If Mahendra Singh Dhoni and his men continue their losing streak in the fourth Test against Australia at Adelaide, it would prove to be the worst phase in the annals of Indian cricket.
Since Dhoni led his team to England last summer, India have lost seven out of seven Tests in two series abroad.
It's already the second worst phase in the history of Indian cricket. And it would prove to be the worst if they lose in the fourth and final Test against Australia, beginning January 24.
Twice in their history of 79 years and 461 Tests, India have lost seven Tests in succession in two series -- once in 1967 when Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi's men lost in England and Australia by 3-0 and 4-0 margins. Only eight years before, India had lost eight Tests in two series of five matches each against the West Indies and Australia in 1958-59.
Tiger Pataudi's men in 1967 would though claim to have done better than then the modern-day Indian team.
Even though they drew blank in both England and Australia, they lost only two matches by an innings margin.
Dhoni's men have already suffered four innings defeat in the last five Tests. Trailing by 386 runs in the Headingley Test, India replied with 510 in the second innings. Unlike Dhoni, Pataudi responded to the occasion with a sterling knock of 148.
There is another reason why the men of '67 could look down on Dhoni's team. While only Rahul Dravid has been a centurion in the past two series abroad, Pataudi and M L Jaisimha (101 at Brisbane) ensured they had more than one century-maker in their ranks.
Presently, Dhoni's men are a shade better than the team of '59, but only by a wafer-thin margin.