If one combines all ODI bilateral series and tournaments, then it will come as no surprise to anyone that we have won a whopping 38 times on home soil. We didn’t lose even once from 1990-95 and we are in a similar streak now winning 10 of the last 11.
Leaving India, Sri Lanka is our favourite country and we have 8 such victories. In fact we have won 5 of the last 6.We have 6 tournament wins in Sharjah.We have won four times in the West Indies (including the last 3 on the trot) and twice in Australia
We have won two ODI series in Pakistan and have beaten them twice in Canada too. We have won just one ODI series in New Zealand however.
The only winless country is South Africa where we have never won an ODI (and even Test) series. But we did beat them in a neutral country (Ireland) and there’s also the 2007 T20 World Cup.
While winning in Bangladesh is no great shakes we won an Asia Cup and a triangular tournament.
Since 2011 we seem to be doing pathetically in England, but the fact remains that overall it is our greatest ODI hunting ground outside the sub-continent.
The current 2014 bilateral series victory is the sixth in England and here’s looking at all of them…
1983:From 1974-83, India won exactly zero ODI series abroad and won exactly zero World Cup matches against a Test playing nation. So it is amazing that out of the blue we won the World Cup in 1983.
It’s still the greatest David versus Goliath story in cricket. We were in a tough league with World Champions West Indies and Australia. To complicate matters further, Zimbabwe beat Australia and almost beat India.
We beat England in the semis and the Windies in the final, stopping them from winning a third straight title.
1986:This series was tied 1-1, but India lifted the Texaco Trophy by virtue of a better scoring rate. In the first match we got our opponents 162 all down and won by 9 wickets. Even though we lost the second match, that
comprehensive win was enough for us to win the trophy.
We won the Test series comfortably 2-0, so it was probably our best overall tour of England.
1990: There was no need to rely on a better scoring rate in the very next Texaco Trophy that India played as we won 2-0.Sanjay Manjrekar gave one of his rare ODI successes top scoring the series with an average of 70.5.
From the bowling point of view, our opening pair of Kapil Dev and Manoj Prabhakar delivered the goods.
2001: The NatWest triangular featuring India, England and Sri Lanka had everything in terms of drama. The final with England featureda 300+ chase. All our batting stalwarts left the chase at 146-5 and newcomers Mohammed Kaif and Yuvraj Singh formed a partnership to take it to 267.
In the end man of the match Kaif ensured that we won a nail-biting match with just two wickets and three balls to spare. And then Indian captain Sourav Ganguly took of his jersey and waved it to bare his hairy chest in the hallowed ground of Lord’s.
2013: This was the first ICC Champions Trophy that we won outright and we laid the ghosts of 2011 (where we didn’t win a single international match across the three formats)by winning 5/5 matches with ease.
We began with a commanding 331/7 and ended it with a nail-biter of a final where England required a 6 to lift the trophy, but they failed to do it.
2014: This is the first time that India has won back to back ODI series/tournaments in back to back years in England. After the 1-3 drubbing in the Test series, fans were wondering whether it would follow the 2011 tour where we didn’t win a series in any of the formats.
We have taken an unbeatable 3-0 lead in the ODI series and have a chance to make it 4-0. It’s been a crushing series victory. While the first match got washed out we won the second by 133 runs and the third by 6 wickets.
In the fourth Test we humiliated England in winning by 9 wickets with close to 20 overs to spare. Shikhar Dhawan is back to form and Ajinkya Rahane’s century means that along with Rohit Sharma, we have three opening options for the upcoming World Cup in Australia.
We meet England again in the triangular with Australia in Australia just before the World Cup.
The author is a Bengaluru-based journalist and blogger.
He blogs at http://sunilrajguru.com/