The Australians had not lost in Perth since February 1997; they had not, for that matter, lost a home Test anywhere since December 2003, and no team from the sub-continent had ever triumphed at the WACA. Moreover, Ricky Ponting's side had strung together 16 successive Test wins, equalling the mark set by Steve Waugh's men in 2001.
Despite such spellbinding numbers tilting the scales in favour of the host, Anil Kumble, in 2008, led India to a famous 72-run win in Perth, bringing Australia's winning run to a halt.
Reminiscing the landmark win, India's leading wicket-taker in Tests later said, "I think the Perth win (2008) probably changed the way Indian cricket looked at playing overseas at that point. Anything was possible. For a foreign team, especially from the subcontinent, to beat Australia in Perth was never heard of. To me that victory will remain very special."Photo: AFP