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.
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.
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.