We have often seen teams dominating for a certain interval of time when they look just invincible as if they do not have any weak link, any opening that could be penetrative and this gets irritating after a while, obviously for the ones who are on the receiving end.
West Indies domination in the 70s and 80s, Australia's domination in both test and ODIs, Sri Lanka's destructive opening pairs, India's rise in the Sourav Ganguly and Mahendra Singh Dhoni era, all these remind us of the times when the respective nations were the best at what they did.
Today we will dive deep into the winning streaks of teams in every format of the game. Let's begin!
Test Cricket (16 matches)
The oldest and the purest form of cricket, test cricket has also witnessed years of dominance over several decades. But do you know which team has the highest number of consecutive wins in test matches? Well, we'll tell you.
It is Australia who were unbeaten and untouched in 16 tests from 14 October 1999 to 27 February 2001. The domination was so malignant that there were some two ten-wicket wins, on four occasions they won the match with an innings in hand, while on three occasions they managed to outplay their opponents by 180 or more than 180 runs.
In this astonishing run of 16 games unbeaten, Australia beat West Indies five times, India four times, New Zealand and Pakistan were beaten thrice, while Zimbabwe lost one as well.
What's extraordinary about Australia is that they hold the second position or the join-most position as well because they repeated the feat between 26 December 2005 to 2 January 2008.
This could take the second spot for the mere reason that the earlier run happened before. This time the opponents were mostly different from their last run. South Africa tasted defeat five times along with England, while Bangladesh, India, and Sri Lanka lost two each in this 16-game unbeaten streak of Australia.
Speaks volumes, doesn't it? What do you think? Any team makes it 17 unbeaten soon? We doubt it.
One Day Internationals (21 matches)
Another format, another period but it is Australia who are on top again. In ODI cricket, Australia are first on the list with the longest winning streak of 21.
To put this dominance into perspective, the team that is second on the list is South Africa. Any guesses how far they are? South Africa are second with 12 consecutive wins only.
Make no mistake, doing it on 12 successive occasions is not a cakewalk but the fact that Australia are nine ahead with a total of 21 shows that truly are one of the biggest giants in the sport.
Australia's run stretched from 11 January 2003 to 24 May 2003, four months, 21 consecutive ODI triumphs, sounds extraordinary, doesn't it?
In this run, England fell victim on most occasions with five losses, Sri Lanka and West Indies with four each, India twice, while Pakistan, Kenya, Namibia, Zimbabwe, New Zealand, and the Netherlands lost a game each.
Also, the second spot is held by Pakistan and South Africa again who also have 12 wins each. Do you see any team winning 22 on the trot?
Twenty 20 Internationals (12 matches)
When we talk about this format, a very underrated side is leading the charts. Who do you think it is? It's Afghanistan. They are not just first but they also hold the second spot with 12 and 11 successive T20I wins respectively.
The first run went from 5 February 2018 to 15 September 2019. It involved wins against Ireland five times, Bangladesh four times, and Zimbabwe three times.
Twenty 20 (25 matches)
You may be thinking that twenty20 was already mentioned above then why are we doing it again? The difference here is that the earlier one was Twenty20 Internationals and this category involves the local leagues and teams from various countries.
It includes the IPL, the CPL, and various other leagues that take place throughout the year. The team that tops this chart is the Sialkot Stallions of the National T20 Cup that takes place in Pakistan.
Sialkot Stallions hold the record for most consecutive wins in a national T20 Cup competition with 25 wins. The run stretched from 24 February 2006 to 10 October 2010.
The only IPL side that has made the list is Kolkata Knight Riders with 14 wins from 7 May 2014 to 2 October 2014.
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