India's Record in Boxing Day Test Matches

Here are India's results and performances in the Boxing Day Test matches ahead of the SA vs IND test in Centurion.

Abishek Goswami
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India's Record in Boxing Day Test Matches

Boxing Day Test: Virat Kohli's 169 run-inning against Australia in Melbourne Image - Getty

The Boxing Day Test is a cricket tradition that is played on December 26 every year. It is now celebrated in various countries. In 1950, Australia and England played the first Boxing Day Test. Since then, it has become a prominent fixture in the cricket calendar. India will play against South Africa in the first Test of the 2-match series at Centurion on December 26 after winning the ODI series by 2-1. India are unbeaten since 2014 in Tests starting on December 26. However, before 2014, India had a poor record in Boxing Day Tests. Here is India's record in the Boxing Day Tests ahead of the SA vs IND 1st Test match.

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India's Record in Boxing Day Test Matches

India's first Boxing Day Test match was against Australia at MCG in 1985. The match ended in a draw. Greg Matthews (100) and Allan Border (163) scored impressive centuries for the Aussies while Ravi Shastri claimed eight wickets for India.

India's first Test loss came in 1991 in this prominent fixture. They lost to Australia by eight wickets. It took India 25 years to register their first-ever win in a Boxing Day Test match which came in Durban in 2010 when they beat South Africa by 87 runs.

Team India have been brilliant in their last three test matches which started on December 26, winning all of them. They beat Australia by 137 runs in 2018. Rahane then led Team India to an iconic victory at the MCG in 2020. India's most recent Boxing Day encounter was against the Proteas in Centurion in 2021. The visitors registered a famous win by 113.

  • Played: 17

  • Won: 4

  • Lost: 10

  • Drawn: 3

  • Last Result: India beat South Africa by 113 runs at Centurion in 2021


  • 1985 vs Australia - Match Drawn (Melbourne)

  • 1987 vs West Indies - Match Drawn (Eden Gardens)

  • 1991 vs Australia - Lost by 8 wickets (Melbourne)

  • 1992 vs South Africa - Lost by 9 wickets (Gqeberha)

  • 1996 vs South Africa - Lost by 328 runs (Durban)

  • 1998 vs New Zealand - Lost by 4 wickets (Wellington)

  • 1999 vs Australia - Lost by 180 runs (Melbourne)

  • 2003 vs Australia - Lost by 9 wickets (Melbourne)

  • 2006 vs South Africa - Lost by 174 runs (Durban)

  • 2007 vs Australia - Lost by 337 runs (Melbourne)

  • 2009 vs South Africa - Won by 87 runs (Durban)

  • 2011 vs Australia - Lost by 122 runs (Melbourne)

  • 2013 vs South Africa - Lost by 10 wickets (Durban)

  • 2014 vs Australia - Match Drawn (Melbourne)

  • 2018 vs Australia - Won by 137 runs (Melbourne)

  • 2020 vs Australia - Won by 8 wickets (Melbourne)

  • 2021 vs South Africa - Won by 113 runs (Centurion)

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