They have done this before. Let us find out when & where ?
In their 84-year Test history, India have managed to come back and win a series after losing the first Test, on three occasions.
India vs England – 1972
The first of those instances happened in 1972 in a home Test series against England. The visitors toppled India in the opening Test at Delhi, with Geoff Arnold doing the damage with the ball in both the innings. Then the batsmen stepped up to the task on a wicket assisting the spinners, to pull off a six-wicket win in a low scoring game.
But in the second Test at Kolkata, India fought back to win by 28 runs in yet another low-scoring contest. Bishen Singh Bedi’s eight-wicket haul.was highlight
Then in the third Test at Chennai, it was yet again the spinners who did the bulk of the damage as the likes of Bedi and BS Chandrashekhar were once again in their element. Despite a late stutter from the Indians, they won the game by four wickets to make it 2-1 in their favour.
The final two Tests in Kanpur and Mumbai ended in draws and that meant India had completed the first come-from-behind Test series win in their history.
India vs Australia – 2001
The second such instance came in 2001, against Australia on home turf.
Steve Waugh’s Australian side were on a 15-match unbeaten streak and had come to India to conquer the series. Australians defeated the hosts comprehensively in the first Test in Mumbai.
They were now unstoppable in the second Test at Kolkata, VVSLaxman and Rahul Dravid decided to raise their game at the very last minute, and the rest is history.
Joining hands at 232 for 4, they put on a mammoth stand of 376 runs, that included batting out an entire day. Then, led by Harbhajan Singh, the Indians dismissed the Australians for 212 on the final day to win the Test by 171 runs and level the series 1-1.
In the third Test at Chennai, courtesy Matthew Hayden’s 203, Australia posted a competitive 391 in the first innings. But India produced yet another excellent batting performance to post 501 . Sachin Tendulkar scored century. Harbhajan once again did the damage in the second innings, He took 8 for 84 to leave India with 155 runs to chase for the win. Indians work for every run and eventually it was the off-spinner who got the team home, skirting a ball away to point to complete a sensational turnaround and win the series 2-1.
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India had aggression in Virat Kohli when they faced Sri Lanka for a three-match Test series. They seemed in pole position to go 1-0 up in the series in the first Test at Galle, before Dinesh Chandimal played one of the best counter-attacking innings in recent times to bring the hosts back into the game. Then, chasing 176 runs on a pitch spinning big, India folded to the turn of Rangana Herath, who took figures of 7 for 48 in 21 overs to seal the win for his side.
In the second Test, led by a hundred from KL Rahul, India put up a competitive score of 393 runs. The bowlers held up their end of the bargain to bowl the hosts out for 306 and take a lead of 87 runs.
Then AjinkyaRahane, batting at Number 3, scored a century. The Indian bowlers put up a sterling performance in the final innings to help their side win by 278 runs to level the series 1-1.
In the third Test, led by a steely knock of 145* from Cheteshwar Pujara, India posted a competitive total of 312 runs on the board. Ishant Sharma then turned it on with the ball in hand, picking up a five-wicket haul to help dismiss the hosts for 201.
After suffering a poor start in the second innings, India recovered very well thanks to some fine lower-order contributions to post 274 runs and give the Lankans a target of 386 runs to win the series.
Despite a fine hundred by Angelo Matthews, the Indian bowlers stuck to their task admirably, keeping things tight to make it tough for the batsmen. India eventually won the game by 117 runs to win the match and the series 2-1. It was their first series win in Lanka after a gap of 22 years.
Best of Luck Virat…u can do it
My Probable team for third Test will be-Pant, Rahul, Kohli, Pujara, Rahane, Vijay, Hardik, Bhuvi, Jasprit, Ashwin, Chahal
England never played leg spin properly & one leg spinner should have been there in 2nd test team.