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1967 Cricket Diary

Amid the hustle-bustle of India’s ongoing home ODI and T20 series against New Zealand, people seem to have forgotten that this cricket season is also the 50th anniversary of India’s first ever overseas Test series win.

1967 Cricket Diary
1967 Cricket Diary
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2017-10-28T11:17:34+05:30

Amid the hustle-bustle of India’s ongoing home ODI and T20 series against New Zealand, people seem to have forgotten that this cricket season is also the 50th anniversary of India’s first ever overseas Test series win. And, interestingly, that historic triumph came on India’s first ever Test series played in the Kiwiland, during 1967-68 tour. Imagine, that win came after Australia had drubbed the same Indian team 4-0 in the four-match series just a few days before we crossed the Tasman Sea.

I remember with joy the victory in New Zealand. But I was ever so raw and almost dead to figures; it was only my second overseas trip, after the 1967 tour of England. I think we were innocent when it came to numbers in New Zealand, maybe the print media was not as alert as it is today, reminding readers of every known or unknown records that need to reminded! Honestly, it never occurred to any of us touring then that ours was indeed the first ever Test series win abroad. As I said, we must have been daft not to be aware of such a great achievement. We were good tourists though, having fun on and off the field!

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