Australian cricket team in India in 1984–85
The Australian cricket team toured India in the 1984-85 season to play a five-match one day international series against India. The series was to help celebrate the Golden Jubilee of the Ranji Trophy.
Australia won the series 3-0 with two matches abandoned for rain. It was Australia's first ever victory in a one-day series on the subcontinent, and especially notable considering India had just won the 1983 Cricket World Cup. Sunil Gavaskar was reinstated as captain of India following a series of defeats under Kapil Dev.
Australia had just lost a test series against the West Indies 3-0.
The original squad selected were as follows:
- Batsmen - Kim Hughes (batsman), Allan Border (vice captain), Kepler Wessels, Graeme Wood, Steve Smith, Graham Yallop, Greg Ritchie
- Fastbowlers - Geoff Lawson, Carl Rackemann, John Maguire, Rodney Hogg
- Spinners - Tom Hogan, Murray Bennett
- Wicketkeepers - Wayne B. Phillips
- Manager - Bob Merriman
Australia's selectors would be Hughes, Border and Rodney Hogg.
- 1st ODI Australia vs India at New Delhi - Sept 28, 1984 - Australia won by 48 runs. Kepler Wessels scored 107 in Australia's innings.
- 2nd ODI Australia vs India at Thiruvananthapuram - Oct 1, 1984 - No result
- 3rd ODI Australia vs India at Jamshedpur - Oct 3, 1984 - No result. (This game could not start as scheduled because officials had mislaid players' gear.)
- 4th ODI Australia vs India at Ahmedabad - Oct 5, 1984 - Australia won by 7 wickets (with 13 balls remaining)
- 5th ODI Australia vs India at Indore - Oct 6, 1984 - Australia won by 6 wickets
- Tour game Australia vs Bombay at Bombay - October 8, 1984 - Australia won by 6 wickets
Kepler Wessels was the highest run scorer and was named man of the series. Ravi Shastri was the second-highest run scorer. Carl Rackemann was the highest wicket taker. Wayne Phillips impressed with his performance behind the stumps.
The Australians won prizemoney of 25,000 rupees, most of which they donated to a home for crippled children in Ahmedabad.
Mike Coward, who covered the tour, wrote that the series victory "was a triumph for [Kim] Hughes who meticulously planned each of the matches and ensured that this young team played the limited-over game at a more sophisticated level."
The tour finished with a gala dinner involving over 400 guests at which Hughes was presented with a replica of the Ranji Trophy. Rodney Hogg returned early due to bronchitis.
South African Rebel Tours
- Mike Coward, 'Little rest for the tourists', Sydney Morning Herald, 28 September 1984 accessed 22 July 2012
- 1st ODI Match report at Wisden
- 2nd ODI Match report at Wisden
- 3rd ODI match report at Wisden
- 4th ODI at Wisden
- 5th ODI match report at Wisden
- Australia in India ODI Series, 1984/85 Most Runs at Cricinfo
- Australia in India ODI Series, 1984/85 Most wickets at Cricinfo
- Mike Coward, 'The Irony of the Keen and Efficient Casual', Sydney Morning Herald, October 4, 1984 p 29 accessed July 3, 2012
- Australian cricket team in India in 1984-85 at Wisden
- Mike Coward, "Aussie Power in India", Sydney Morning Herald, 7 October 1984 accessed 22 July 2012
- Mike Coward, 'Hughes Tourists Privy to Priceless Piece of History', Sydney Morning Herald 10 October 1984 accessed 22 July 2012
- Australian cricket team in India in 1984-85 at Cricinfo
- Australian cricket team in India in 1984-85 at Cricket Archive