It’s been 88 years since India first played an international cricket match. During these times they have been part of as many as 1655 international games across formats. They have also given several memorable moments to the cricketing world. In all the Indian team has a rich cricketing history and is one of the most followed teams around the world.
Besides, the team has also shaped up several individual records and team-records. Being the first team to win the World Cup on home soil and to have the most prolific run-scorer of all time, Sachin Tendulkar the Indian team has always been part of some elusive records.
However, the team has also created some worst cricketing records which the fans will not be proud of. Among them, a handful of them will always put a bad taste in the mouth of the Indian cricketing fraternity.
Here is the list of 5 worst records of Indian cricket history:
1) Most losses in ODI format – 423
From the last couple of years when you think of Indian cricket and their white-ball record, it is a match made in heaven. In particular, they have been one of the most successful ODI teams as they are enjoying a win rate of 70% since the 2015 World Cup. They have also made history by winning bilateral series in countries like Australia, South Africa, and New Zealand.
Hence it can be considered as the golden period of the country’s ODI timeline. Unfortunately, there is a twist in the tale as their recent efforts have not completely masked their past failures in the 50-over cricket. As there is still an unwanted record looming over the heads of the Indian team.
To be specific, the Men in Blue has lost the most number of games in ODI history. They have lost a total of 423 games in 987 appearances. Their recent loss to New Zealand played a big role in worsening their record. So now the only relief for the Indian cricket fans is to know that the neighbouring teams, Sri Lanka and Pakistan are just behind their team.
2) First team to be dismissed twice on the same day of a Test match -1952
Even though India faced an embarrassing Test series loss in their recent trip to New Zealand they are still the top-ranked side in the red-ball arena. Besides they are the table-toppers in the Test championship rankings with 360 points. In short, Virat Kohli‘s men have been dominating the format as they have won the Test championship mace for three consecutive years.
Such has been their dominance that they have won 4 of their last 10 matches with an innings margin. A couple of years ago they also created a unique record of dismissing a team twice on the same day of a Test match when they hosted Afghanistan for their inaugural 5-day game. However, very few know that the Indian team has also experienced a similar situation.
Back in 1952, when India played England in Manchester, the team suffered one of the most humiliating batting collapses. The team led by Vijay Hazare bundled out twice on the 3rd day of the match and became the first team to be dismissed in such manner. They could only manage a total of 140 runs in both innings and more importantly, they lost 20 wickets in a span of 58 overs.
3) Most 350 plus totals conceded in ODI cricket – 12
A lot has changed in the ODI cricket in the last decade or so. From heavy bats to batting-friendly wickets the format has titled towards the batsmen. In turn, now the teams are regularly piling on record-breaking totals. It has reached to point where the 350-run mark is considered as a benchmark score in the 50-over cricket.
Especially the Indian team is making a habit of putting up 350 plus totals as they have breached the mark on 29 occasions in the last 10 years. Those numbers might please the Indian fans as they always like to see their team scoring runs. Having said that, India has also been at the receiving end of the other teams which has earned them a dreadful record.
Unfortunately, they are also the team against whom the maximum number of 350 plus totals have been scored. There have been 12 instances when the Indian bowlers have been severely punished by the opposition batsmen. Hence it will not be wrong to say that their batting strength has been concealing one of their frailties in ODI cricket.
4) Most number of extras in a Test inning – 76
Any India-Pakistan cricketing encounter is worth remembering. Even more, if it is a 5-day game between these teams, the fans will get to the see purest form of cricket for a longer period. Sadly the last time when both the teams pitted against each other in the classic format happens to be in 2007.
At the time the arch-rivals played out a dramatic game in the front of Bangalore crowd. The match went into the final session until the bad light stopped the play and robbed the home team of a memorable win. Still, India managed to create history by winning their first Test series on home soil against Pakistan after 27 years, courtesy of their win in the first game of the 3-match series.
However, the Indian team also registered a forgetful record in the same Test. In the first innings of Pakistan, the Indian bowlers conceded 76 extras including 15 no-balls. That number strikes out because it is the maximum amount of runs a team has given away in the form of extras in a single inning of a Test match. The Indian bowling unit and as well as their fans will not be proud of that record.
5) Most number of fours conceded in a T20I inning – 29
After seeing the Men in Blue lift the inaugural T20 World Cup in 2007 the Indian cricket fans have adopted this format of the game. Such has been their love for the shortest format that they always cheer quality T20 action irrespective of the teams involved in the game. That’s why even a tournament like IPL gained popularity across the country.
However, nothing can top the excitement when two good internationals teams play out a T20I game. A similar situation panned out in 2009 when Sri Lanka visited the Indian shores for a 2-match series. It was going to be a memorable series as both the teams were full of match-winners. If India had Virender Sehwag and Yuvraj Singh then the Lankan Lions had Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene in their line-up.
In all the fans expected a cracker of a game and both the teams didn’t disappoint. Sadly for the Indian fans, their team lost the game. More importantly, they also witnessed their heroes create of one of their worst T20I records. During their bowling effort, India conceded as many as 29 fours which is the highest in a T20I inning. So it has to be said that on that night the Indian bowling unit missed the mark by a long way.
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