Sports Rediscovered takes a look at the performance of the Indian Davis Cup team in the light of their comeback win against New Zealand last week.
In recent times the Indian Davis Cup team performance has been average as they have been struggling to reach the World Group in the premier tournament. However, India has a decent record in the tournament and the current generation seems adept at taking the glory forward.
Here are the key records of the Indian Davis Cup team:
India’s Best performance
The Indian team did play the finals on three occasions in 1966, 1974 and 1987. In 1974, India were favourites to win, but the team refused to participate (due to the African nation’s apartheid policies) and thus, South Africa were awarded the Davis Cup.
India’s Unbeatable pair
India’s top doubles team of Mahesh Bhupathi and Leander Paes have lost only twice in their entire history at the Davis Cup. Whenever the pair entered the court representing the Indian team, it was a sure shot win for the team and the pair holds the record for maximum consecutive wins at the tournament with 23 wins on the trot.
India’s most Successful players
When it comes to Tennis at the senior level, India has mainly managed Grand Slam victories in doubles and mixed doubles with Leander Paes leading the show.
In Davis Cup the performance of Leander Paes is even more amazing and he leads with a total of 88 wins so far. However, India has had its fair share of success in the singles too with former Indian Tennis star Ramanathan Krishnan holding the record of “most singles” win with a total of 50. Ramanathan was also key to India’s success in the 1966 Davis Cup.
India has had a considerable history in the game of tennis and in fact India’s participation in the initial years was also one of its finest as the squad reached the Semi-Finals in 1921. So here’s hoping India qualifies for the Davis Cup World Group.