India completed a historic win on Monday afternoon in a rain-hit Sydney after the fourth Test was officially abandoned. India heaved a sigh of relief as Virat Kohli’s men became the first-ever Asian team to win a Test series in Australia.
Although the 2-1 scoreline doesn’t reflect the sheer dominance that the side displayed throughout the series, but for the nation, which failed in their last 11 attempts stretched over 72 long years to win a Test series Down Under, had finally ticked the box. However, former Indian cricketer reckons that India’s historic triumph over Tim Pain’s men wasn’t the country’s best-ever overseas win.
However, Manjrekar felt that it was only India’s fourth-best overseas Test series win. “We have to understand that this Australian batting lineup is the weakest. And before the series began, India had a good chance of winning. But because India weren’t winning in South Africa and England despite having a good team there was that question mark. So, No.4. Although the quality of the Indian bowling attack was good. But India had a weakness too – going into the series their batting had a problem. And the series would have been a lot closer had Pujara, after India were 40 for 4 on Day 1 (at Adelaide) not got that hundred,” said the former cricketer in conversation with ESPNCricinfo.
Sanjay Manjrekar rates India’s biggest overseas series win in Tests:
1) India in England in 1971 – 1-0 (3)
2) India in West Indies in 1970/71 – 1-0 (5)
3) India in England in 1986 – 2-0 (3)
4) India in Australia in 2018/19 – 2-1 (4)
5) India in Pakistan in 2003/04 – 2-1 (3)