Border–Gavaskar Trophy

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Border–Gavaskar Trophy
Administrator Cricket Australia and BCCI
Format Test
First tournament 1996
Last tournament 2012–13
Next tournament 2014–15
Tournament format series
Number of teams 2
Current trophy holder  India
Most successful  India (6 titles)[1]
Most runs India Sachin Tendulkar (2,380)
Most wickets India Anil Kumble (111)
Australian cricket team in India in 2012–13

The Border–Gavaskar Trophy is a Test cricket series, played between India and Australia. It has witnessed some of the most competitive Test series played in recent years, with results usually either being a narrow win for one of the sides or a closely fought draw. It is currently played via the International Cricket Council's future tours program, with varying lengths of time between matches. If the series is drawn, then the country holding the trophy retains it. The series is named after Australia's Allan Border and India's Sunil Gavaskar, who both scored over 10,000 Test runs in their career and captained their respective teams and were the original world record holders for most runs scored in Test match cricket.

The first Border–Gavaskar Trophy series was played in India the 1996–1997 season and was won by the hosts 1–0. Australia won the trophy for the first time in the 1999–2000 season at home where they mauled India 3-0. Since then, the trophy has alternated between both the teams. Australia's failure to win the Border–Gavaskar Trophy in India led to Steve Waugh dubbing the Indian tour as the "Final Frontier" for the Australian team. In 2004–2005, Australia defeated India 2–1 in India. Australia's usual captain, Ricky Ponting, did not play in the winning matches due to injury and Adam Gilchrist instead captained the winning sides. In the 2007–2008 season, the Border Gavaskar trophy was played in Australia, with Australia retaining the trophy by winning the first two Tests in Melbourne and Sydney against India winning one as part of the four Test series. In the 2008–2009 edition, India defeated Australia 2–0 in a four match series in India to regain the trophy. In 2010 India retained the trophy by winning the two match series 2–0. Australia won the 2011–2012 series 4-0, and regained the trophy for the first time since 2007–2008. India returned the favour in the 2012-2013 series by completing a 4–0 "whitewash" of Australia to regain the trophy.

Background[edit]

Before the Border–Gavaskar Trophy, India and Australia had played each other 50 times in Tests in a 49 year period from 1947 to 1996. Australia was the first country India toured soon after its Independence. However during the period, the tours between both the countries were not fixed like The Ashes, with both countries often touring each other after more than 10–15 years. Out of these 50 Tests Australia had won 24 times, India had won 8 times, 1 Test was tied and the remaining 17 Tests were drawn.[2] The following were all regular, not Border-Gavaskar Tests between the two countries 

Media coverage[edit]

Matches played in Australia: Nine Network and ABC Radio in Australia. ESPN STAR Sports, All India Radio in India.
Matches played in India:ESPN STAR Sports in India, DD National in India, All India Radio in India. Fox Sports and ABC Radio in Australia.

Results[edit]

Year Played in Result Player of the series
1996–1997 India India won the one-off Test 1-0 Nayan Mongia
1997–1998 India India won the 3-match series 2-1 Sachin Tendulkar
1999–2000 Australia Australia won the 3-match series 3-0 Sachin Tendulkar
2000–2001 India India won the 3-match series 2-1 Harbhajan Singh / Matthew Hayden
2003–2004 Australia 4-match series drawn 1-1 [Retained By India] Rahul Dravid
2004–2005 India Australia won the 4-match series 2-1 Damien Martyn
2007–2008 Australia Australia won the 4-match series 2-1 Brett Lee
2008–2009 India India won the 4-match series 2-0 Ishant Sharma
2010–2011 India India won the 2-match series 2-0 Sachin Tendulkar
2011–2012 Australia Australia won the 4-match series 4–0 Michael Clarke
2012–2013 India India won the 4-match series 4-0 Ravichandran Ashwin

Series Summary[edit]

Cricketing contests between the two nations have always been of high intensity. The importance of the series is also fueled by Australia's desire to beat India in India in a Test match series, which, until their victory in the 2004–05 series, they had not done so since 1969–70. India has developed a reputation of being particularly difficult to beat at home, having lost only two test series since 1986–87. The competitiveness of the series played between the two sides is also reflected in the fact that in both 2000–01 and 2007–08, it was India who ended Australia's runs of 16 consecutive test wins. Matches in India are commonly described with labels like final frontier or iconic event. The test series held in India in 2000-01 was labelled the final frontier by Steven Waugh and it lived up to its reputation. Applauded by many as the greatest test series of modern times only rivalled by the 2005 Ashes series, it had the closest result in decades with India overpowering the mighty Australians in the final session of the final test at Chennai. The series also gave the cricketing world three champion cricketers in Hayden Harbhajan & Laxman who were relatively unknown or under-performing till then. They were the cornerstones of the series and the duals between Laxman & Australian bowlers on the one hand; and Harbhajan & Hayden on the other are often termed the most engrossing player rivalries in a test series of cricket. The series was played in the backdrop of the death of legendary Sir Donald Bradman who was quoted as saying that he was very much looking forward to the series and had high expectations of both the teams.

The competitiveness of series played under the trophy is illustrated by the approximately equal number of Test wins each side has achieved.

Australian Test wins (as of 24 March 2013) Indian Test wins (as of 24 March 2013) Draws
14 16 6

1996–97 one-off Test[edit]

The 1996–97 one-off Test was the first to be played under the Border–Gavaskar Trophy. This was also Sachin Tendulkar's first series as captain. The series consisted of just one match, played at the Feroz Shah Kotla Ground in Delhi.

10 to 14 October 1996
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v
182 (73 overs)
Michael Slater 44 (96)
Anil Kumble 4/63 (24 overs)
361 (131.4 overs)
Nayan Mongia 152 (366)
Paul Reiffel 3/35 (17 overs)
234 (108.3 overs)
Steve Waugh 67* (221)
Anil Kumble 5/67 (41 overs)
58/3 (13.2 overs)
Mohammed Azharuddin 21* (12)
Paul Reiffel 2/24 (6 overs)
India won by 7 wickets
Feroz Shah Kotla Ground, Delhi
Umpires: S. Venkataraghavan
Peter Willey
Player of the match: Nayan Mongia
  • Australia won the toss and decided to bat

The match, played from 10 October to 14 October 1996, lasted just over four days, as India defeated Australia by seven wickets. Australia won the toss and elected to bat. But the Indian spinners, led by Anil Kumble, bowled them out for 182. top scored with 44 runs. In reply India scored 361, riding on Nayan Mongia's career best 152. In Australia's second innings, Steve Waugh scored 67 to get his team to 234. This left India with 56 to get in the fourth innings, which they did for the loss of three wickets.

1997–98 series[edit]

Sachin Tendulkar, top-scorer in the series.

The Australian cricket team toured India in February–March 1998.[3]

The tour started on a sour note as Australia lost a practice match to Ranji Trophy champions Mumbai with Sachin Tendulkar scoring a fast double hundred and Mumbai's spin bowlers picking up fourteen of the eighteen Australian wickets that fell.[4]

The first test (played from 6 March to 10 March) started at the M. A. Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. India, having won the toss, elected to bat and with solid contributions from Nayan Mongia, Navjot Sidhu and Rahul Dravid, posted 257. Shane Warne and Gavin Robertson took four wickets each. In reply Australia were struggling at 6-137, but fighting fifties from Ian Healy (90) and Robertson (57) took Australia to 328 and a first innings lead.

In the second innings, fifties from Sidhu and Dravid took India to 2-115, but the highlight of the innings was Sachin Tendulkar who scored 155 of only 191 deliveries, including a particularly savage assault on Shane Warne. He and Mohammed Azharuddin (64) took India to 418 in just 107 overs. The Aussies, faced with a target of 348 runs to win, crumbled as the spin trio of Kumble, Raju and Chauhan took nine wickets. India won by 179 runs.[5]

The second test was played from 18 March to 22 March at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. Australia won the toss, elected to bat and were soon struggling at 4-29. But Ricky Ponting and Steve Waugh scored fifties, and some late order contributions carried Australia to 233. The Indian innings that followed ensured that they would not lose the game, as all the top six batsmen crossed fifty. Azharuddin played a captain's knock, staying unbeaten on 163 as India posted an enormous 633-5 declared. Facing a task of scoring 400 runs to make India bat again, Australia lost wickets at regular intervals and managed to score just 181 runs. Anil Kumble took five wickets in the second innings, but Javagal Srinath was the man of the match for his six wicket haul.[6]

The third test was played at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore, from 25 March to 29 March. India won the toss and elected to bat first. Tendulkar scored 177 to notch up his second hundred of the series as India scored 424 in their first innings. Australia posted a score of 400 through Slater (91) and Mark Waugh (153*), while Kumble took six wickets for India. Starting with a lead of 24, India never really settled into a partnership, as wickets fell at regular intervals, and finally collapsed at the end with 5 wickets falling for just 25 runs. Scoring just 169, India set Australia a fourth innings target of 194 runs to get. This was achieved with relative ease, as captain Mark Taylor scored an unbeaten 102 and in company of first innings hero Mark Waugh, guided the Aussies home. Michael Kasprowicz was man of the match for his five wickets in the second innings. Sachin Tendulkar was adjudged the man of the series for scoring 446 runs in 3 matches, while Anil Kumble picked up 23 wickets.


At the end of the tour, Shane Warne famously said that he would be having nightmares of Tendulkar hitting him for sixes and that only Bradman was in his class.[7]

1999–2000 series[edit]

This series was the third edition of the Border–Gavaskar Trophy, played in Australia from November 1999 to February 2000. Sachin Tendulkar was the captain of India, while Steve Waugh led the Australian team. India lost the first practice match against Queensland by 10 wickets, while winning the second match against New South Wales by 93 runs.

The first Test match was played at the Adelaide Oval from 10 December to 14 December. Australia won the toss (cricket) and elected to bat first. Australia were reduced to 4-52 in the first session before Steve Waugh and Ricky Ponting scored hundreds to take them near 300. Shane Warne scored 86 low down the order to take Australia to 441. India started their second innings on the second day, but lost both openers quickly and were reduced to 2-9. Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman did well to steady the innings, but both were dismissed before they could go on to big scores. Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly were both unbeaten on 12 as India ended the second day at 4-123. On the third day, Tendulkar and Ganguly went on to score fifties, but the lower order failed to put up serious resistance, and India were bowled out for 285.

Australia declared on 239 for the loss of eight wickets in the second innings, riding on the backs of Greg Blewett's 88 and Adam Gilchrist's quick 43. India needed 396 to win in the last innings and never looked to make match of it, as they collapsed for 110 in just 39 overs. Australia won by 285 runs and Steve Waugh was Man of the Match for his 150 in the first innings.[8]

The second test was the Boxing Day Test played at Melbourne. Australia won the toss and chose to bat. The first two wickets fell quickly and Australia were 2-28, but Michael Slater and Mark Waugh took them past 120, before Waugh fell. The rest of the Australian middle order also contributed, notably Ponting and Gilchrist, and Australia reached 405. The Indian openers failed to see off even the first ten overs and India were 2-11. The rest of the batting followed suit, only Sachin Tendulkar standing amongst the ruins as India were dismissed for 238. Sachin Tendulkar scored 116.

Australia started the second innings with a lead of 167, and went for quick runs. Gilchrist, promoted up the order, and Mark Waugh both scored fifties and Australia declared their innings closed at 5-208. India required 376 runs to win in the last innings and were never in the hunt, as wickets fell at regular intervals. Sachin Tendulkar was the only player to cross fifty as India was bowled out for 195. Australia won by 180 runs and Sachin Tendulkar was declared as Man of the Match.[9]

The third and last test was the New Year's test, played at Sydney. Sachin Tendulkar won the toss for India and elected to bat first. Only 60 overs were bowled on the first day, but India had collapsed to 8-121 at the end. Sachin Tendulkar(45) was the only batsman to cross forty. The Indian innings folded quickly on the second day for 150. Australia started badly, going to 1-9 and later to 2-49 before Justin Langer and Ricky Ponting, who scored 223 and 141* respectively, took them past 450. An unbeaten cameo of 45 from Gilchrist took them to 5-552, and Australia declared their innings closed.

India needed to cross 400 runs in the second innings just to make Australia bat again, which they had not scored even once in the entire series. But VVS Laxman seemed to have found the form that had eluded him the entire series. The complete range of cricket strokes was on display as Laxman flew to 167 in just 198 balls, being particularly savage on Brett Lee (taking 52 runs off 5 overs at one point) and Shane Warne. The rest of the Indian batting, however, could not stand up to the accuracy of Glen McGrath as he took five wickets to go with the fifer in the first innings. He was declared Man of the Match, as Australia won comprehensively by an innings and 141 runs.[10]

Sachin Tendulkar was Man of the Series.

2000–2001 series[edit]

Harbhajan, pictured here bowling in the nets, was the man of the series.

The 2000–01 series commenced on 27 February 2001 and concluded on 22 March 2001. The series consisted of three tests, played in Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai. India won the series 2-1.

The First Test was played in Mumbai on 27 February-1 March 2001. The game was over in only three days as Australia dominated from the beginning, putting India in to bat and then dismissing them for only 176 runs. Glenn McGrath took 3-19 and Shane Warne 4-47, Sachin Tendulkar top scoring for India with 76. Australia responded with 349 on the backs of centuries by Matthew Hayden (119) and Adam Gilchrist (122). Harbhajan Singh took 4-121. India's second innings was barely better than their first, Tendulkar again top scoring with 65 in a total of 219. Needing only 47 runs to win, Australia's openers knocked them off in 7 overs, taking Australia to a 10 wicket victory and a 1-0 lead in the series.

The Second Test at Eden Gardens in Kolkata on 11 March-15 March is regarded by many as without doubt one of the most exciting games of cricket ever played. It began with Australia electing to bat and scoring 445, captain Steve Waugh contributing 110. Harbhajan Singh took 7-123, including a hat-trick, which was the first Test hat-trick by an Indian bowler in 69 years of Indian cricketing history. India's woes continued, being dismissed for only 171, with McGrath taking 4-18 in a brilliant bowling performance. Australia enforced the follow-on, and at the end of day 3 India were 254/4, still 20 runs behind forcing Australia to bat again. For many spectators, commentators, and even players, the match and the series were as good as lost for India.

The fourth day saw the turnaround. V.V.S. Laxman and Rahul Dravid batted the entire day, never offering a chance, and ran the Australian fielders ragged as Waugh called on nine different bowlers to try to break the partnership. Laxman and Dravid added 335 runs, taking India to 589/4 and a commanding lead in the game. In the process, Laxman set a new individual high score record for India, surpassing Sunil Gavaskar's 236. Laxman was finally dismissed the next day on 281. Dravid made 180, and India declared on day 5 at 657/7, setting Australia an almost impossible target of 384 runs. Australia did not immediately crumble under the reversed pressure; at tea, they were 161/3 for their final innings, and a draw looked the most likely result. Then, the Australians lost 5 wickets for 8 in a span of 31 balls, with Harbhajan taking the first two wickets in the same over and Tendulkar taking the other three. Australia fell for 212 all out, with Harbhajan leading the bowling attack with 6-73. India had come back from the dead and recorded a stunning 171-run victory to level the series 1-1. They were only the third team in history to win a Test match after following on.

The Third Test began at Chennai on 18 March with high expectations of a hard-fought series decider. Australia won the toss for the third time and elected to bat. Hayden batted through the first day for an eventual total of 203, but the rest of Australia's team contributed little to the total of 391. Again, Harbhajan Singh was the destroyer, taking 7-133. India pushed to 501 on the back of Tendulkar's 126. Australia ended day 4 at 241/7, a precarious lead of 131 runs. Early on day 5, Harbhajan again ran through the Australian tail, taking 8-84 and his series tally to an astounding 32 wickets, leaving Australia all out for 264. India had a target of 155 to chase, and plenty of time to do it. The only question was whether Australia's bowlers could get them out first. In 42 nail-biting overs, India steadily lost wickets, sinking to 135/7, a tantalising 20 runs short of victory, but in dire danger of losing their last batsmen before they could score them. The 8th wicket fell at 151, 4 runs short of victory, and it was left to wicket-keeper Sameer Dighe and, who else, Harbhajan Singh to see out the end. Fittingly, Harbhajan cut the winning runs past point and sealed the game and an incredible comeback series victory for India. The series victory for India meant that Australia had still not won a series in India for over 30 years.

2003–04 series[edit]

The Indian cricket team toured Australia during November 2003 – February 2004. The tour included a four test series, which commenced on 4 December 2003 and concluded 6 January 2004, with test matches in Brisbane, Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney. The test series was drawn, 1-1, and hence India retained the Border–Gavaskar Trophy.[11]

Before this tour, India had a poor record in Test matches away from home having won just 18 out of 176 Tests. The previous tour to Australia in 1999–2000 had resulted in a 3-0 defeat and India had not won a Test match in Australia since 1981.

The first Test match was played at Brisbane from 4 December to 8 December. In a rain-affected match, Australia got off to a good start with Justin Langer scoring a hundred. Scores from the remaining three batsmen out of the top four (Hayden (37), Ponting (54) and Martyn (42)) took Australia to 262 for the loss of just two wickets at the end of first day's play. Only 18 overs were possible on the second day but the Indians picked up seven Australian wickets for the addition of only 61 runs. The third day was again affected by rain and only six overs were bowled, at the end of which, India were 11 for no loss. India started the fourth day well, but three quick wickets reduced them to 3-62. But Sourav Ganguly (144) and VVS Laxman (75) took India to 409 and a first innings lead of 86. When the last day started, only the first innings had been completed, and the match appeared to be heading for a draw. However, Australia scored quick runs as four of the top five batsmen scored fifties. Matthew Hayden scored 99 runs in 98 balls faced, as Australia declared on 284. India had scored 73 runs out of the target of 199, when play was stopped with the consent of both teams. Sourav Ganguly was Man of the Match.[12]

Australian batsman Ricky Ponting scored consecutive double centuries during the series.

The second match was played at the Adelaide Oval from 12 December to 16 December. Australia won the toss and elected to bat. Ricky Ponting was the highlight as he scored 242 runs, while contributions from Simon Katich and Jason Gillespie lower down the order took Australia to a first innings score of 556. Exactly 400 of these runs were scored on the first day. India started their first innings well, but four quick wickets meant that they were in trouble at 4-85. But Dravid and Laxman, the heroes of Eden Gardens in 2001, put together a partnership which took India to 388 before Laxman was dismissed for 148. Dravid went on to string together partnerships with the tail, and was the last man dismissed as India scored 523. Rahul Dravid scored 233.

The second innings started just before lunch on the fourth day, with Australia leading by 33 first innings runs. But wickets fell all too regularly and only the lower middle order put up any resistance as Ajit Agarkar picked up six wickets. Australia were bowled out for 196. India started their second innings chasing 230 runs to win. First innings hero Rahul Dravid who was dropped by adam Gilchrist scored an unbeaten 72 and, fittingly, hit the winning runs as India won by four wickets. This was the first win for India in Australia since February 1981. Rahul Dravid was Man of the Match. India led the series 1-0 [13]

The third Test match was the traditional Boxing Day Test played at Melbourne. India got off to a good start, with Virender Sehwag scoring 195, and ended the first day at 4-329. But in the first session on the second day, wickets fell quickly and India were bowled out for 366. Australia, in their first innings, put up 558 runs, with centuries from Hayden (136) and Ponting (257). This was Ponting's second double hundred in as many matches. Anil Kumble picked up six wickets.

India started the second innings 192 runs behind. Dravid (92) and Sourav Ganguly (73) were the only players to cross fifty, and India were bowled out for 286. This gave Australia a target of only 95, which they achieved for the loss of one wicket, levelling the series at 1-1. Ricky Ponting was Man of the Match for his 257.[14]

The fourth and final test was the New Year's test at Sydney, notable also for being Steve Waugh's last Test match.

India won the toss and elected to bat first. The opening stand between Sehwag (72) and Chopra (45) was worth 123 runs. The spotlight, though, was on Sachin Tendulkar, who had not had success with the bat on the tour. He responded by scoring 241 unbeaten runs and put up 353 runs for the fourth wicket with Laxman (178). A cameo from 'keeper Parthiv Patel took India to 705-7 declared, India's highest ever test score. Australia started well, with Hayden and Langer putting up a 147 run opening stand. But they were in trouble at 7-350 before Katich and Gillespie put on 117 runs for the eighth wicket to take Australia to 474, Anil Kumble taking 8-141.

India started the second innings 231 runs ahead and requiring quick runs to force a result. Sehwag (47), Dravid (91*) and Tendulkar (60*) all contributed, as India raced to 211 in 43 overs to set Australia 443 to win. Four overs at the end of the fourth day produced no wickets and Australia had to play out the last day to save the test, while India needed 10 wickets to win. The Australian batting responded well under pressure, with Langer, Ponting and Martyn scoring forties. But at 4-196, with more than one session to go, the match could have gone either way. However Steve Waugh, playing his last test, and Simon Katich put the match out of India's reach. Waugh scored 80 and Katich was unbeaten on 77 as the match was drawn despite 4 more wickets for Kumble which gave him 12 wickets for the match itself. Despite Kumble's efforts on a flat wicket, Sachin Tendulkar was Man of the Match for his unbeaten scores of 241 and 60 in the match.[15] The series score was maintained at 1-1.

Rahul Dravid was Man of the Series for 619 runs in four matches. The series was hailed as one of the best that had been played in Australia. [2]

2004-2005 series[edit]

The Australian cricket team toured India from 6 October 2004 to 5 November 2004 for a four test series. The series featured matches played at Bangalore, Chennai, Nagpur and Mumbai. Australia won the series 2-1.

This was Shane Warne and Glenn McGrath's last tour of India. They came with the desire to end Australia's 35 year drought of winning a Test Match series in India. Before this series India had performed poorly in tours of Sri Lanka and the Netherlands, and in the ICC Champions Trophy

Australia won the first Test played at Bangalore comprehensively. The Indian batting order collapsed twice and they didn't look at any point that they could have made a match out of it. Michael Clarke, playing his first ever Test match, scored 151 runs to take Australia to a commanding position. Harbhajan Singh took another 10 wicket haul (5-146 and 6-78) in the match. Anil Kumble took his 400th wicket. Clarke was awarded Man Of The Match.

Being 1-0 down in the series, India started the second Test match played between 14–18 October 2004 at Chennai on a positive note. They got rid of Australia in the first innings for a mere 235 runs. Earlier, Justin Langer (71) and Matthew Hayden (58) started the Australian innings with a bang. They contributed 136 runs for the opening wicket. When it looked as if Australia would dominate this Test as well, Anil Kumble struck consistently and produced a beautiful bowling spell in which he took 7 wickets for just 48 runs from his 17.3 overs. Australia's innings collapsed from 189-3 to 235 all out. In reply India scored 376 runs and took a commanding lead of 141 runs. Virender Sehwag scored a magnificent 155 runs, Mohammed Kaif on his comeback match scored 64 and was well supported by young Parthiv Patel (54). Shane Warne took 6 wickets for 125 runs. The top order of Australian innings again collapsed in the 2nd innings, but then Damien Martyn notched up a century (104) at the crucial time with the result being that the Australians had scored 369 runs in their second innings, setting a victory target of 229 runs for India to win. India had a good chance of winning the game, but rain on the final day prevented any chance of play, therefore, the match ended in a draw. Anil Kumble took 6 wickets for 133 runs and was awarded Man Of The Match.

The Third Test of the Series was played between 26–30 October at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Ground at Nagpur. Australia won the match and Series in four days. Australia posted 398 in their first innings, with Damien Martyn posting 114 runs with Michael Clarke making 91. In contrast, India played poorly in their first innings and none of their top order batsmen got going. The only batsman to make above 50 was Mohammed Kaif (55). Sachin Tendulkar, who returned from injury, made just 8 runs. India made 185 runs, 14 runs short of the follow-on. Australia rejected the follow-on and began their second innings, setting a target in excess of 500. But once again the Indians were bundled out for 200. None of the frontline batsman made a big score. Sehwag and Patel provided some hope but fell to the Australia's metronomic bowling. Australia won the third Test by 342 runs. Martyn was awarded Man of the Match. With this win, Australia won this Test series after 35 years of trying for success in India, a feat which has been termed the final frontier by Steve Waugh.

The fourth and final Test match was played between 3–7 November 2004 at the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai. Having already lost the series, India made changes in the team. Patel, Akash Chopra, Ajit Agarkar and Yuvraj Singh were all dropped from the lineup. The first day of play was almost completely washed out by rain, with only 11 overs being bowled. India won the toss and elected to bat. The innings started on a bad note, losing 2 wickets on the first day itself. On the second day India was bowled out for their second-lowest score ever of 104 runs, with Rahul Dravid scoring the highest score in the innings of 31 runs. Jason Gillespie (4-29) was the main wicket taker for Australia. Australia's first innings also didn't last long, as they were bowled out on the same day for a score of 203 runs, with Martyn (55) top scoring. Murali Kartik (4-44) and Kumble (5-90) were the main wicket takers. 18 wickets fell in all on the second day of play. India made 205 runs in their second innings, with significant scores from V.V.S. Laxman (69) and Tendulkar (55). Michael Clarke (6-9) removed the tail order within 23 runs. Chasing 107 runs for victory, Australia lost wickets consistently throughout their second innings and were bowled out for 93 runs, giving India a victory by 13 runs. Harbhajan Singh (5-29) and Murali Kartik (3-32) took most of the wickets. Murali Kartik was named Man of the Match. This Test is one of the shortest Test matches ever played, lasting for only 2 complete days. The pitch prepared for the match had later come in for a lot of criticism by Ricky Ponting.

Damien Martyn was named Man of the Series.

2007–08 series[edit]

The Indian cricket team toured Australia during December 2007 to March 2008. The tour included a four-test series, which commenced on 26 December 2007 and concluded 28 January 2008, with test matches in Melbourne, Sydney, Perth and Adelaide. Australia won the series 2–1.

Australia won the first Test in Melbourne by 337 runs within four days. Australia scored 343 runs in the first innings riding on Matthew Hayden's 124. In reply, India folded for 196 with Clark and Lee taking 4 wickets each. India was set a target of 499 runs which they never challenged.

Australia won the second Test by 122 runs in Sydney on the 5th day with only nine minutes to spare – Michael Clarke took 3 wickets in what would probably have been the second last over.

India fought back with a win in the third Test in Perth by 72 runs. Two changes were made to the Indian team for this game, dropping the out of form Yuvraj Singh, and Harbhajan Singh, and recalling Virender Sehwag and Irfan Pathan. Australia had also made two changes to their team. Chris Rogers was brought in to replace the injured Matthew Hayden to become the 399th Test player for Australia. Shaun Tait was brought in for tactical reasons to replace Brad Hogg as Australia went with a four-pronged pace attack.

India won the toss and elected to bat and the changes were to have an immediate impact. Jaffer and Sehwag contributed for the first opening partnership above fifty of the tour. Dravid, now relieved of his opening duties, found some semblance of form and was dismissed just short of a century on 93 as the highest scorer of the innings as India reached 330.

Pathan's recall to the team was immediately successful, dismissing both Australian openers. Australia's top order collapsed, leaving them at 5-63, as they struggled with the swing bowling of the Indian pace attack. A century partnership between Symonds and Gilchrist helped Australia recover to 212, which gave India a lead of 118.

In India's second innings, Sehwag again proved his worth as he scored 43 in 61 balls to give momentum at the top of the order. At the dismissal of Jaffer, Pathan came in as night-watchman and scored 46, the second highest score of the innings behind Laxman's 79. India were eventually dismissed for 294, leaving Australia the imposing target of 413 to win.

Australia were bowled out for 340, 73 runs short of their target, and India once again put a stop to an Australian 16 Test winning streak. Pathan again dismissed the two Australian openers, while Sehwag proved a useful contributor by dismissing Gilchrist and Lee. Australia's team changes proved unsuccessful, with Rogers having scores of 4 and 15, and Tait, wicketless in the match and bowled sparingly. Ponting, in a post match interview with Channel 9, laid the blame for the defeat on a poor first innings batting performance, while Kumble praised the contributions of his team and his young pace attack.

Normally, in Australia, during their era of dominance, the final matches of a series was usually a dead rubber. Thanks to India's emphatic performance in Perth, which could have provided for a good final match at Adelaide for people to watch. India once again won the toss and elected to bat first. India made one change, bringing back Harbhajan Singh in place of Wasim Jaffer. Australia made two changes, Hayden comes back after recovered from injury in place of Chris Rogers, erratic Tait gives a way to Brad Hogg. This test was the last test for wicket keeper Adam Gilchrist.

Opening the innings with Pathan back-fired for India, as he got out early. On a balancing first day, India made total of 309–5, thanks to major contribution from Sachin Tondulkar's 39th ton. Tondulkar went unbeaten on 124 on the first day. On the second day, Sachin and Dhoni got out early, but a stubborn innings from Kumble and an attacking innings from Harbhajan took India past 500. Kumble was unlucky to miss a century and he was the last man to get out. Australia played with caution and they did not lose any wicket on the second day. Australia were at 62–0 at stumps.

Australia's openers went on to dominate and made a 159 for the opening wicket. At one stage Australia were 241-3. Australia were finally bowled out for 563. India's efforts went in to saving the Test match, but India once again lost Pathan early in the innings. India finished 4th day at 45-1.

Sehwag went on to score 151. Even though other batsmen fell cheaply, his innings made sure that India would not lose the test match. Kumble declared the India innings at 269/7 and the match finished early as tame draw. Tendulkar was awarded the Man of the Match Award.

Controversy[edit]

2008–09 Series[edit]

The first Test of the 2008–09 season was played at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore.This match ended in a draw.

The second Test Match was played at the PCA Stadium in Mohali, Punjab. The Indians dished out a clinical all-round performance to outclass Australia by a record 320 runs on Day 5 to lead the 4-Test series 1-0. This was the biggest win for India in Test match cricket excluding an innings victory.It was a historical match for India with Sachin Tendulkar who became the highest run scorer in Test match history surpassing record of 11,957 runs marks and on the way becoming the first man to score 12000 runs in Test cricket history. It was a historic outing for Sourav Ganguly too, as he passed 7000 runs in Test cricket and scored a century in the process.

The Third Test Match was played at the Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi. Anil Kumble, The Ace Spinner of Indian National Cricket team declared his retirement from the Test Matches after suffering from torn fingers.He was also the captain of the Indian side in this game. The match ended in a draw and VVS Laxman was declared the Man of the Match. Gautam Gambhir and Laxman scored double hundreds in India's First Innings.

The Fourth Test was played at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium in Nagpur. India won by 172 runs to regain the coveted Border-Gavaskar trophy after a gap of four years.

After setting the visitors a daunting target of 382 for victory in a turning fifth day track, India went on to dismiss the Aussies for 209 at just before the tea to wrap up the four-match series with a 2-0 margin. It turned out to be a perfect gift for Sourav Ganguly by his teammates in his farewell Test as they bowled out the Aussies in just about two sessions of play on the last day.

Indian fast bowler Ishant Sharma was declared the man of the series.

2010–11 Series[edit]

India won the 2 test series 2-0. Sachin Tendulkar was declared the man of the series.

The first test was an instant classic. Australia made 428 in its first innings. Opening batsman Shane Watson scored a century and Wicket keeper Tim Paine made a 92 to lead the charge. In reply India's top order almost contributed equally with Sachin Tendulkar scoring 98 and Suresh Raina scoring 86. India made 405 in their first innings. Indian bowlers led a surge in the second Innings to rout Australia to 192. India were set a target of 216. Wickets started to fall in the evening of 4th day with Ben Hilfenhaus taking the key wickets of Gambhir, Sehwag and Raina. The score stood at 55/4 at the end of 4th day's Play with Tendulkar playing with night watchman Zaheer Khan. Australia started the 5th day well to remove Zaheer Khan first. VVS Laxman who played late down the order because of his back injury joined Tendulkar for the 6th wicket. They improved the scoring rate considerably. However Tendulkar was out for 38 trying to play an upper late cut of Bollinger. MS Dhoni then followed Tendulkar as he was run out following a confusion with Raina who was a by runner for VVS Laxman. The score stood at 122/7. Harbhajan too was out pretty quickly facing just 2 deliveries. It looked all but over for India. India were 124/8 with an injury-ridden VVS Laxman and Ishant sharma at the crease and only Pragyan Ojha to follow. India still needed 92 runs to win with just 2 wickets remaining at lunch. It looked like a lost cause to India.

The post lunch session was one of the most dramatic sessions in Test history. VVS Laxman played one of his best knocks along with Ishant Sharma for most of the post lunch session. He was happy to give Ishant most of the strike with Ishant stone-walling the rest of the over. Occasional boundaries (mainly from Sharma) and early singles off every over had India slowly, but surely inching towards their target. In what seemed like forever, India crawled from 124/8 to 170, 180 and 190/8. Finally Ishant got out to a Ben Hilfenhaus lbw decision that replays showed was going down the leg side, with the score at 205. Pragyan Ojha, the last man for India joined Laxman at the crease. During Mitchell Johnson's over more drama followed with Ojha being clearly struck in line, but On-field Umpire Billy Bowden turned down the appeal. Pragyan Ojha tried to sneak a single when substitute fielder Steven Smith shied at the stumps. But unfortunately for Australia, no fielders where backing his throw. It went for four overthrows meaning India just needed 2 runs to win.

At this point of time three results were possible (India win, Australia win and a Tie). Mitchell Johnson then strayed a delivery on to the leg side and Ojha did well to just push it past the wicket keeper. The Indian batsmen ran a couple and had won the match. VVS Laxman top scored in the second innings with an unbeaten 73 and once again proved himself a nemesis to Australia turning certain defeat into glorious victory similar to Kolkata 2001, Adelaide 2003 and Perth 2008.

With this win it meant that India can hold onto the trophy even if it lost the next test match as India won the 2008/09 series 2-0.

Sachin Tendulkar was the most successful batsmen scoring 403 runs in 4 innings at an average of 134.33. Zaheer Khan was the leading wicket taker with 12 wickets in 2 tests.

2011–12 Series[edit]

The first over of the second test, the 100th ever at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

Australia won the first Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground by 122 runs within 4 days. Australia scored 333 in their first innings with debutant Ed Cowan top scoring on 68. In reply India collapsed from 3/214 to 282 all out with Ben Hilfenhaus taking 5 wickets on his return to Test Cricket from injury. Australia then recovered from their own collapse to 4/27 with Ricky Ponting and Michael Hussey building a partnership of 115 in Australia's 2nd innings total of 240. India was set a target of 292, but regular wickets to the Australian pacemen saw them all out for 169. Man of the Match was awarded to James Pattinson with figures of 18*, 2/55, and 4/53. He also made 37*.

The second Test started with India collapsing for 191 after winning the toss on day one at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Australia in reply scored 659/4 with Michael Clarke scoring a triple century (329 not out), Michael Hussey scoring 150 not out and Ricky Ponting scoring 134. In reply, India folded up when trailing by 68 runs. Sachin Tendulkar scored 80 as Australia won the Test.

The third Test started with India batting first, but only managed 161 runs in the first innings. The Australians replied with 369, including a century from 69 deliveries from David Warner, the fastest century by an opener. In the second innings, the Indians were bowled out for 171, and Australia won the match by an innings and 37 runs. Australia leads the series 3-0, and have regained the Border–Gavaskar Trophy.

The fourth Test started with Australia batting first, and notching up 7/604 declared with Michael Clarke and Ricky Ponting both scoring double centuries. India managed 272 runs in the first innings, with Virat Kohli scoring his maiden Test century. Australia did not enforce the follow-on, batting 5/167 declared to set India a target of 500 runs. India was bowled out for 201, 298 runs short. The player of the match was Peter Siddle, and the player of the series was Michael Clarke.

2013 Series[edit]

In the first match of the series, Australia won the toss and batted first and scored 380 in the first innings. They started really well in the innings but Ravichandran Ashwin ripped through the middle order to restrict them. The Indian team started their first innings in a shaky manner by losing two early wickets. However, Sachin and Cheteshwar Pujara took the score over 100. After losing Pujara, India was again in a bad condition but Kohli scored a hundred and was not out on day 2. MS Dhoni scored a fantastic 224 to give India a strong lead. In their second innings, the Australians quickly lost their wickets to the Indian spinners. At one time, they were 180/9, however, Moises Henriques 81* took the total score to 241. India chased down the target of 50 with the loss of two wickets and won the match. MS Dhoni was judged man of the match for his 224 in the first innings.

In the second test,the Australian batting order collapsed and captain, Michael Clarke,took a surprising decision to declare their innings at 237/9 in the hope to let India play the remaining three overs of the day. But India were 5-0 at the end of three overs. India lost Virender Sehwag early next day but a fantastic partnership between Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara saw India surpass a total of 500. Pujara scored 204 runs while Vijay scored 167. In their second innings, the Australian batting order collapsed for a mere 131 and India won the match by an innings and 135 runs, thus, gaining a lead of 2-0 in the series. Cheteshwar Pujara was judged man of the match for his 204.

The first day of the third test at Chandigarh was washed away by rain. This time Australia did well to score above 400 with half centuries by Ed Cowan and David Warner while Steven Smith and Mitchell Starc missing out on centuries. Starc missed it for 99 and out while Smith was out on 92. But debutant Shikhar Dhawan who had come in for Sehwag made a record 187 runs on debut and became the highest run scorer for India while playing on debut. Vijay also hit consecutive centuries and took the total to 499. The Australian team were dismissed for 223 after the good work by the bowlers and India got a target of 133 on the last day. With wickets falling at regular intervals and shortage of time, the match had become thrilling whether India would win or the match be drawn. But Jadeja and Dhoni ensured the 3-0 series win. Debutant Shikhar Dhawan was judged man of the match.

The fourth test saw a fighting spirit by the Aussies when they scored 262 but dismissed India for 272 and not letting them take a lead bigger than 10 runs. The first two days were filled with sledging by the Aussies. On day two, it was being said that the match was evenly poised but continuous collapse of Australia on day three did not enable them to set a good target despite a fifty by Peter Siddle in both the innings which created a record for half-centuries in both the innings of a test match by a number 9 batsman.India got a target of 155 and they achieved it easily on the same day with contribution from Kohli's 41, Dhoni's 12 not out and Pujara not out on 82. Dhoni hit the winning runs and India created history by winning four test matches in a series for the first time ever in their test history. Ravindra Jadeja was awarded the Man Of The Match award for his career best 5-58 and Ravichandran Ashwin was named the Man Of The Series for getting 29 wickets in four matches.

Records and statistics[edit]

  • Australia were twice denied a record 17th Consecutive Test win by India. The first instance happened in 2001 Kolkata and the second happened in 2008 Perth.
  • Tendulkar became the leading run scorer in Test cricket. [2008/09]
  • Tendulkar became the first player to score 15,000 test runs. [2010/11]
  • Harbhajan became the first Indian to take a Test match hat-trick. [2000/01]
  • Ponting and Clarke were involved in a 386 run fourth wicket partnership in Adelaide which is the highest in India-Australia series for any wicket. [2011/12]
  • Michael Clarke scored the highest Test score at the SCG in the Second Test of the 2011-12 series played in Australia. His score of 329* was also the fourth highest Test score by an Australian batsman. [2011-12]
  • David Warner scored the fourth fastest Test century of all time in the Third Test at the WACA, scoring from just 69 balls on his way to 180. Warner hit five sixes in his complete domination over the Indians, including a six to bring up his century. His final score exceeded the entire Indian first innings score. [2011-12]
  • Murali Vijay and Pujara were involved in a partnership of 370 runs which is the highest for Indian team and the sixth highest of all time.
  • Shikhar Dhawan scored the fastest century on Test debut in the Third Test at Mohali, scoring from 85 balls. His final score was 187 which is also the highest score by an Indian on debut.

[2013]

  • Sachin Tendulkar became the first captain to score a century in Australia (116)

Match venues[edit]

In Australia:

In India:

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