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Following victories in Chennai and Hyderabad to claim an unassailable lead, India are firm favorites to beat a depleted and dishevelled Australia in the third Test at Mohali starting Thursday to wrap up the series - and make it a hat-trick of Test wins. Live Scorecard
While India have won three straight Test matches across different series several times, it is significant to note that in a 470-Test history, it has only twice managed to win three consecutive Tests in the same series: at home in 1993, when Mohammad Azharuddin's team battered a second-rate England team 3-0, and in Sri Lanka in 1994, when the islanders were not yet a force to be reckoned with in Test cricket.
While it was actually not so long ago that India were in place to win three matches in a row, such was the nature of the loss to England late last year that it seems like ages back. The last time India won three Test matches in a row was in 2012; following a facile 2-0 win over New Zealand in August they beat England at Ahmedabad in November to take a 1-0 series win. We all know what happened next.
Prior to that, India managed three consecutive wins in 2009-10; they beat Sri Lanka by an innings in Mumbai in December 2009 - the victory which confirmed them as No. 1 - and then went to Bangladesh and won 2-0 in January 2010. So while three straight matches may not appear a big deal - Australia won 16 successive Test matches twice in the last 13 years - it is for India.
In December, England consigned India to their first set of consecutive home Test defeats since 1999-2000. Wrapping up the series at Mohali, albeit against a very poor Australian team, would be balm for a transitioning side that has copped a lot of flak over recent months.