With their maiden Test series win in Australia, India now have a wins in every Test nation barring South Africa.
With their maiden Test series win in Australia, India now have a wins in every Test nation barring South Africa.

With their maiden Test series win in Australia, India now have a wins in every Test nation barring South Africa.

It took India 71 long years to conquer Down Under for the first time, India s first-ever overseas series win had come in 1967/68 season when Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi, better known as Tiger Pataudi, led Indian team beat New Zealand in New Zealand 3-1.

Three years later, India claimed maiden series victories in West Indies with the Ajit Wadekar‘s side getting the better of the Caribbean side 1-0 in 1970/71 – the series known famously for then then unheralded debutant Sunil Gavaskar s stunning tally of 774 runs in the series.

History was created months after when Wadekar one again led India to a monumental 1-0 series win over England.

Against neighbours Sri Lanka, it took India a fairly long time to register a series win under Mohammad Azharuddin in 1993 (1-0).

Bangladesh, the new entrants in 2000/01 season, ran into a strong India team led by Sourav Ganguly and even though this was a one-off series, India ticked another away win, albeit in the subcontinent.

One of the most gratifying and probably the most sought after series win for India came in 2003/04, on the back of Virender Sehwag s record-setting triple ton in Multan under the leadership of Ganguly and Rahul Dravid beating arch-rivals Pakistan 2-1.

Ganguly was once again at the helm of affairs in 2005 when India got the better of Zimbabwe 2-0 in 2005.

And adding to this list is Australia – with Virat Kohli-led team claiming their first series win, 2-1, Down Under this season.

Now, the final frontier of South Africa remains.

Full List of India s first ever series win

Team

Scoreline

Captain

Season

New Zealand

3-1

MAK Pataudi

1967/68

West Indies

1-0

Ajit Wadekar

1970/71

England

1-0

Ajit Wadekar

1971

Sri Lanka

1-0

Mohammad Azharuddin

1993

Bangladesh

1-0

Sourav Ganguly

2000/01

Pakistan

2-1

Sourav Ganguly/Rahul Dravid

2003/04

Zimbabwe

2-0

Sourav Ganguly

2005

Australia

2-1

Virat Kohli

2018/19