Tour of Australia
1991-92Captain: Mohammad Azharuddin
India's 31st Test tour
Test-playing tour ofAustralia by India
(November 1991 -
Despite this being a four-month
4-0 defeat in the Test matches highlighted the tourists' ha inadequate
preparation for the series. On the insistence of their own Board, India
were allowed only one first-class match before the opening Test. Forcing the
players to squeeze in a short series against the South Africans beforehand
was the problem.
The Indians also lost 2-0 in
the finals of the World Series Cup.
At the end of the tour the
Indians remained in Australia
for the 1992 World Cup, in which they were knocked out before the semi-final
stage. Wilting under pressure when batting, the bowlers rarely hadmuch to
bowl at. Poor fielding and lack of fitness also came in for criticism but criss-crossing
for 4½ months hardly helped. They
were made to remain in Australia
instead of taking a two-week break from cricket at home, and rather than
spend that time on the Australian beaches or playing golf they were made to
play pointless ‘warm-up’ matches. Azharuddin described it as his longest and
It was the first Test series
played under the ICC Code of Conduct and overseen by a match referee.
Azharuddin, coach Abbas Ali Baig and manager Ranbhir Singh were also present
at the meeting, which lasted 150 minutes.
Tour Party Announced:Sunday 3 November 1991.
Srikkanth and Vengsarkar
were not among the 22 probables.
Not selected:Vinod Kambli (in order to include another
bowler), W V Raman,Anil Kumble.
Withdrawal:Navjot Singh Sidhu had to pull out of the
tour, owing to injury at Gwalior in one of the
matches against South
In place of Sidhu, an
opening batsman, the team management requested Hirwani (a leg-spinner), and
this was approved by BCCI President Madhavrao Scindia without consulting the
World Cup squad announced:
Time between selection and departure from India
(3 - 15 November)
The departure date could not be fixed until the hurriedly-arranged
South African visit was confirmed. Having just played an ODI against South Africa on 14 November, the team left New Delhi early the
next morning, 15 November. They were bid farewell at the airport by the
Australian High Commissioner David Evans and Mr C Nagaraj, the BCCI secretary.
They flew by way of Singapore,
arriving in Perth
early on 16 November 1991.
Time spent in Australia
(16 November - 16 March)
Ranbhir Singh (manager),Abbas Ali Baig (coach),Mohammad
Azharuddin (captain),Ravi Shastri (vice-captain)
N S Sidhi
Sidhu was flown in when Shastri had a knee injury
that prevented him from playing in the last two Tests. He remained with the
World Cup side but played in only one of the warm-up matches
Jadeja and Kambli were added to the team as part of
the World Cup squad of fourteen.
Tendulkar was outstanding, scoring two Test centuries: 148* at Sydney and 114
•The highest scorer for
India was Ravi Shastri
(206 at Sydney)
•Kapil Dev had his most
successful series with the ball outside India taking 25 wickets.
•Kapil Dev also reached
the 400 Test wicket landmark previously achieved only by Sir Richard Hadlee.
•Kris Srikkanth took
five catches in the innings at Perth.
Other first-class matches
ϯ Minor matches
§ One-day internationals
ϯ World Cup warm-up matches
§ World Cup one-day internationals
All matches including World Cup
The last day of the final Test was 5 February 1992. Vengsarkar,
the only one of the party of 17 not to play a match in the World Series Cup, as
well as Ganguly, Pandit, Hirwani and Sidhu had to return home while their 14
team mates remained to take part in the World Cup. On his return Vengsarkar
announced his retirement from first-class cricket.
On 15 March in Adelaide India failed
to reach the semi-finals and dropped out ofthe World Cup. Members of the team flew back from Sydney on 16 March.
Azharuddin disembarked at Madras.Manjrekar, Shastri, More, Tendulkar,
Banerjee, Amre, Kambli and Ali Irani arrived quietly at Sahar Airport,
Bombay, to a lukewarm welcome on Thursday morning 19 March. Abbas Ali Baig arrived
home next day.