India has never been a piece of cake for even some of the most best batsmen in the history of cricket. Indian pitches and conditions can be an absolute nightmare for visiting teams which is why winning there is in itself an achievement.
Lets look at 3 legendary captains from the history of cricket who failed to win even a single Test match in India.
Micheal Clarke (Australia)
Australia not only won an ODI World Cup under the captaincy of Clarke, but they also whitewashed England 5-0 under his leadership in the home Ashes series in 2013-14.
Clarke, who retired from the game after the 2015 World Cup triumph, is now a commentater and pundit. He was renowned for his tactical astuteness and funky fields; however, when he captained Australia in a Test series in India in 2013, the Kangaroos lost all 4 Test matches.
Clarke, who used to be a great player of spin himself, struggled with the bat on some of the rank turners that India dished out during that series.
That series is also famous for the homework gate where four Australian cricketers were suspended mid-tour for not completing an assignment given by the coaching staff.
Micheal Clarke’s record in India: Played: 3, Lost: 3
Stephen Fleming (New Zealand)
Stephen Fleming, during his playing days, was known as one of the greatest brains in cricket. Not only did he lead New Zealand with distinction for an extensive period of time, but he also turned a cricket coach straight after his retirement and has already guided Chennai Super Kings (CSK) to a whopping three IPL titles.
Although Fleming’s performance as captain in a Test match in cricket in India was far better than that of Clarke, even he wasn’t able to emerge victorious in any of the Test matches.
Fleming captain New Zealand in a couple of Test series in India, in 1999 and 2003 respectively. It was a 3-match Test series in 1999 which ended 1-0 in the favor of India, while the other series in 2003 ended in a scoreless draw.
Stephen Fleming’s record in India: Played: 5, Drawn: 4, Lost: 1
Ricky Ponting (Australia)
There are very few careers as illustrious as Ricky Ponting’s. The Aussie legend is among the only two skipper in cricket history to have captained his team in 2 ODI World Cup triumphs.
However, Punter had a horrible record in India as Test skipper. He first captained Australia in a Test match in India in 2004. Australia had already won that series under the captaincy of Adam Gilchrist.
Ponting was not available for selection for the first three games; however, he took over the leadership role in the fourth game and interestingly, the Kangaroos lost that game.
Ponting then returned to India for a 4-match Test series in 2008 and ended up losing it 2-nil. It was the same series where two of the Indian legends Sourav Ganguly and Anil Kumble bid adieu to the game. He then led Australia in India in a 2-match Test series again in 2010 and lost it 2-nil as well.
Ricky Ponting’s record in India: Played: 7, Lost: 5, Drawn: 2