Why Indian cricketers aren’t poor travellers and ace foreign tours

plane-841441_960_720England is yet to win a major multi-nation ODI tournament outside England. South Africa and New Zealand have not won a World Cup anywhere. Forget a Test series—Sri Lanka has never even won a single Test in India. Pakistan won their first Test series in West Indies quite late in 2017 as against India way back in 1971.

The truth is that when you combine all three formats of the game, then only Australia and India are the best travellers. These two teams have won maximum multi-nation tournaments in maximum countries. It’s a myth that Indians are poor travellers in international cricket overall.

We have won in…

united-kingdom-1043062_1280England.
1 ODI World Cup—1983.
1 ICC Champions Trophy—2013.
3 Test series—1971, 1986, 2007.
1 ODI Tri-series—2002.
4 ODI series—1986, 1990, 2014, 2022.
2 T20 series—2018, 2022.
Total = 12.

sydney-3680862_960_720Australia.
1 Mini World Cup—Benson & Hedges World Series 1985.
2 Test series—2019, 2021.
1 ODI Tri-series—2008.
1 ODI series—2019.
2 T20 series—2016*, 2020.
Total = 7.
India retained the Border-Gavaskar Trophy in Aus by tying the Test series in 2004.
*Australia’s only whitewash in any format on home soil ever since 1877.

South Africa.
1 T20 World Cup—2007.
2 ODI series—2018, 2023.
1 T20 series—2018.
Total = 4.

Lanka-2099225_1280Sri Lanka.
1 ICC Champions Trophy—2002.
2 Asia Cups—2010, 2023.
3 Test series—1993, 2015, 2017.
3 ODI Tri-series—1998, 2009, 2018.
5 ODI series—2008, 2009, 2012, 2017, 2021.
Total = 14.

West Indies.
1 T20 World Cup, 2023. (Joint hosts US)
6 Test series—1971, 2006, 2011, 2016, 2019, 2023.
1 ODI Tri-series—2013.
7 ODI series—2002, 2009, 2011, 2017, 2019, 2022, 2023.
2 T20 series—2019, 2022.
Total = 17.

pakistan-641446_960_720Pakistan.
1 Test series—2004.
2 ODI series—2004, 2006.
Total = 3.

New Zealand.
2 Test series—1968, 2009.
2 ODI series—2009, 2019.
2 T20 series—2020, 2022.
Total = 6.

dubai-1113262_960_720UAE.
7 multi-nation tournaments—1984, 1985, 1988, 1995, 1998, 1998, 2018.

Bangladesh.
2 Asia Cups—1988, 2016.
5 Test series—2000, 2004, 2007, 2010, 2022.
1 ODI Tri-series—1998.
3 ODI series—2004, 2007, 2014.
Total = 11.

China.
1 Asian Games Gold Medal, 2023.

Canada.
2 ODI series—1997 (Pak), 1999 (WI).

clover-445255_960_720Ireland.
1 ODI series—2007 (SA).
3 T20 series—2018, 2022, 2023. (Ire).
Total = 4.

Zimbabwe.
1 Test series—2005
5 ODI series—1998, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2022.
2 T20 series—2010, 2016.
Total = 8.

Grand Total = 96, that includes 6 World Cups/mini WCs, second only to Australia.

India has won at least one 5-nation plus tournament in Australia, South Africa, England, West Indies-USA, Sri Lanka, UAE, Bangladesh and India.

(This blog was first published on October 1, 2018. This is an updated version of the same)

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