New Delhi: The Indian cricket team will be celebrating its 500th Test match today at Kanpur against a determined New Zealand team. Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar and Kapil Dev will also be among the crowd to mark the historic occasion.
The match against New Zealand etches the beginning of a three-Test series followed by matches against England, Bangladesh and Australia this season. After the 2-0 win against New Zealand in the four-match series, India will be aiming for a victory which will decide in an elevation in ranking for Virat Kohli’s men.
India was beaten to the top spot by Pakistan after rain latched the doors for victory against West Indies. The Virat Kohli-led team is hopeful that they will reclaim the throne before Pakistan takes to the pitch against West Indies.
As far as India’s form goes, they look to be in great condition as they’ve won three out of the four matches they’ve played at home. And with the celebration of India’s 500th Test today at Kanpur, India looks to cap it all off with a solid victory — rain or not.
India started its first Test match series against England in 1932, a time when India had not gained independence.
100th Test: India vs England in 1967
Led by Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi, India played against England and were routed to the massive target run set by England at 410.
200th Test: India vs Pakistan in Lahore in 1982
India’s 200th Test in Lahore against Pakistan was a truly memorable one. Led by Sunil Gavaskar, the Indian team was having a good run until abrupt rain resulted in an inevitable draw, leading to imminent 3-0 win of Pakistan.
300th Test: India vs South Africa at Motera in 1996
VVS Laxman and a young Sachin Tendulkar powered India to victory against South Africa in a three-match series. This particular Test would be memorable, particularly due to trademark style of play executed by Laxman at difficult times.
400th Test: India vs West Indies at Kingston in 2006
India was relatively well off in the Caribbean as they beat a team which had Brian Lara in it. On the day the match was played, India managed to win the last in four-match series.
500th Test: India vs New Zealand at Kanpur, today