Australian cricket team in India in 1984–85

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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. It was the only time Kim Hughes captained Australia to a series victory overseas.

Australian squad[edit]

Australia had just lost a test series against the West Indies 3-0. The tour was relatively last minute with the Indian Cricket Board not requesting a team until June 1984.[1]

The original squad was selected by a brand-new selection panel, Lawrie Sawle, Greg Chappell and Rick McCosker. It was as follows:

Australia's selectors would be Hughes, Border and Rodney Hogg.[2]

Surprise omissions from the tour were David Hookes and Greg Matthews. They were also excluded from a 16-person list of cricketers to be offered playing contracts by the ACB.[3]


Sunil Gavaskar was reinstated as captain of India following a series of defeats under Kapil Dev.

  1. 1st ODI Australia vs India at New Delhi - Sept 28, 1984 - Australia scored 9-220 (Kepler Wessels 107, Hughes 72, Madan Lal 2-27). India were dismissed for 172 (Kapil Dev 39, Carl Rackemann 4-41 Hogan 3-44). Australia won by 48 runs.[4]
  2. 2nd ODI Australia vs India at Thiruvananthapuram - 1 October 1984 - India were all out for 175 (Vengsarkar 77, Hogan 4-33, Rackemann 3-7). Australia were 1-29 when the game was rained out. No result[5]
  3. 3rd ODI Australia vs India at Jamshedpur - 3 October 1984 - No result. (This game could not start as scheduled because officials had mislaid players' gear.)[6]
  4. 4th ODI Australia vs India at Ahmedabad - 5 October 1984 - Australia won by 7 wickets (with 13 balls remaining)[7]
  5. 5th ODI Australia vs India at Indore - 6 October 1984 - Australia won by 6 wickets[8]
  6. Tour game Australia vs Bombay at Bombay - 8 October 1984 - Australia won by 6 wickets[9]

Kepler Wessels was the highest run scorer and was named man of the series. Ravi Shastri was the second-highest run scorer.[10] Carl Rackemann was the highest wicket taker.[11] Wayne Phillips impressed with his performance behind the stumps.[12]

The Australians won prizemoney of 25,000 rupees, most of which they donated to a home for crippled children in Ahmedabad.[13]

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."[14]

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.[15]

South African Rebel Tours[edit]

On the way back from the tour, several Australian players met up with representatives of the South African Cricket Board in Singapore. This led to the South African rebel tours.[13]


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