India defeat Australia Down Under: Here is a list of India’s maiden away Test series wins
Team India made history by defeating Australia in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2-1.
Updated - Jan 7, 2019 5:24 pm
India made history on Monday when they picked up the Border-Gavaskar Trophy on the Australian soil after defeating Australia 2-1 in the four-Test series that concluded with the drawn game in Sydney. India looked favourites to win the fourth Test as well but could not finish off the job even after asking the Aussies to follow on because of bad weather and light. Virat Kohli became the first captain in over eight decades of India’s Test history to win a Test series Down Under, bettering the three drawn series that were the best for India so far in Australia.
With this win, India now have won Test series on soils of all Test-playing nations, except South Africa. Technically, they haven’t beaten Afghanistan and Ireland – the two latest Test-playing nations – whom they are yet to play. India were yet to beat three big teams in their den in Tests when the 21st century dawned – Australia, South Africa and Pakistan – but now have won in two of them.
The last big team India defeated in an away Test series for the first time was Pakistan where Sourav Ganguly’s team won a three-match Test series 2-1 in 2004. Technically though, India’s last maiden victory against a country in an overseas Test series came against Zimbabwe in 2005.
Here we take a look at all the first time victories by India against opponents in Tests abroad:
1. India defeated New Zealand 3-1 in four-Test series in 1968:
New Zealand have been a team that has done well against India and their first away win in a Test series against the Kiwis came the very first time they toured that country in 1967-68. It was only the third Test series to be played between the two sides and India were led by Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi.
The hosts drew level in the second Test at Christchurch after India won the evenly fought first in Dunedin by 5 wickets. But then India went on to win the final two games in Wellington and Auckland by 8 wickets and 272 runs, respectively, to make the series 3-1. Barry Sinclair led the Kiwis in the first Test while Graham Dowling was the captain for the rest of the matches.
While the late Ajit Wadekar was India’s highest scorer in the series with 328 runs, spinner Erapalli Prasanna ended as the top wicket-taker with 22 scalps. This is India’s first-ever Test series win abroad.