Arriving at the Ferozeshah Kotla grounds for the third Test, Australia were one up and skipper Bill Lawry spoke of wrapping up the match quickly and going fishing.
Well, the match did end in a little over 3-1/2 days, but not the way he would have liked.
Batting first, Australia scored 296 with Ian Chappell making a sparkling 138.
India could only score 223 in reply with Ashok Mankad top scoring with 97. Ashley Mallett took six wickets on a pitch was starting to break.
The Indian spin twins Bishen Bedi and Erapalli Prasanna turned the match on its head by taking five wickets each and dismissing Australia in double quick time for 107 in their second inning.
Both had a match haul of nine wickets but the question remained – could India get 181 for victory on a turning track?
They lost openers Mankad and Farokh Engineer early, but nightwatchman Bedi defended gallantly before being out for 20. At 61 for three, it was anyone's match, but Ajit Wadekar and Gundappa Viswanath, playing only his second Test countered the Australian bowling and the spinning surface with aplomb and figured in an unbroken fourth wicket stand of 120 runs to steer India to a notable - and rare - triumph.
In Image: Indian spin bowlers Bhagwat Chandrasekhar (L), Bishen Singh Bedi (2nd from L), Erapalli Prasanna (third from left) and Srinivas Venkatraghavan (R) pose in Calcutta 30 May 2003.