Test Cricket is the toughest format and perhaps no one should deny the fact. Pitches behave differently in different parts of the world. The turfs matter a lot, especially when it comes to Test Cricket. In the sub-continent, spin rules the roost. The batsmen who aren’t good against spin tend to struggle in sub-continent pitches. This is the reason why the Asian teams have better players of spin than the ones who are present outside of Asia.
Similarly, the batsmen from sub-continent conditions find it tough to get going in overseas as it offers a lot of swing and bounce. It’s extremely difficult for Asian teams to win Test matches overseas. If we go back to history, there aren’t many overseas wins by the Asian teams in Test Cricket.
However, the performances have reasonably improved, especially from the Indian Cricket Team. To delve deeper into that, let’s take a look at 4 Asian teams with the most overseas wins in Test Cricket since 2010:
4 Asian Teams With The Most Overseas Wins In Test Cricket Since 2010
Bangladesh- 2 Wins
Bangladesh have been one of the most improved teams in world cricket over the last decade. They recently won their first-ever T20 series against Australia 4-1 at home. They have become a force to be reckoned with, especially at home. However, when it comes to winning matches away from home, there is still a long way to go.
As far as Test Cricket is concerned, the exposure is minimal and that is also one of the reasons behind their dismal performances in the longest format, especially in overseas conditions. Bangladesh since 2010 has played 15 away Test series, managing to only win 1 out of them. The solitary series win out of those 15 came recently against Zimbabwe in Zimbabwe. They won the Test series 1-0.
Since 2010, Bangladesh have managed to win only 2 away Test matches overseas, which is actually the fourth-most by any Asian team.
Overall, Bangladesh have played 58 Test matches away from home since gaining the Test status in 2000. In total, they have managed to secure four wins away from home. The first one came against West Indies in 2009. Bangladesh also won the following Test by 4 wickets to stun the opposition. The remaining two victories came against Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe.
Sri Lanka- 8 Wins
Sri Lanka is currently undergoing a turbulent phase as far as their cricket is concerned. They don’t have a lot of leaders in the side and their recent performances have been underwhelming.
Since 2010, Sri Lanka have managed to win 2 overseas series against England and South Africa. They won the two-match Test series against England 1-0 in 2014. In 2019, they visited South Africa and won the series 2-0.
Since 2010, Sri Lanka has managed to win 8 Test matches away overseas, which is the third-most by any Asian country.
Overall, they have played 294 Tests, resulting in 92 wins and 113 losses.
Pakistan- 13 wins
Since 2010, Pakistan have managed to draw a two-Test series in England in 2016 and 2018. Besides, they beat New Zealand in New Zealand 1-0 in 2011. Pakistan have secured as many as 13 Test wins overseas since 2010. Pakistan have a much better record than most of the other Asian teams when it comes to performance in overseas conditions.
Overall, Pakistan have played 438 Tests, resulting in 142 wins, 135 losses, and 162 draws. They have an overall win percentage of 32.42, which is the fourth-highest winning percentage of Test-playing teams. Amongst the SENA countries, Pakistan have the best record against New Zealand. In 60 games, they have managed to secure 25 wins against the Blackcaps.
India- 14 wins
India’s overseas records in Test Cricket have seen a drastic improvement. Since 2010, India have exhibited telling performances in SENA countries. Virat Kohli and Co. recently won their third-ever Test match against England at Lord’s. The other two wins at the home of cricket came in 1988 and 2014.
Besides, Virat Kohli and Co. created history in the 2018-19 Border-Gavaskar after winning the series 2-1. They retained the Trophy after securing their second consecutive Test series win against Australia in the 2020-21 Border-Gavaskar Trophy.
India gave a tough fight during India’s tour of South Africa 2017-18. They, unfortunately, lost the first two games and managed to win the final game of the series.
Since 2010, the Men in Blue have managed to win the most number of overseas Test matches by any Asian country. They have secured 14 overseas Test wins.
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