Adelaide, Jan 27: Just 636 runs. This is what Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman combined together achieved in the whole series against the Australians in four Tests.
The "Big Three" of Indian batting, time and again, disappointed throughout the four-match series Down Under. Only Tendulkar seemed to be in some sort of form accumulating 287 runs to be the fifth top run-getter of the series. But that was well below his high standards set during an illustrious 22-year career.
Dravid closed with 194 runs while Laxman managed only 155.
Australian captain Michael Clarke alone plundered 626 runs in six innings with a triple ton and a double hundred. He heads the run charts with former skipper Ricky Ponting in second with 544 of six innings with a century and double ton.
Each of the three Indian batsman, has played eight innings apiece. So a total of 636 runs for 24 innings. A very dismal average of 26.50. And just four half centuries between them.
In recent memory, this could be ranked as the poorest tally for the three. Even when India lost 0-4 in England last year, Dravid had stood out with fine batting performances.
You can never imagine a collective failure of all these superstars and that too without a single century to show. This has been the main cause for India's debacle.
India arrived in Australia in December, 2011, with full of hope. They were favourites to clinch the series, which would have been their first in 64 years on Australian soil. But they return empty-handed in their 10th visit since the first one in 1947-48.
Tendulkar, Dravid and Laxman were expected to do well again against an inexperienced hosts' bowling attack. But by the time the last day of the Test leg is completed in Adelaide on Saturday, India will be whitewashed by Australia and the batting kings have been made to look ordinary.
Tendulkar (188 Tests), Dravid (164) and Laxman (134) together have an experience of 486 Tests.
No other team in the world can boast of such a record. Besides the number of Tests under their belt, the amount of runs scored by them is frightening to look for any sort of bowler, be it young or a seasoned one. These three have, over the years, been a nightmare for bowlers.
Between the trio they have over 37,000 Test runs. This feat is also unmatched when you look at other cricketers among the rest of the nine Test playing nations.
So, with a mountain of runs standing tall, what really went wrong with these batsmen. Was it really good Australian bowling attack or was it the age factor which caused their downfall. It is tough to find an answer.
With the humiliation in Australia set to be over on Saturday, one has to wait and watch whether we will see the "Big Three" together again. If not, India's golden generation of batting might have come to an end. They also have to live with the tag of never having won a Test series in Australia. But they have been the legends of the game and will be remembered for that they have achieved.