India have never won a Test series in Australia. Out of their 40 Tests on Australian soil, they have managed to win just five while losing 26 and drawing nine. Here is a look at India’s performance in Tests in Australia from 1991 to 2012.
1991-92 (Australia 4, India 0, Draw 1 )
The 1991-92 series will mostly be remembered as a Debut series of the greatest leg spinner the world has seen, and the growth of the best batsman world cricket has seen. The first Test was played at Brisbane, where Australia won the Match by 10 wickets, thanks to Craig McDermott and Merv Hughes who shared 16 wickets between them. Melbourne was hosting the Second Test, and India suffered another big loss as Bruce Reid picked up 12 scalps to hand Australia 2-0 lead in the series. Shane Warne made his debut in Sydney in the Third Test of the series, but the stage was shared by Ravi Shastri who scored a double-century and 19-year-old Sachin Tendulkar for his unbeaten century that helped India draw the game. India were back to its normal in the fourth Test as, despite bowling out Australia for 145 in the first innings, they lost the game by 58 runs. Australia ended the series with yet another one sided win despite a fighting century from Sachin Tendulkar at Perth. Mike Whitney took 11 wickets for Australia in the match as India suffered a 300-run defeat.
1999-00 (Australia 3, India 0, Draw 0 )
The 1999-00, was just a 3 match series, in which Australia completely outplayed the Indians. The First match was played at Adelaide Oval in which Australia had posted 441 in their first innings with the help of centuries from Ricky Ponting and Steve Waugh, The trio of Glenn McGrath, Shane Warne and Damien Fleming bundled out India in both the innings , helping Australia win the Test match by 285 runs. The Second test was played at Melbourne which saw debut of Brett Lee. Tendulkar was the only man who did well, scoring a century and a fifty. Australia won the second match and had won the series 2-0 with still a match left. The Aussies also won the Third Test match which was played at Sydney, with Glen McGrath taking 10 wickets in the Test.
2003-04 (Australia 1, India 1, Draw 2 )
Australia were the No 1 Test team during this period and India’s 2003-04 tour to Australia was also Steve Waugh’s final series. This series is also remembered as one of the best away series for the Indian team. The first Test was affected by rain, but the contest was intense. Australia collapsed from 268/3 to 323 all out thanks to Ajit Agarkar and Zaheer Khan. Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly led from the front and scored an important century to help India recover from a not so good position. India were 73/2, chasing 199 when the Test ended in a draw consent of both the teams. The Second Test was played at Adelaide Oval, in which Ricky Ponting scored a double century taking the Aussie total to 556. India replied with Rahul Dravid’s magnificent 233 and VVS Laxman’s composed 148. Agarkar took 6/41 in the second innings to bowl the hosts out for 196 as India chased down 231 to take a 1-0 lead. In the Third Test, Virender Sehwag stood tall with his 195 on the first day of the third Test. Afterwards, it was all Australia as Ricky Ponting recorded his second consecutive double-ton. Australia leveled the series with a nine-wicket win. The final Test in Sydney happened to be a run-fest. Tendulkar who had not score much in the first three tests, scored 241 and Laxman contributed 178 in India’s massive total of 705/7 dec. Justin Langer and Simon Katich’s ton led the Australian reply with Anil Kumble finishing with figures of 8/141. India however did not enforce the follow-on, setting a target of 443 for the Australian, to win the Test Match and the series. India looked all set for maiden Test series win in Australia but for Steve Waugh (80) and Katich (77*) that took them to 357/6 when the Test ended in a draw.
2007-08 (Australia 2, India 1, Draw 1 )
The tour is more remembered for the Monkeygate scandal than cricket, that resulted in India almost abandoning the tour. The first Test ended in lasted for four days after India surrenderd cheaply in both their innings to give Australia a 337-run win. Sydney produced a thrilling contest with Michael Clarke taking three wickets in five deliveries on the final day to bowl India out for 210, clinching a memorable win. However, the Test will more or less be remembered for controversy after Andrew Symonds claimed Harbhajan racially abused him. Umpire Steve Bucknor’s decision were also against the Indian team after which, he was removed from the following Test after the BCCI lodged a protest with the ICC. Spurred on by what took place in Sydney, India made a strong comeback with a 72-run win in the third Test. India also spoiled Australia’s dream of a record 17th consecutive Test win. The 3rd Test was played at Perth , the Fastest pitch in the world, winning their was like making a statement to the Aussies.in the same Test Anil Kumble, the Indian captain, completed 600 Test wickets. The focus had now shifted to Adelaide for the showdown. Tendulkar scored his 39th ton and fifties from Sehwag, Laxman, Harbhajan and Kumble helped India to 526. Hayden, Ponting and Clarke led a fitting reply with centuries apiece as Australia took a slender 37-run lead. Sehwag’s 151 in the second innings ensured that it was a draw.
2011-12 (Australia 4, India 0, Draw 0 )
India were touring Australia after being thrashed 4-0 by the England team, and a similar treatment was in store here for them. The first Test was played at MCG, and the Michael Clarke led Australian Team posted 333 in their first innings and in return the Indian Team were bowled out for 282. Fifties from Ponting and Hussey in the second innings set India a target of 292 to win the First Test, but they were bundled out for 169. In the second Test at Sydney, India managed just 191 runs in their first innings and in reply Australia were struggling at 37/3, but a superb Triple century from Clarke and Hundred’s from Hussey and Ponting helped Australia post a huge total of 659 on the board. In second innings, India batted well and scored 400 runs, but it was not enough as the Aussies won by an innings and 68 runs.
In the Third Test, which was played at Perth David Warner blasted the Indian bowling attack slamming 159-ball 180, which helped Australia post 369 on the board, which was enough to win the Test. India were all out for 161 and 171, and the game was completed in just 3 days. Sehwag captained India in the fourth Test as MS Dhoni was suspended for that game, however change in captaincy, didn’t bring any change in the outcome. Despite a superb 100 from Virat Kohli, Australia won the Test by 298 runs thanks to double centuries from Ponting and Clarke.