Manjrekar rates India's overseas triumphs in Tests, Says Win in Australia Isn't their Greatest
India won the recently concluded Test series against Australia 2-1 securing their maiden Test triumph Down Under. After failing in their last 11 attempts, India led by Virat Kohli finally achieved the unthinkable. Despite their complete and powerful display, Sanjay Manjrekar reckons that win in Australia was not the greatest overseas triumph in whites. He said this was the weakest Australian team in years and defeating them was not the best of achievements of the visiting team.
"We have to understand that this Australian batting lineup is the weakest. And before the series began, India had a good chance of winning. But because India weren't winning in South Africa and England despite having a good team there was that question mark. So, No.4. Although the quality of the Indian bowling attack was good. But India had a weakness too - going into the series their batting had a problem. And the series would have been a lot closer had Pujara, after India were 40 for 4 on Day 1 (at Adelaide) not got that hundred," said the former cricketer in conversation with ESPNCricinfo.
Sanjay Manjrekar rates India's biggest overseas series win in Tests:
1) India in England in 1971 - 1-0 (3)
2) India in West Indies in 1970/71 - 1-0 (5)
3) India in England in 1986 - 2-0 (3)
4) India in Australia in 2018/19 - 2-1 (4)
5) India in Pakistan in 2003/04 - 2-1 (3)
He also explained the reason behind picking Ajit Wadekar-led India's historic Test series win in England as the best.
"Three-match series. India drew the first two. The opener was a close one - rain came and India had two wickets in hand and they had to get about 30 runs, they could have won that Test match or lost as well. But they competed well. Second Test match, they were a little lucky. And finally at Oval, that magic spell from Chandrasekhar. They had to get about 170 runs. The pressure must have been immense. A David-Goliath situation and so it has to be No.1."