NEW DELHI: Ireland etched their name into the annals of cricket history by securing a momentous maiden Test victory on Friday.
The Irish team’s triumph not only marked a significant milestone in their cricketing journey but also distinguished them by surpassing renowned cricketing powerhouses India and New Zealand in terms of the number of matches taken to achieve this remarkable feat in the revered red-ball format.

Led by skipper Andrew Balbirne’s composed unbeaten 58 and bolstered by a resilient performance from emerging talent Lorcan Tucker, Ireland mounted a remarkable comeback after early setbacks to conquer a challenging chase against Afghanistan.

With the team faltering at 13/3, Balbirne’s steady innings, characterized by a judicious mix of caution and aggression, guided Ireland to a memorable victory, sparking scenes of jubilation both on the field and in the stands.

Despite their relative newcomer status in Test cricket, Ireland’s journey to this historic win unfolded swiftly over just eight matches, spanning six years since their entry into the red-ball format in 2018.
This achievement catapulted Ireland into the esteemed ranks of the sixth-fastest team to clinch their inaugural Test victory, eclipsing the accomplishments of established Test-playing nations such as India, Sri Lanka, South Africa, and New Zealand.
Australia set the precedent for swift success by securing their first win in debut Test in 1877 against arch-rivals England. England and Pakistan registered their first victories in only their second Test matches, whereas India endured a more protracted journey to their maiden Test victory, winning against England in their 25th match.

New Zealand’s ascent to maiden Test victory came in the 45th match, while South Africa clinched their maiden win after featuring in 12 matches, underscoring the diverse trajectories of cricketing nations on their quest for success in the prestigious format.
Ireland’s triumph serves as a testament to their resilience, skill, and unwavering determination, elevating their stature in the global cricketing fraternity.

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(With inputs from ANI)

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