India has always been a formidable side at home, but somehow it could not transform the potential it had into wins while playing abroad. And that India registered its first Test victory overseas after almost 35 years is a disgrace in itself.
But things are changing now and there is a distinct shift in India's fortunes while playing abroad in this decade. The number of series wins abroad in these 8 years is in fact more than what India has managed to achieve in it's first 67 years (from 1932 to 1999)!
Summary of India's series-wins abroad
|From 1932 to 1999||46||5||31||10||10.86|
Not only the series wins, the Test victories by India in this short period far outnumber the victories registered in first 67 years.
Summary of India's Test-wins abroad
|From 1932 to 1999||155||13||69||73||8.38|
This is after 21 years India is registering a series win in England, the other two occasions were - in 1971 and 1986.
India's series wins in England
Mohammad Azharuddin is the most successful Indian captain at home with 13 wins and just 4 losses, but his overseas record is pretty ordinary with just one win out of 27 games.
When it comes to leading the side away from the comforts of home, Sourav Ganguly towers over the rest with 11 wins out of 28 games. Ganguly also holds the distinction of winning most series for India on foreign soil, though Rahul Dravid is not very far behind.
In fact Ganguly's series tally includes the series against Pakistan in 2003-04, in which Rahul Dravid captained the side in the first two Tests winning one and losing one. Ganguly then returned in the third Test to claim the series.
Most series wins for Indian captains on foreign soil
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Most Test wins for Indian captains on foreign soil
|Nawab of Pataudi,jr||13||3||10||0||23.07|
|Bishan Singh Bedi||14||3||8||3||21.42|
Rahul Dravid has been the most prolific scorer in the matches won by India overseas, but Tendulkar has the highest average and also the most hundreds to his name.
Most successful batsmen in overseas Test wins (Min. Qualification: 500 runs)
Anil Kumble has taken most wickets in overseas victories, but Erapally Prasanna has the best average and then there is Irfan Pathan with 6-fivers and two 10-wicket match hauls!
Most successful bowlers in overseas Test wins (Min.Qualification: 25 wickets)