Can India Ever Win 3 Test vs Oz in Same Series!!

Dhoni is eyeing another feather in his cap full of records. India and Australia are playing 23rd test series. In their 66 years of Cricketing duel, India has never won more than 2 tests during a series, despite winning 6 test series, all in India. With 2 tests already in pockets and two remaining Dhoni’s Indian team is close to creating the unique record.

Australia in India 2013 Test Series: Schedule and Results
India Vs Australia Overall Series Results

Only 7 series have seen all the tests providing results.

    1967/68 Aus swept the series 4-0 at home.
    1977/78 Australia won 3-2 in the 5-test series at home.
    1996/97 India won the only test at home.
    1997/98 India won 2-1 in the 3-test series at home
    1999/00 Australia won 3-0 in the 3-test series at home.
    2000/01 India won 2-1 in the 3-test series at home
    2010/11 India won 2-0 in the 2-test series at home
    2011/12 Australia swept the series 4-0 at home.

The current unsettled Australian team and 2 consecutive wins may let Indians smell a sweep. But 2 of the Australian sweeps against India has come when they had the weakest teams. Mohali ground is also seam-friendly and may give some life to Australian hopes. On the other hand although India may also eye their only test sweep in a series of more than 3 tests, still first the big question is can they create their unique record of winning 3 tests in the same series against Australia!!

The first time India won 2 tests against Australia in a series was in the lost cause. They lost 2-3 in the 5 test series of 1977-78 in Australia. After that India has won 6 test series but could not break the 2-test winning record.

History of Previous 2 Test wins by India

    1979-80 Series: India won 2-0 in 6 test series at home.
    1997-98 Border Gavaskar Trophy 2-1 in 3 tests.
    2008/09 Border Gavaskar Trophy 2-0 in 4 tests
    2010-11 Border Gavaskar Trophy 2-0 in 2 tests
    1977-78 in Australia 2-3 for India in 5 test seriexs

1979-80 Series of 6 tests: Ind won 3rd and 6th test

    1st Test Drawn: ChennaiAus: 390, 212/7, Ind: 425
    2nd Test Drawn: Bangalore Aus: 333, 77/3, India 457/5d
    3rd Test Won by 153 runs at Kanpur Ind: 271 & 311, Aus: 304 & 125
    4th Test Drawn at Delhi Ind: 510/7d, Aus 298, 413 (F/o)
    5th Test Drawn at Kolkata Aus: 442, 151/6d, Ind 347, 200/4
    6th Test won by an innings and 100 runs at Kanpur Ind: 458/8d, Aus: 160, 198 (f/o)

1997-98 Border Gavaskar Trophy 2-1 in 3 Tests

    1st Test Won by 179 runs at Chennai: Ind 257, 418/4d, Aus: 328, 168
    2nd Test won by an innings and 219 runs at Kolkata: Aus: 23, 181, Ind: 633/5d
    3rd Test lost by 8 wickets at Bangalore: Ind: 424, 169, Aus” 400, 195/2

2000/01 Border Gavaskar Trophy 2-1 in 3 tests

    1st Test lost by 10 wickets at Mumbai: Ind: 176, 219, Aus: 349, 47/0
    2nd Test won by 171 runs at Kolkata: Aus: 445, 212, Ind: 171, 657/7d (f/o)
    3rd Test won by 2 wickets at Chennai: Aus: 391, 264, Ind: 501, 155/8

2008/09 Border Gavaskar Trophy 2-0 in 4 tests

    1st Test Drawn at Bangalore, Aus: 430 & 228/6d, Ind: 360 & 177/4
    2nd Test won by 320 runs at Mohali, Ind: 469 & 314/3d, Aus: 268 & 195
    3rd Test Drawn at Delhi, Ind: 613/7d & 208/5d, Aus: 577 & 31/0
    4th Test won by 172 runs at Nagpur, Ind: 441 & 295, Aus: 355 & 209

2010-11 Border Gavaskar Trophy 2-0 in 2 tests

    1st test won by 1 wicket at Mohali, Aus: 428 & 192, Ind: 405 & 216/9
    2nd Test won by 7 wickets at Bangalore, Aus: 478 & 223, Ind: 495 & 207/3

1977-78 in Australia 2-3 for India in 5 test series

    1st test lost by 16 runs at Brisbane, Aus: 166 & 327, Ind: 153 & 324
    2nd Test lost by 2 wickets, Ind: 402 & 330/9d, Aus: 394 & 342/8
    3rd Test won by 222 runs, Ind: 256 & 342, Aus: 213 & 164
    4th Test won by an innings & 2 runs, Aus: 131 & 263, Ind: 396/8d
    5th Test lost by 47 runs, Aus: 505 & 256, Ind: 269 & 445
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