India registered its 14th consecutive Test series win after beating New Zealand in the second Test on Monday at Wankhede Stadium. New Zealand, on the other hand, continues to look for a win in a Test match in India. The last time New Zealand won a Test match in India was back in 1988. Besides, they have never won a Test series in India.
India fought hard throughout the tw0-match Test series against New Zealand. In the absence of Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer made his debut in the first Test and scored a century in the very first innings. His century helped India notch 345 runs in the first innings. New Zealand batters too showed great application in the first Test and managed to draw the Test in the end. However, they couldn’t replicate similar performances in the second Test.
The likes of Ravichandran Ashwin, M Siraj and Jayant Yadav ran through New Zealand’s batting unit and bundled them out for 62 and 167 in the second and fourth innings respectively. India, as a result, won the Test by a big margin of 372 runs. Well, it’s not the first time when India have registered a win by such a big margin. The Men in Blue over the years have beaten teams by some huge margins in Test Cricket. And, on that note, here’s a look at the four biggest victories for India by runs in Test Cricket.
India’s 5 Largest Wins By Runs In Test Cricket
India vs Australia, Mohali 2008- 320 runs
Australia visited India to play a four-match Test series in 2008. The Men in Blue thrashed the Aussies as they won the series 2-0 . The rest of the two Tests resulted in draws. The second Test of the series played in Mohali saw India winning the Test by a big margin of 320 runs. India batted first in that Test and posted a gigantic score of 469 runs in 129 overs. All the batsmen in the top six barring VVS Laxman made significant contributions.
Sourav Ganguly scored a century, while MS Dhoni later added 92 off 124 balls. Australia, in reply, were bowled out for 268 runs. Five batsmen got starts but couldn’t convert those into big scores, thanks to a five-wicket haul from Amit Mishra. Riding on a ton from Gautam Gambhir and an unbeaten 68 from MS Dhoni, India then posted 314 runs in the third innings to set a target of 516 runs for Australia to chase down.
A combined bowling effort from India led to Australia getting bowled out for just 195 runs. India, as a result, won that match by 320 runs. It is the fourth-largest victory for India in Test Cricket.