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From Amarnath to Dhoni: How India fared against Australia over the years!

Last updated on: December 08, 2014 12:53 IST

As India gear up to take on Australia in the four-match Test series, starting December 9, Rajneesh Gupta presents a statistical look at the Test record between the two teams.

India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni (right) watches Australia skipper Michael Clarke toss the coin during the third Test in Perth on January 13, 2012. Photograph: Hamish Blair/Getty Images

India’s rivalry with Australia dates back to 1947-48 when Lala Amarnath’s team travelled to take on the hosts, who were being captained by batting great Don Bradman.

Australia swept to a 4-0 victory in the five-match series before the two teams clashed again nearly eight years later in India, where the hosts again lost 0-2.

India’s first series victory over Australia came in 1979-80 under the captaincy of Sunil Gavaskar. It was a six-match series played in India, which the hosts won 2-0 with four matches drawn. 

Since 1996-97 the two teams play for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, which India won on the first attempt in 1996-97 in a one-off Test series.

Interestingly, the last two series finished in whitewashes. Australia blanked India 4-0 in the 2011-12 four-match series at home before they also faced the same result when they travelled to India the next year.

Series results:

Season Venue CAPTAINS Tests Ind Aus Tied Drawn
1947-48 Australia L. Amarnath D.G. Bradman 5 0 4 0 1
1956-57 India P.R.Umrigar I.W. Johnson 3 0 2 0 1
1959-60 India G.S.Ramchand R. Benaud 5 1 2 0 2
1964-65 India Nawab Pataudi, jun. R.B.Simpson 3 1 1 0 1
1967-68 Australia Nawab Pataudi, jun. R.B.Simpson 4 0 4 0 0
1969-70 India Nawab Pataudi, jun. W.M.Lawry 5 1 3 0 1
1977-78 Australia B.S. Bedi R.B.Simpson 5 2 3 0 0
1979-80 India S.M.Gavaskar K.J.Hughes 6 2 0 0 4
1980-81 Australia S.M.Gavaskar G.S.Chappell 3 1 1 0 1
1985-86 Australia Kapil Dev A.R. Border 3 0 0 0 3
1986-87 India Kapil Dev A.R. Border 3 0 0 1 2
1991-92 Australia M. Azharuddin A.R. Border 5 0 4 0 1
THE BORDER - GAVASKAR TROPHY
1996-97 India S.R.Tendulkar M.A.Taylor 1 1 0 0 0
1997-98 India M. Azharuddin M.A.Taylor 3 2 1 0 0
1999-00 Australia S.R.Tendulkar S.R.Waugh 3 0 3 0 0
2000-01 India S.C.Ganguly S.R.Waugh 3 2 1 0 0
2003-04 Australia S.C.Ganguly S.R.Waugh 4 1 1 0 2
2004-05 India S.C.Ganguly R.T.Ponting 4 1 2 0 1
2007-08 Australia A.Kumble R.T.Ponting 4 1 2 0 1
2008-09 India A.Kumble R.T.Ponting 4 2 0 0 2
2010-11 India M.S.Dhoni R.T.Ponting 2 2 0 0 0
2011-12 Australia M.S.Dhoni M.J.Clarke 4 0 4 0 0
2012-13 India M.S.Dhoni M.J.Clarke 4 4 0 0 0
 
Total In India 46 19 12 1 14
Total In Australia 40 5 26 0 9
Grand total 86 24 38 1 23

Note: R.R.Lindwall (second) in 1956-57, W.M.Lawry (third and fourth) in 1967-68, C.G. Borde (first) in 1967-68, A.C.Gilchrist (first,second and third) in 2004-05, R.Dravid (third and fourth) in 2004-05, M.S. Dhoni (second and fourth) in 2008-09, V Sehwag (fourth) in 2011-12 and SR Watson (fourth) in 2012-13 series led their respective sides in place of regular captains.

SUMMARY OF RESULTS:

India are yet to win a Test series in Australia in 10 attempts, but won seven out of 13 series played at home against their opponents from Down Under.

  Series Ind Aus Drawn
in India 13 7 4 2
in Australia 10 0 7 3
TOTAL 23 7 11 5

HIGHEST TEAM TOTALS:

India’s highest team total is 705 for seven declared at Sydney in 2003-04, while Australia’s best is 674 at Adelaide in 1947-48.

INDIA:

Total Venue Season
705-7d Sydney 2003-04
657-7d Kolkata 2000-01#
633-5d Kolkata 1997-98
613-7d Delhi 2008-09
600-4d Sydney 1985-86

(# following-on)

AUSTRALIA:

Total Venue Season
674 Adelaide 1947-48
659-4d Sydney 2011-12
604-7d Adelaide 2011-12
577 Delhi 2008-09
575-8d Melbourne 1947-48

LOWEST TEAM TOTALS:

INDIA

Total Venue Season
58 Brisbane 1947-48
67 Melbourne 1947-48
98 Brisbane 1947-48
104 Mumbai (WS) 2004-05
110 Adelaide 1999-00
125 Melbourne 1947-48

AUSTRALIA

Total Venue Season
83 Melbourne 1980-81
93 Mumbai (WS) 2004-05
105# Kanpur 1959-60
107 Sydney 1947-48
107 Delhi 1969-70
125 Kanpur 1979-80

(# batted one batsman short)

INDIVIDUAL HUNDREDS:

India 69
Australia 91

HIGHEST INDIVIDUAL INNINGS:

VVS Laxman hits a boundary on his way to a record 281 against Australia during the third Test at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata in March 2001. Photograph: Shaun Botterill /Allsport

In terms of individual batting, India’s best showing against Australia is the magical innings of 281 by V V S Laxman in that memorable Kolkata Test match in 2000-01 which India won despite following-on.

No Indian batsmen has scored a triple century against Australia yet, but were on the receiving end of Michael Clarke’s splendid knock of 329 not out in Sydney in 2011-12.

INDIA

Runs Batsman Venue Season
281 VVS Laxman Kolkata 2000-01
241* SR Tendulkar Sydney 2003-04
233 R Dravid Adelaide 2003-04
224 MS Dhoni Chennai 2012-13
214 SR Tendulkar Bangalore 2010-11
206 RJ Shastri Sydney 1991-92
206 G Gambhir Delhi 2008-09
204 CA Pujara Hyderabad 2012-13
200* VVS Laxman Delhi 2008-09

AUSTRALIA

Runs Batsman Venue Season
329* MJ Clarke Sydney 2011-12
257 RT Ponting Melbourne 2003-04
242 RT Ponting Adelaide 2003-04
223 JL Langer Sydney 1999-00
221 RT Ponting Adelaide 2011-12
213 KJ Hughes Adelaide 1980-81
210 DM Jones Chennai 1986-87
210 MJ Clarke Adelaide 2011-12
204 GS Chappell Sydney 1980-81
203 ML Hayden Chennai 2000-01
201 DG Bradman Adelaide 1947-48

MOST RUNS IN A SERIES

Rahul Dravid leads the run aggregate in a series by an Indian batsman against Australia with 619 runs in four matches, in the 2003-04 series, when he made 619 runs at an average of 123.

For Australia, not surprisingly, it is the great Bradman who hammered 715 runs in five matches in the 1947-48 series with four centuries and a fifty in six innings.

INDIA

Player Season in Mts Inns NO Runs Hs Avg 100s 50s
R Dravid 2003-04 Aus 4 8 3 619 233 123.80 1 3
GR Viswanath 1979-80 Ind 6 8 1 518 161* 74.00 2 2
VVS Laxman 2000-01 Ind 3 6 0 503 281 83.83 1 3
VVS Laxman 2003-04 Aus 4 7 1 494 178 82.33 2 1
SR Tendulkar 2007-08 Aus 4 8 1 493 154* 70.43 2 2
GR Viswanath 1977-78 Aus 5 9 0 473 89 52.56 0 5
V Sehwag 2003-04 Aus 4 8 0 464 195 58.00 1 1
G Gambhir 2008-09 Ind 3 6 0 463 206 77.17 2 1
SM Gavaskar 1977-78 Aus 5 9 0 450 127 50.00 3 0

AUSTRALIA

Player Season in Mts Inns NO Runs Hs Avg 100s 50s
DG Bradman 1947-48 Aus 5 6 2 715 201 178.75 4 1
RT Ponting 2003-04 Aus 4 8 1 706 257 100.86 2 2
MJ Clarke 2011-12 Aus 4 6 1 626 329* 125.20 2 0
KJ Hughes 1979-80 Ind 6 12 2 594 100 59.40 1 5
DC Boon 1991-92 Aus 5 9 2 556 135 79.43 3 1
ML Hayden 2000-01 Ind 3 6 1 549 203 109.80 2 2
RT Ponting 2011-12 Aus 4 6 1 544 221 108.80 2 3
RB Simpson 1977-78 Aus 5 10 0 539 176 53.90 2 2
AR Border 1979-80 Ind 6 12 0 521 162 43.42 1 3
RM Cowper 1967-68 Aus 4 7 0 485 165 69.29 2 2
ML Hayden 2003-04 Aus 4 8 1 451 136 64.43 1 3

MOST RUNS IN INDIA-AUSTRALIA TESTS:

Sachin Tendulkar played the most number of Tests by an Indian against Australia and tops the runs chart. His tally reads 3630 runs in 39 Tests with 11 centuries at an average of 55, followed by Laxman, who enjoyed playing against Australia, scoring 2434 runs in 29 Tests.

For the Aussies, former captain Ricky Ponting leads the way with 2555 runs in 29 Tests with eight centuries.

INDIA

Player Mts Inns NO Runs Hs Avg 100s 50s
SR Tendulkar 39 74 8 3630 241* 55.00 11 16
VVS Laxman 29 54 5 2434 281 49.66 6 12
R Dravid 32 60 6 2143 233 39.69 2 13
V Sehwag 22 43 1 1738 195 41.38 3 9
SM Gavaskar 20 31 1 1550 172 51.66 8 4
GR Viswanath 18 31 2 1538 161* 53.03 4 9
SC Ganguly 24 44 4 1403 144 35.08 2 7
DB Vengsarkar 24 38 4 1304 164* 38.35 2 7

AUSTRALIA

Player Mts Inns NO Runs Hs Avg 100s 50s
RT Ponting 29 51 4 2555 257 54.36 8 12
MJ Clarke 21 38 2 1914 329* 53.17 6 6
ML Hayden 18 35 3 1888 203 59.00 6 8
AR Border 20 35 5 1567 163 52.23 4 9
DC Boon 11 20 3 1204 135 70.82 6 2
RB Simpson 11 21 0 1125 176 53.57 4 6
SR Waugh 18 31 5 1090 150 41.92 2 5
SM Katich 14 26 3 1088 125 47.30 2 6
MEK Hussey 14 24 2 1078 150* 49.00 3 4
JL Langer 14 26 0 1047 223 40.27 3 4

BEST BOWLING IN AN INNINGS

Jasubhai Patel holds the record for the best bowling figures by an Indian against Australia when he claimed nine for 69 in Kanpur in 1959-60. Harbhajan Singh, Kapil Dev and Anil Kumble have claimed eight wickets in an innings each.

For Australia, little-known Jason Krejza has the best bowling figures when he claimed eight for 215 at Nagpur in 2008-09 in his debut match. But Australia still ended up losing the game by 172 runs.

INDIA

Figures Player Venue Season
9-69 JM Patel Kanpur 1959-60
8-84 Harbhajan Singh Chennai 2000-01
8-106 Kapil Dev Adelaide 1985-86
8-141 A Kumble Sydney 2003-04
7-48 A Kumble Chennai 2004-05
7-49 Ghulam Ahmed Kolkata 1956-57
7-98 BS Bedi Kolkata 1969-70
7-103 R Ashwin Chennai 2012-13
7-123 Harbhajan Singh Kolkata 2000-01
7-133 Harbhajan Singh Chennai 2000-01

AUSTRALIA

Figures Player Venue Season
8-215 JJ Krejza Nagpur 2008-09
7-27 MR Whitney Perth 1991-92
7-38 RR Lindwall Adelaide 1947-48
7-43 RR Lindwall Chennai (Corp) 1956-57
7-66 GD McKenzie Melbourne 1967-68
7-67 G Dymock Kanpur 1979-80
7-72 R Benaud Chennai (Corp) 1956-57
7-93 AK Davidson Kanpur 1959-60
7-94 NM Lyon Delhi 2012-13
7-143 JD Higgs Chennai 1979-80

BEST BOWLING IN A MATCH

Harbhajan Singh (centre) celebrates the wicket of Ricky Ponting during the third Test match at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata in March 2001. Photograph: Hamish Blair/Allsport

Off-spinner Harbhajan Singh holds the Indian record for the best bowling performance against Australia, with figures of 15 for 217 in Chennai in 2000-01.

INDIA

Figures Player Venue Season
15-217 Harbhajan Singh Chennai 2000-01
14-124 JM Patel Kanpur 1959-60
13-181 A Kumble Chennai 2004-05
13-196 Harbhajan Singh Kolkata 2000-01
12-104 BS Chandrasekhar Melbourne 1977-78
12-198 R Ashwin Chennai 2012-13
12-279 A Kumble Sydney 2003-04
11-122 RG Nadkarni Chennai (Corp) 1964-65
11-224 Harbhajan Singh Bangalore 2004-05
10-130 Ghulam Ahmed Kolkata 1956-57
10-174 EAS Prasanna Chennai 1969-70
10-194 BS Bedi Perth 1977-78

AUSTRALIA

Figures Player Venue Season
12-124 AK Davidson Kanpur 1959-60
12-126 BA Reid Melbourne 1991-92
12-166 G Dymock Kanpur 1979-80
12-358 JJ Krejza Nagpur 2008-09
11-31 ERH Toshack Brisbane 1947-48
11-95 MR Whitney Perth 1991-92
11-105 R Benaud Kolkata 1956-57
10-91 GD McKenzie Chennai (Corp) 1964-65
10-103 GD McGrath Sydney 1999-00
10-144 AA Mallett Chennai 1969-70
10-151 GD McKenzie Melbourne 1967-68
10-168 CJ McDermott Adelaide 1991-92
10-249 GRJ Matthews Chennai 1986-87

MOST WICKETS IN A SERIES

The best performance by an Indian bowler in a Test series against Australia again belongs to Harbhajan, who took a massive 32 wickets in the three-Test series in 2000-01 including a hat-trick. Bishen Singh is second with 31 wickets in 1997-98 while Craig McDermott also took the same number of wickets in 1991-92 series in Australia.

INDIA

Player Season in Mts Wkts Best Avg 5WI 10WM
Harbhajan Singh 2000-01 Ind 3 32 8-84 17.03 4 2
BS Bedi 1977-78 Aus 5 31 5-55 23.87 3 1
R Ashwin 2012-13 Ind 4 29 7-103 20.10 4 1
BS Chandrasekhar 1977-78 Aus 5 28 6-52 25.14 3 1
Kapil Dev 1979-80 Ind 6 28 5-74 22.32 2 0
DR Doshi 1979-80 Ind 6 27 6-103 23.33 2 0
A Kumble 2004-05 Ind 4 27 7-48 25.37 3 1
EAS Prasanna 1969-70 Ind 5 26 6-74 25.85 3 1
EAS Prasanna 1967-68 Aus 4 25 6-104 27.44 2 0
Kapil Dev 1991-92 Aus 5 25 5-97 25.80 2 0

AUSTRALIA

Player Season in Mts Wkts Best Avg 5WI 10WM
CJ McDermott 1991-92 Aus 5 31 5-54 21.61 3 1
AK Davidson 1959-60 Ind 5 29 7-93 14.86 2 1
R Benaud 1959-60 Ind 5 29 5-43 19.59 2 0
AA Mallett 1969-70 Ind 5 28 6-64 19.11 3 1
WM Clark 1977-78 Aus 5 28 4-46 25.04 0 0
BW Hilfenhaus 2011-12 Aus 4 27 5-75 17.22 2 0

MOST WICKETS IN INDIA-AUSTRALIA TESTS

Anil Kumble is the top wicket-taker for India against Australia and is the only bowler to have taken 100 wickets or more with 111 scalps from 20 Tests, with Harbhajan Singh second on 95 wickets from 18 games.

For Australia, fast bowler Brett Lee tops the charts with 53 wickets in 12 Tests against India followed by Richie Benaud, who claimed 52 wickets in eight matches.

INDIA

Player Mts Wkts Best 5WI 10WM Avg SR
A Kumble 20 111 8-141 10 2 30.32 58.70
Harbhajan Singh 18 95 8-84 7 3 29.96 61.12
Kapil Dev 20 79 8-106 7 0 25.35 60.08
Zaheer Khan 19 61 5-91 3 0 35.59 63.23
EAS Prasanna 13 57 6-74 5 1 28.72 75.98
BS Bedi 12 56 7-98 5 1 24.91 72.02
NS Yadav 13 55 5-99 1 0 28.78 72.64
BS Chandrasekhar 9 38 6-52 3 1 28.08 66.13
R Ashwin 7 38 7-103 4 1 30.21 64.63
DR Doshi 9 38 6-103 2 0 28.16 77.11
I Sharma 16 36 4-77 0 0 44.03 80.36
KD Ghavri 12 32 5-107 1 0 37.41 75.75
RG Nadkarni 11 30 6-91 3 1 24.63 73.90
AB Agarkar 9 30 6-41 1 0 39.07 63.97
J Srinath 11 30 4-130 0 0 42.33 80.93

AUSTRALIA

Player Mts Wkts Best 5WI 10WM Avg SR
B Lee 12 53 5-47 2 0 31.98 57.13
R Benaud 8 52 7-72 5 1 18.38 56.79
GD McGrath 11 51 5-48 2 1 18.65 50.16
GD McKenzie 10 47 7-66 4 2 20.57 54.53
JN Gillespie 10 43 5-56 1 0 25.44 55.60
SK Warne 14 43 6-125 1 0 47.19 91.28
MG Johnson 10 37 5-64 1 0 35.46 66.95
RR Lindwall 10 36 7-38 2 0 20.14 57.92
PM Siddle 9 36 5-49 2 0 25.28 46.28
CJ McDermott 9 34 5-54 3 1 28.82 63.24
BW Hilfenhaus 6 33 5-75 2 0 22.00 45.45
AN Connolly 10 31 4-31 0 0 24.68 69.97
AK Davidson 6 30 7-93 2 1 15.77 53.57

CAPTAINCY RECORD

Mahendra Singh Dhoni has captained India the most number of times against Australia and holds a creditable 72 percent success rate, with eight victories in11 Tests. The Nawab of Pataudi Jr. also captained India in the same number of Tests but won only two games for a success rate of 18 percent.

Interestingly, Allan Border led Australia in 11 Tests against India, winning four but didn’t lose a single of them, while Ricky Ponting managed just two wins in the same number of games.

INDIA

Player Mts Won Lost Drawn Tied Win%
MS Dhoni 11 8 3 0 0 72.72
R Dravid 2 1 1 0 0 50.00
BS Bedi 5 2 3 0 0 40.00
SM Gavaskar 9 3 1 5 0 33.33
SC Ganguly 9 3 3 3 0 33.33
M Azharuddin 8 2 5 1 0 25.00
SR Tendulkar 4 1 3 0 0 25.00
GS Ramchand 5 1 2 2 0 20.00
Nawab Pataudi, Jr. 11 2 7 2 0 18.18
A Kumble 6 1 2 3 0 16.66
Kapil Dev 6 0 0 5 1 0.00
L Amarnath 5 0 4 1 0 0.00
PR Umrigar 3 0 2 1 0 0.00
CG Borde 1 0 1 0 0 0.00
V Sehwag 1 0 1 0 0 0.00

AUSTRALIA

Player Mts Won Lost Drawn Tied Win%
MJ Clarke 7 4 3 0 0 57.14
IWG Johnson 2 2 0 0 0 100.00
DG Bradman 5 4 0 1 0 80.00
WM Lawry 7 5 1 1 0 71.43
AC Gilchrist 3 2 0 1 0 66.66
RB Simpson 10 6 3 1 0 60.00
SR Waugh 10 5 3 2 0 50.00
R Benaud 5 2 1 2 0 40.00
AR Border 11 4 0 6 1 36.36
GS Chappell 3 1 1 1 0 33.33
MA Taylor 4 1 3 0 0 25.00
RT Ponting 11 2 6 3 0 18.18
KJ Hughes 6 0 2 4 0 0.00
RR Lindwall 1 0 0 1 0 0.00
SR Watson 1 0 0 1 0 0.00
Rajneesh Gupta