Australia & New Zealand 1967-68
Captain: Nawab of Pataudi
India’s eleventh official Test tour
tour of Australia, first
tour of New Zealand
It was not until February 1968 that India
won its first Test match and series away from home shores. Young captain Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi
marshalled his resources well on the tour of New
Zealand, which affirmed that India's spin wizards, Prasanna
and Bedi had mastered their skills. India
went on to beat New
Zealand 3-1 in the four Test series on
pitches which were to their spinners’ liking.
They had earlier lost to Australia
4-0, a ‘whitewash’ as in 1959 and 1962. Returning to Australia for the first time in twenty years,
the Indians were unfortunate to engage Australia when its batsmen were
playing so consistently well but defeat should be ascribed, too, to the
tourists’ shortcomings. The sole
function of the opening bowling attack soon became to remove the gloss from
the ball so it could gripped by the spinners. Of these, Prasanna had an
excellent tour but he was let down by the other bowlers and poor
fielding. Too many catches were
missed. India was also
hampered by the hamstring injury to Pataudi who nevertheless played at Melbourne where he
scored 75 and 85.
Jaisimha played the most unexpected
innings of the series, a century at Brisbane,
that took India
within 39 runs of its target to win. He had had no match practice after just
landing in Australia
as a replacement for Chandrasekhar.
The leg-spinner Chandra did not play again on tour after injuring his
ankle in the second Test match in Australia
and went home (although his two months stay in a hospital in Bangalore
was due to a road accident in India).
On the way back from Auckland the team played a match in Singapore.
Next New Zealand
of the Test tour party (16 + 1)
Opening batsmen: Dilip Sardesai, Abid Ali [also Engineer]
Middle-order batsmen: Nawab of Pataudi, Ajit
Wadekar, Chandu Borde, Venkata Subramanya, Ramesh Saxena
Engineer, Prince Indrajitsinhji
Spinners: Bishan Bedi, Bhagwat Chandrasekhar, Bapu
Nadkarni, Erapalli Prasanna
Desai, Umesh Kulkarni, Rusi Surti [plus Abid
S Abid Ali
RHB opener RFM
C G Borde
B S Chandrasekhar
R B Desai
F M Engineer
RHB opener WK
R G Nadkarni
Nawab of Pataudi
E A S
R C Saxena
R F Surti
A L Wadekar
C: Central (0), E: East (1), N: North (1), S: South (5), W: West
Bn - Bengal (1)
B - Bombay (6)
Gj – Gujarat
H - Hyderabad (2)
Mh – Maharashtra
My - Mysore
N Pj North Punjab
Sa – Saurashtra (1)
Bedi, Kulkarni and Saxena did not play in the Ranji Trophy in
1967-68 season. Prince (KS) Indrajirsinhji and Kulkarni did not play in the
Duleep Zonal Trophy.
Average age of team at time of first Test match
(23 December 1967) :
yrs 0 months
Appearances made before the tour
Borde 46, Nadkarni 34, Jaisimha 29, Desai 26, Pataudi 24, Sardesai 18, Engineer 15, Surti 15, Chandrasekhar 14, Prasanna 6, Bedi 5, Subramanya 5, Wadekar 5, Indrajit 3, Saxena 1, Abid Ali 0, Kulkarni 0.
M Dutta Ray (chairman), Col H R Adhikari, Ghulam Ahmed, M K Mantri, with the Nawab of Pataudi co-opted.
team was chosen from a list of 35 possibles who were at a Madras training camp.
of Pataudi (at first - later persuaded to lead the side) ; S.Guha (right knee
injury); Hanumant Singh (thigh injury - this was probably a cover story after
he was not selected).
Tour Party Announced : 8 November 1967.
Not selected : Budi Kunderan, Hanumant Singh, Saleem Durani
Tour stand-bys : M L Jaisimha (Hd), S.Venkataraghaven (Ms), Ambar Roy (Bn), S K Dharsey (Rly).
Time between selection and departure from India 9
(8 November - 17
Madras Q Perth
After the Khadakavasla camp preceding the tour, the
team assembled in Madras on 16 November and
flew out the next day, arriving in Perth
on 18 November.
At the end of the Australian tour the team flew from Sydney to Auckland
on 4 February 1968.
Time spent in Australia
(18 November - 4 February)
Nawab of Pataudi (captain),
Chandu Borde (vice-captain),
Ghulam Ahmed (manager).
Jaisimha was summoned as
cover for Pataudi (torn hamstring). He flew from Hyderabad, catching
numerous connecting flights and arriving in Brisbane just before the Test match.
On 30 December, just before
the end of the Australian tour, the tour committee decided to send
Chandrasekhar home (torn ligaments on left foot). There was some talk of
replacing him with Venkataraghaven but not in the end. Chandrasekhar reached Madras
on 3 February and the next day arrived home in Bangalore.
Ramakant Desai’s jaw was
fractured by a ball from Motz at Dunedin, and
did not play again in New
for the New Zealand
tour were announced by the New Zealand Cricket Council on 12 October 1966. India was the only Test-playing country not to
have visited New Zealand
Western Australia Country
Lost inns 20 r
Lost inns 67 r
† Mount Gamier
South Australia Country
Won 96 r
Won 2 w
AUSTRALIA First Test
LOST 146 r
AUSTRALIA Second Test
LOST inns 4 r
New South Wales
AUSTRALIA Third Test
LOST 39 r
AUSTRALIA Fourth Test
LOST 144 r
Southern New South Wales
Won 5 w
Northern New South Wales
Won 2 w
NZCC President's XI
Won inns 32 r
NEW ZEALAND First Test
WON 5 w
NEW ZEALAND Second Test
LOST 6 w
NEW ZEALAND Third Test
WON 8 w
NEW ZEALAND Fourth Test
WON 272 r
† The Padang
† not first-class
Time spent in Australia
before First Test:
(18 November - 23 December)
appearances on tour
(v Australia & New Zealand 1967-68)
8 - Abid Ali, Borde, Engineer, Prasanna, Surti, Wadekar.
7 - Nadkarni, Pataudi.
6 - Bedi, Jaisimha.
4 - Kulkarni, Subramanya.
2 - Chandrasekhar, Desai, Sardesai.
0 - Indrajitsinhji, Saxena.
• Abid Ali took 6-55 in
his first bowl in Test cricket at Adelaide
and later played two innings of 78 and 81 opening the batting in the Sydney
• The Nawab of Pataudi
‘s scores v Australia
were 75, 85, 74, 48, 51 and 6, giving an average of 56.5
• Jaisimha scored 74 and 101 after being put
into the Test XI shortly after arriving in Brisbane
• Prasanna took 6 for 94
to spin New Zealand to
defeat at Dunedin, India’s first Test match win
• Prasanna took 24
wickets in the NZ series (average 18.9) and 49 wickets in only 8 Tests on
• Ajit Wadekar (143)
scored his only Test hundred at Wellington
• Rusi Surti scored 99
in what turned out to be his last Test innings
Other first-class matches
ϯ Minor matches
* plus Singapore match result not yet
Auckland Q Singapore Q Bombay
The team left New
Zealand on 13 March, flying from Auckland
to Sydney, where Surti disembarked (he
arranged to play for Queensland
the next season).
The team flew on to Singapore for a one-day match,
which was spoiled by rain.
Pataudi had flown in advance to Bombay,
arriving on 14 March, to spend some time with his sister on a brief holiday
from the United States.
The team left Singapore
on 16 March, arriving back in Bombay
in the early hours next morning. They were met at Santa
Cruz Airport, Bombay, by Pataudi.
Engineer who had signed to play county cricket for
Lancashire, flew direct to England.
Time away from India
(17 November to 17 March)
of the tour