- India hosted a five-Test series 29 years back.
- Pakistan toured them in 1987 and the series was won by the visitors.
- Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Zimbabwe are yet to play a five-Test series.
India is all set to host a five-Test series after 29 long years. India and England are going to play five Tests with the opening match scheduled to be played at Rajkot, starting November 9.
Pakistan toured India for a five-Test series in 1987. The series was won by the visitors 1-0 after a fighting 16-run win in the final match at Bengaluru. That game also witnessed the last of Sunil Gavaskar in the whites.
Since then, India have hosted a maximum of four Tests in a series. That has happened on six occasions so far. They played West Indies in 1987-88, Australia in 2004, 2008 and 2013, England in 2012 and most recently South Africa in 2015 at home.
The last time when India played an away five-Test series was in 2012 when they toured England. It was a forgettable series where Dhoni and Co faced a 1-3 drubbing.
That tour was India's first five-Test series since their 2002 tour of West Indies.
Before 1987, five and six-Test series were standard when compared to 1990s onwards. India had hosted 18 series of at least five Tests, starting from the 1948-49 tour of West Indies.
However, the likes of Australia, England and South Africa have stuck to the trend of five-Test series for almost more than two decades. The famous rivalry of Ashes still comprises of five Tests.
Apart from Ashes, England have featured in a five-Test series on eight occasions (in last 20 years) to Australia's one (in a decade).
West Indies have played seven five-Test series and South Africa have played one less than them.
It has been 45 years since New Zealand played a five-Test series. Meanwhile, Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe and Bangladesh are yet to play in a five-Test series.
Last Updated 31, Mar 2018, 6:41 PM IST