Stats: Lowest totals by India in Tests

Stats: Lowest totals by India in Tests

The 78 all-out at Headingley was India's ninth-lowest total in Test history.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli. (Photo by Adam Davy/PA Images via Getty Images)

India were restricted to their ninth-lowest total in Test cricket history, as they collapsed for 78 runs in merely 40.4 overs after opting to bat first in the third Test against England at Headingley. India lowest score in the format came against Australia during the 2020-21 Border Gavaskar Trophy, when they were bowled out for 36 during the Adelaide Test.

In the first innings, the 78 all-out in Leeds is the team’s third-lowest total after 75 all-out against West Indies in the Delhi Test in 1987 and 76 all-out against South Africa in Ahmedabad in 2008.

On Wednesday, India found themselves in the midst of trouble almost immediately after winning the toss and electing to bat as James Anderson struck thrice in quick succession to remove KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli, before Ollie Robinson, Sam Curran and Craig Overton wrapped the middle and lower order to push India on the backfoot.

In a horrendous passage of play, only two batters of the visiting lineup – Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane, who got 19 and 18, respectively – managed to reach double digits, with Anderson and Craig Overton bagging three wickets each and Sam Curran and Ollie Robinson claiming two each. Incidentally, India’s last two outings at Headingley (in 2002) saw them winning the fixture by an innings and 46 runs.

Lowest totals of India in Test History

Team Score Overs Opposition Ground Match Date
India 36 21.2 v Australia Adelaide 17 Dec 2020
India 42 17.0 v England Lord’s 20 Jun 1974
India 58 21.3* v Australia Brisbane 28 Nov 1947
India 58 21.4 v England Manchester 17 Jul 1952
India 66 34.1 v South Africa Durban 26 Dec 1996
India 67 24.2* v Australia Melbourne 6 Feb 1948
India 75 30.5 v West Indies Delhi 25 Nov 1987
India 76 20.0 v South Africa Ahmedabad 3 Apr 2008
India 78 40.4 v England Leeds 25 Aug 2021

Lowest totals of all-time in Test history

Team Score Overs Opposition Ground Match Date
New Zealand 26 27.0 v England Auckland 25 Mar 1955
South Africa 30 18.4×5 v England Port Elizabeth 13 Feb 1896
South Africa 30 12.3 v England Birmingham 14 Jun 1924
South Africa 35 22.4×5 v England Cape Town 1 Apr 1899
South Africa 36 23.2 v Australia Melbourne 12 Feb 1932
Australia 36 23.0 v England Birmingham 29 May 1902
India 36 21.2 v Australia Adelaide 17 Dec 2020
Ireland 38 15.4 v England Lord’s 24 Jul 2019
New Zealand 42 39.0 v Australia Wellington 29 Mar 1946
Australia 42 37.3×4 v England Sydney 10 Feb 1888
India 42 17.0 v England Lord’s 20 Jun 1974