India will go into the second Test against Australia starting on Saturday knowing they have to overcome some serious odds if they are to turn the tables on the visitors after the 333-run drubbing in the first Test in Pune.
If Virat Kohli’s men come out all guns blazing, and reel in the current series, it will be only the third time an India team has rallied to win at home after losing the first match.
It will be heart-warming for India, after the three-day hammering led by left-arm spinner Steve O’Keefe’s 12-wicket haul, that one of the previous two fight backs involved perhaps the strongest Australia side in the last three decades.
Steve Waugh’s world No 1 side, better than the rest by a distance, brushed aside the hosts by 10 wickets in three days in the first Test at Mumbai’s Wankhede stadium. However, Sourav Ganguly’s side eventually won that 2001 series 2-1.
However, Virat Kohli and team will know India’s Test record at the Chinnaswamy Stadium is nothing to crow about in big matches. Australia has an impressive record at the venue.
Of the 21 Tests India have played at the venue, their win-loss record is six-all, with the remaining nine matches drawn. But the losses included some high-profile encounters.