Three of our own Indian players on top 10 batsmen list!
The new rankings for test batsmen were published by the ICC on Tuesday. New Zealand captain Kane Williamson slipped one spot to eighth, while Indian team vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane jumped one spot to reach the top 10. Three positions in the top 10 list are held by our Indian batsmen. Cheteshwar Pujara on Place 7 and Captain Virat Kohli on Place 2 are the other two teams.
Let’s see a small glimpse about Australia vs India:
In an upcoming four-match Test series, beginning on December 17, both sides will face each other. Since 1947, Australia and India have been playing test cricket against each other and on Thursday they will revive their rivalry in Adelaide. Since they started contesting the Border-Gavaskar Trophy in the 1996-97 season, named after the first two batsmen to cross 10,000 runs, some of the most exciting battles have arisen. Starting on December 17, the first Test match will be a day-night affair for both sides. We take a peek at the five most unforgettable tests between the two teams here:
Shane Warne conquers Sachin Tendulkar
There were also epic fights between Sachin Tendulkar and spin king Shane Warne. But Warne drew first blood in 1998 at Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai, by getting the batting master trapped for four in the slips, then he ran through the middle order to reduce India in their first innings to 257. Australia made 328 in reply, assisted by Ian Healy’s 90.
This set the tone for round two of Warne v Tendulkar, and it was the batsman on a dry, spin-friendly wicket who came out on top. He created one of his most spectacular innings, tearing Warne and fellow spinner Gavin Robertson apart in a beautiful unbeaten 155 out of 191 balls that altered the match’s direction.
India announced and set Australia 348 to win, and on the last day with Tendulkar, not surprisingly, named man of the match, they were bundled out for just 168.
Epic Stand of VVS Laxman
In 2001, the second test at Eden Gardens, Kolkata, was all about one of the best comebacks in India and is considered to be one of the most thrilling matches of all time. After Australia posted a wide 445 total, with Matthew Hayden making 97 and Steve Waugh 110, their Glenn McGrath-led bowling attack skittled the home side for 1711.
With India in real danger of going 2-0 down in the series, the follow-on was enforced before VVS Laxman (281) and Rahul Dravid (180) knuckled down for the fifth wicket in a memorable and gritty 376-run stand as India made 657 for 7 before announcing.
Australia had a winning goal of 384, but six Harbhajan Singh wickets pushed India to an unlikely 171-run win.
The 2008 Sydney encounter, perhaps the most controversial and spiteful test between the two nations, was called the “Monkeygate” affair, marred by umpiring errors and accusations of racism.
The men of Ricky Ponting won 122 rounds for a record-breaking 16th consecutive test win with only seven balls remaining in a hyperventilating finish after part-time spinner Michael Clarke took three wickets in five deliveries.
But it is infamously remembered that during the third day’s play, Harbhajan Singh was charged with racial abuse and banned for three tests for allegedly calling Andrew Symonds, who has West Indian ancestry, a monkey.
The row saw India threaten to withdraw from the tour and the ban was lifted on appeal and the charge was downgraded to abusive language, leaving tense relations between the teams.
Bangalore, spinners rule
In the fiery test in Bangalore in 2017, Australia took a 1-0 lead and when Nathan Lyon took 8-50 to bamboozle the Indian batsmen for 189, it looked like the tourists would go up 2-0.
But Ravi Jadeja picked up 6-63 in a bad-tempered few days to ensure that the tourists led by just 87. For Josh Hazlewood, a stylish 92 from Cheteshwar Pujara coupled with six wickets then saw India all out for 274 to set Australia 188 to win.
With Ravi Ashwin becoming the fourth bowler in the match to claim six wickets, they crumbled for 112 — the first time this had occurred in Test history.
But Virat Kohli overshadowed the landmark by accusing Australia of consulting their dressing room about field DRS decisions. Asked if Australia had cheated, Kohli, fired-up, said, “I didn’t say that, you did.”
The long drought in Adelaide is ending
With Steve Smith and David Warner have forbidden for ball-tampering when they bowled out the home side for 291 to clinch the first game of their four-match series in 2018-19, India capitalized to end a decade-long wait for a Test win in Australia.
In a fourth innings run chase at the Adelaide Oval, the hosts were set to win 323, a score never before successfully achieved, with Australia falling a nail-biting 31 runs short despite a battling 60 from Shaun Marsh.
India put itself in a position to win 123 in the first innings and 71 in the second during a match on the basis of Cheteshwar Pujara’s 123 during a match where wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant equaled the world record of most catches taken in a Test at 11.
In Australia, the last Test India won was at the WACA Ground in Perth in 2008, and it helped set them up for their first-ever Down Under series victory.