Wednesday, July 30, 2014

India squanders leads abroad more often than not

Since Ganguly as captain, India have taken the lead in test series in Australia, SA, NZ and England 6 times and squandered it immediately in the following test match 4 times:

India in Zimbabwe Test Series, 2001
    http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/series/60707.html
India in West Indies Test Series, 2002
    http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/series/60726.html
Border-Gavaskar Trophy, 2003/04
    http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/series/60755.html
India in South Africa Test Series, 2006/07
    http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/series/249042.html

2 times they have survived draws:

Pataudi Trophy, 2007
    http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/series/258452.html
    - Real exception
    - India draws 3rd test after going 1-0 up in second test
India in New Zealand Test Series, 2008/09
    http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/series/366620.html
    India follow on but survive a draw in 2nd test after winning first test

2 other times they have won in these 4 countries, they have done so after coming from behind:

India in England Test Series, 2002
    http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/series/60731.html
    India win 3rd test to level series and then secure a honorable draw in the final test.
Border-Gavaskar Trophy, 2007/08
    http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/series/291348.html
    India get Consolation win 3rd test after losing series 2-0.
India in South Africa Test Series, 2010/11
    http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/series/463137.html
    India win 2nd test to level series and hold on to good draw after 3rd.


Analysis excludes the current series.

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