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How does India's 4-0 triumph compare with historic 2001 series win over Australia?

India Today logo India Today 23-12-2016

The 2-1 home series win over a rampaging Australia in 2000-01 was a watershed moment in India's cricket history. Suddenly there was a change in the mindset as the young Indian side led by Sourav Ganguly started believing that they too can win in hostile overseas conditions.

Coming out from the shadows of the match-fixing saga, the Indian team under the charge of a young captain didn't stand a chance against a formidable Australian side, who were unbeaten for 16 Tests. Being tagged as the 'invincibles' of that era, India remained as their final frontier to be conquered. But little did they know that their juggernaut will come crashing down.

After that series win, the best phase for Indian cricket started as the team's overseas performances started to get better. Team India were no more the bad travellers. After that famous series win, India's first overseas assignment was in Australia (2003-04) where they managed to draw the four-Test series 1-1.

Then what followed was a historic series wins for India in Pakistan, West Indies, England and New Zealand - although under different captains. India after registering a 4-0 victory over England in the recently concluded series, look all set for the challenges in tough overseas conditions. Virat Kohli and his young team has already crossed one hurdle by winning in West Indies. But the real test will start when they travel to England, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.

Kohli is now more experienced in terms of leading a side, but do the players have the gumption to fight it out when the chips are down? Like what VVS Laxman and Rahul Dravid did then in Kolkata and repeated with many other match-winning knocks at home and abroad consistently.

The team under Kohli's leadership is well placed with a better bench-strength and more importantly a lethal bowling attack. If they keep playing at the same level and the hunger for victories remains, this generation has the potential to end on a high and be remembered as the 'golden era' of Indian cricket.

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