India's 5 biggest defeats in Test cricket
Australia (333 runs), Pune 2017
Left-arm spinner Steve O’Keefe, with all but four Tests under his belt, managed to unearth such demons from the Pune pitch that established players like Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane were left clueless. In all, he managed to pick up twelve wickets, bungling the hosts for 100-run totals, handing Kohli his first loss at home as Test captain.
Accompanied by Nathan Lyon, O’Keefe jagged and turned the ball around, sending the batsmen into a tizzy in both innings. Virat Kohli’s dismissal, leaving a delivery that held its line to rattle the stumps, epitomised India’s failed approach to counter spin.
Loaded with Renshaw and Starc’s knocks in the first innings, and Steve Smith’s century in the second, the Australians managed to put enough runs on board for their spinners to work on. Eventually, India fell 333 runs short.