There is a delicious irony that India, the financial powerhouses of the world game and therefore bully boys no matter whose backyard they turn up to 'negotiate' in, are awful when it comes to actually playing the sport away from home.
Despite all the money they have trousered they seem incapable of producing batsmen or bowlers who can consistently cope in anything but Asian sub-continent conditions. Whether that be Test or ODI.
It means that when Australia and India meet in a five-match ODIs series, which starts in the early hours of Tuesday in Perth, it is not the hotly-anticipated contest that it should be.
Australia are as slight as 1.3130/100. India are 3.412/5, which is a terrible price considering their record Down Under. India have won only ten matches in their entire ODI history against Australia in 43 attempts. Since 2000 they have played 21 and been beaten 17 times.
This is only slightly worse - could it get any grimmer? - than their recent away record. Of their last six series against top seven opposition they have lost four - twice to South Africa, once to England and once to New Zealand. They were even upset by Bangladesh last year.
That loss suggested that the World Cup victory and freak Champions Trophy success in England of all places could be successes which must sate for some years.
A 3-2 reverse at home to South Africa was a betting shock but they looked a one-dimensional outfit. Likewise in the T20s in that series.
India are often labelled a one-trick pony, regardless of playing at home or away. They can bat. Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma are class performers and their records outside India over the last two years stand up to scrutiny.
Indeed, even in Australia that trio shine. They average 43, 58 and 42 respectively. And yet they are still getting beat regularly.
The obvious answer is to blame the bowlers. But wait. Their bowlers, though, also have good individual records in Australia. Umesh Yadav, who has a reputation as a wild man, has taken 21 wickets at 30 apiece with an economy rate of 5.58. Ishant Sharma, another who is thought of as unreliable, has nine wickets in six games at 19 each and a superb economy rate of 4.55
The key to India reversing the formbook is Mohammad Shami. If he is fit - he has just recovered from a nasty knee injury which left him bed-ridden - then he can once again prove that he is one of the finest bowlers in ODI. With new ball or old - particularly at the death, where India have been found wanting in his absence - he is a threat.
With Ravi Ashwin and Ravi Jadeja providing quality spin options, it is tempting to believe India can cause a surprise. Chiefly because it could be the home side who are actually short of fast-bowling resources, a charge has often been laid at India.
Remember there is no Mitchell Johnson or Mitchell Starc for Australia, who have been far and away their most potent bowlers in the last two years. Starc took a wicket every 24 balls in that period - a phenomenal record.
In their absence, Josh Hazlewood, a steady Eddie, will lead the attack bowling wicket-to-wicket. If Australia want to unsettle India's batsmen with yorkers and balls buzzing their ears, the cupboard seems a little bare.
James Faulkner's star has waned of late and he has managed only one wicket in the Big Bash. For such a specialist limited-overs player that is a major surprise. Joel Paris, an untried left-armer, and Kane Richardson, another steady Eddie, are the other options.
Of course Australia bat well and deep. Aaron Finch, David Warner, Steve Smith, George Bailey, Glenn Maxwell and Shaun Marsh is a terrific line-up. They will tuck in. But India could, too.
The result could be high-scoring contests where scoreboard pressure dictates the winner - much like India's series against South Africa.
Unfortunately that doesn't mean India are value - they could suffer at the WACA first up where they will find conditions most alien - and the ultimate factor has to be their record away from home.
That doesn't mean the series won't be tight. But there could be some plays on the correct score market. Australia are 3.55/2 for a 3-2 victory, which looks a smarter call than 4-1 at 3.412/5. India are 5.59/2 to win 3-2.