India achieved the incredible yesterday by beating Australia 3-0 for the first time in their 65-year-old rivalry. Sure, the end was exciting and the Australians never gave up the fight throughout the final day at Mohali, but it was not enough to stop the Indian juggernaut.
The Australians will take no pleasure in learning that history does not favour them when it comes to the fourth and final Test, that kicks off at Delhi’s Feroz Shah Kotla this Friday.
It’s a happy hunting ground for the Indians, who have been unbeaten there for the last 20 years. Four-nil is indeed a big possibility considering that the pitch will be kind to spinners.
Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni however stayed away from making any tall claims. “It’s important to win all Tests,” was all he said regarding a whitewash after the Mohali win It can be recalled that the Australians didn’t hold back while talking about a whitewash before the fourth Test at Adelaide began in January 2012.
David Warner was then quoted as saying to the media: “As Michael Clarke said the other day after the game (in Perth), celebrate your win but at the end of the day, we want to try and beat the second team in the world four-nil.”
In six Tests at the Kotla, Australia have lost twice and won the 1959-60 game where Richie Benaud’s team beat GS Ramchand’s Indians by an innings and 127 runs.
India’s last Test win over Australia was in 1996 when Sachin Tendulkar, leading the country for the first time in Test cricket, conquered the opposition with a day to spare. Delhi provides India with an opportunity of clinching a memorable whitewash.