 105
4 New Zealand 3114 97
5 Australia 3294 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 South Africa 6386 120
2 India 6379 120
3 Australia 5948 114
4 England 6156 114
5 New Zealand 5432 111
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 2843 124
2 New Zealand 1925 120
3 West Indies 2395 120
4 England 2029 119
5 India 2965 119