From Oval 1971 to Johannesburg 2018: Indian cricket’s greatest wins away from home

Away wins, especially outside the subcontinent have not come easy for Indian sides. From battling for pride a few decades ago, the current Indian sides travel with their eyes set only a win. But teams don’t become great travelling sides overnight. There are a number of factors that determine this.

Using one’s strengths well, for example. How many teams have banked on their spinners to win a series in England. Ajit Wadekar’s side did just that in 1971. Chasing down a 400+ target in West Indies required immense amount of patience, guts and knowing when to go after the bowling.

Recently, Virat Kohli’s sides have banked heavily on their pacers to set up wins. In early 2019, he became the first Indian captain to win a series in Australia but neither of the two wins his team registered make it to this list. There were creditable victories elsewhere too. After being thumped by a big margin in the first Test, MS Dhoni’s side got the better of a mighty South African side in 2010. There was Erapalli Prasanna outwitting the Kiwis in 1967/68 while Sourav Ganguly’s side’s achievements away from home between 2002-’04 will always remain an important chapter in how India’s…

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