Sania Mirza and veteran Rushmi Charavarthy registered contrasting singles victories as India blanked Kyrgyzstan 3-0 in the play-off tie to win back their place in the Asia/Oceania Group I of the Fed Cup tennis tournament in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday.
India were relegated to Group II of the zonal competition last year after losing the play-off tie to Chinese Taipei.
With talented Poojashree Venkatesha suffering a knee injury ahead of the tie, Rushmi played the first singles against Bermet Duvanaeva.
The Indian faced stiff competition from Bermet before prevailing 6-4 1-6 6-3, to give India the lead.
The second singles was a cake walk for Sania, who cruised to a 6-0 6-2 win over Ksenia Palkina and clinched the only slot for promotion for her side.
Rushmi and Sanaa Bhambri were leading 6-0 1-0 when the the rival doubles pair of Bermet and Nelli Buyuklianova conceded the inconsequential rubber.
Last year India had not won a single match and this year the order reversed.
Coach Enrico Piperno was expectedly satisfied with the team's performance but said a stern test lies ahead.