India v Australia – Pune Test: Shock result

So, Australia demolished India by 333 runs in the first test in Pune. Not many people saw that one coming. This upset has been getting a lot of attention and rightfully so.


Steve Smith battled long and hard for his 109 runs, keeping the pressure on the Indians. While Steve O’Keefe dominated with the ball taking 6/35 in both innings. This was a dominating performance by the visiting team keen to make an impression. How will the Indian team react?


Where does it rank amongst the biggest test upsets? Where does Steve Smith’s century on a shoddy pitch rate? Was Steve O’Keefe’s performance better than any other spinner for Australia in the subcontinent?


Let’s hear from the cricket tragics out there.



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  1. It was an intriguing Test match – for many reasons. I found myself barracking for the Australians. And SOK – although more for Nathan Lyon. SOK is so important, though, because he’s bowling to right-handers. The Kholi wicket must have been so satisfying.

    Nearly as good as this.

  2. Cat from the Country says

    So why couldn’t the Aussies beat New Zealand and Sri Lanka this summer?
    I am very disappointed in the Australian performance
    One win a summer does not make.

  3. Keiran Croker says

    Dear Cat from the Country, because half the team was injured, rested or on the way to India!!!!! Though I would also make the observation that our talent pool is rather limited at present and once you get passed Smith, Warner, Starc and Hazelwood the number of A Graders is small. I truely hope that I am proven wrong over time.

    It was a remarkable win given the pre-tour expecatations. I think SOK and Lyon have learnt from observing how the best spinners bowl over there in India and Sri Lanka. Having a spinner who is accurate and can take the bowl away is crucial. Sadly I did not get the chance to see any of Smith’s hundred. Though clearly it was pivotal in setting up the win.

    Comparing away wins in recent times, I’d rate it up with the win in the final Test in South Africa a few years back where Harris cleaned up the tail.

    I expect the Indians to adjust… both the pitch and their batting. … so next games will be interesting. If they adjust too much then Starc and Hazelwood will come more in to play. Our batters need to be patient. Should be interesting!

  4. Probably because it was so unexpected and in the end a annilstion it has truly captured all of us cricket nuts re the win against,South Africa re above and West Indies in 95 ( S Waugh 200) are the performances that come readily to mind ( Dizzy 201 no v Bangas comes to mind re the absurdity of it )
    The win has set up the series while I think we are still underdogs we have given ourselves a chance

  5. I think Renshaw’s contributions have been overlooked a bit here too. His first innings in particular (leaving aside his exit from the field). His runs were crucial as was his time at the crease. And whilst Handscomb didn’t get going with the bat I like the way he gets involved in the game. This time with catches. Future captain written all over him.

  6. Tell you who won that test – people listening to streaming commentary. The ABC’s pared back coverage with some voices we don’t normally hear commentating (most notably Haigh) was outstanding and told you so much more about Australia’s approach and why it worked than we normally get. Pair that with the fun over at White Line Wireless and it made an already enjoyable test all the more so. Maybe Australia’s biggest upset since Headingly in 1989.

  7. Heartily endorse the comments made by DB and Dips. The ABC streaming commentary was excellent. Heard one Indian commentator early Friday (sorry I didn’t catch his name – Mr Subramanyan speaks?) say how badly India had done with the doctored wicket. “Bad pitches suit bad spinners. Good spinners can turn the ball and get wickets on good pitches”. Spot on.
    That said it was an intelligent, resilient and competitive performance by the whole Aussie team (save for SMarsh). I listened and watched more cricket in 3 days that in the whole of the Australian summer. Batsman dominated cricket on concrete roads is boring and short term gate receipts for long term irrelevance – administrators take note. Wickets that are playable but give bowlers a chance make for thrilling cricket – green tops, turners, seamers or steepling bounce.
    I’m with Dips on Handscombe and Renshaw. Made me think they are the first of “Smith’s Boys” who look up to him as a mentor. The rest are peers that he inherited from Clarke. They obviously respect his toughness and his batting – but it is like being coached by a former team mate in footy. Never quite the same fear and distance in the relationship.
    I liked the way the Aussie batsman adapted and played shots in the second dig on a wicket that was bound to get you out if you prodded for too long. Even MMarsh accepted his limitations and got some second innings value with 31 from his stay. I was screaming at the TV for SMarsh to play some shots. DOH. Khawaja could not have done worse if he tried.
    MWade stepped up with his keeping when needed.
    More please from all involved.

  8. It will be intriguing to see the pitch for the second test. If India wa s1-0 up afalt, dead pitch full of runs would not have been a shock. 1-0 down , what will they produce.

    Like previous writers i concur the roles played by Handscomb and Renshaw particularly the latter, were invaluable. The new blood like these chaps are our future, and a performance like this augers well.


  9. charlie brown says

    Not at all of the same epic proportions but Australia’s 1973 win over Pakistan is noteworthy. Walker 6/15 in Pakistan’s 2nd dig when they were chasing only 159 to win with Massie off the ground and DK Lillee bowling unchanged (though severely limited with his bad back) from the other end. All this after (thanks cricinfo) Australia was 8/101 at one stage only 75 ahead. Enter Watkins (remember his attempts to land the ball on the SCG pitch?) 36 and Massie 42.

  10. The Indians spun the ball too much while the Australian’s spun the ball just enough.

    Australia’s batsmen played and missed more than 50 times. Indian batsmen got leading edges, snicks or got bowled by straight balls

    Australian bowlers played to pitch conditions. Indian bowlers didn’t, spinning the ball too much on a pitch that did the spinning for you.

  11. I endorse many of the comments above, and add some of my own observations:
    1 – In Hazlewood and Starc, Australia have a once in a generation opening pair.
    2 – I didn’t think Renshaw would succeed, but heeded really well – and has such youthful enthusiasm.
    3 – The pressure is now on Warner to make a big score, I reckon. He cannot keep failing overseas and expect to fly under the radar. It’s time.
    4 – The rest of the series will be intriguing.
    5 – India’s hubris was very very real – but they will bounce back.
    6 – Mitch Marsh, picked as the third seamer, bowled really well.

  12. I think Punter’s win in SA in 2008-9 with a team made from string is serially underrated

    but this was a thrashing. India were a deadset rabble. Big Time Charlies?

  13. I definitely agree about Renshaw. He copped so much rubbish about his illness. He proved his toughness by competing as well as he did and for as long as he did with his health issues. Let’s see what he can do in the next test match.

  14. Would this be the biggest upset in a test match involving Australia since the series against Sri Lanka where we went in as favourites, then lost 3-0 ?!

    If we’re looking at test upsets over the years England in the fifth test in the Caribbean in 1974. Tony Greig bowled the visitors to a narrow victory, in what was Sir Garfield Sobers final test. It levelled the series 1-1 , though the Windies should have lead 3-0 by that stage,but didn’t.

    Of course if we’re talking about upsets, or more correctly a team having defeat snatched from the jaws of victory,Englands win in the Headingley Ashes test of 1981 ranks high. Australia are the only nation to have twice lost tests after enforcing the follow on.

    Cricket,it’s a funny game.


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