When the 41-year-old former captain came out of retirement to lead Australia against India
India's third tour of Australia was not seen to suffer from competition by the newly-established World Series Cricket
India fought a great rearguard action, but it would not have been necessary had their batsmen not shaped so poorly on a good pitch in the first innings
At Perth, December 16, 17, 18, 20, 21
India recorded their first win in twelve Tests on Australian soil
Australia conceded the initiative early in the match, batting disastrously when dismissed for 131 and then dropping catches during those periods of India's innings when the pitch was encouraging their pace bowlers.
With India putting on a record losing total in the second innings of 445, the deciding Test ended on a highly exciting note - a finale becoming an evenly fought series.