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India vs Australia: Virat Kohli & Co Aim for 10-0 Against the Visitors

Vimal Kumar |Cricketnext | Updated: February 17, 2017, 9:16 PM IST
India vs Australia: Virat Kohli & Co Aim for 10-0 Against the Visitors

Steve Smith and Virat Kohli. (Getty Images)

New Delhi: India are eyeing a unique record against Australia in the forthcoming four-match Test series starting February 23 in Pune.

The Indian team are in red-hot form coming into this series and a 4-0 victory over Steven Smith's troops is not being ruled out by the pundits. But if India do manage to blank the visitors, this will be the hosts' tenth successive Test victory against Kangaroos at home.

The visitors are already on the back-foot mentally, as the last time they were in the subcontinent, the Kangaroos were humiliated 3-0 by Sri Lanka in 2016.

Also, its no secret that the Australians are not comfortable while playing spin bowling. Last year the Lankans used this weakness against them and now it's Virat kohli's turn to unleash R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja on the visitors.

Out of last 10 matches played in India, Australia have been on the losing side eight times. But their fortunes were not always like this in the subcontinent.

From 2002 till 2006, out of the twelve Tests played in Asia, Australia managed to win ten and lose just one. However, from 2007 till 2011, Australia could only win one Test from seven matches and since then they have been on a downward spiral.

The 3-0 defeat at the hands of Sri Lanka meant that Australia have lost all their last eleven matches on Asian soil.

From 1969 till 2004, Australia could not manage a single series win in India and in 2001, legendary Australian captain Steve Waugh famously branded winning a Test series in India as the final frontier for his illustrious line-up. However, Waugh's men were edged 2-1 by Sourav Ganguly-led India team in that particular series.

Australia finally tasted ended their drought in India when Adam Gilchrist — who replaced injured Ricky Ponting as the skipper — led them to a series win in 2004.

But looking at their inability to tackle spin, it is looking highly unlikely that Steven Smith's men will be able pull off something similar this time.

First Published: February 17, 2017, 9:16 PM IST

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