India vs Australia matches have always been exciting for every cricket fan. The test series of these two countries have multiple reasons to get people excited about it. The test series are famous for controversies, remarkable personal performances from both sides, and an action-packed game. It is like a blockbuster of movies.
Now that the Border-Gavaskar trophy between India and Australia is about to start on the 9th of February, everyone is assuming many things. Who will win this year, and who will not? Amidst all the anticipation, the only visible thing is the fans’ excitement. That is why we have decided to talk about the top five knocks of the India-Australia game.
Top Five Knocks From Indian Batters In BGT
1. VVS Laxman’s 281 in Kolkata
Former Indian batter VVS Laxman’s 281 runs against Australia in Kolkata is one of the best India Australia innings in test history. Like every other year, the 2001 test series between India and Australia became one of the most historic innings of all games.
India was bowled out for 171 runs in the first two innings. The ball was indeed in Australia’s court. However, day three was in for a surprise. India won the toss and was selected to bat early. With the Aussies holding 274 runs, India was on the edge of losing the game. India had yet managed to score 232 runs with four wickets down. The rest of the forty-two runs were hard to achieve now. But VVS Laxman and Rahul Dravid’s partnership was soon acting as the best chance for India to win the game. The duo batted for a whole day and bagged 376 runs together, breaking almost all the records.
VVS Laxman’s ten and half hour run helped him make 281 runs, while Rahul Dravid could manage to make 180 runs. By the end of the match, India, the almost-defeated team, led the match with 589 runs for four on the board.
2. Rishabh Pant Making 89 in Gabba
Every game is a chance for a player to become a star. The 2021 test match between Australia and India proved to be a platform for the birth of the young Indian player Rishabh Pant. He proved his capability as a young batsman, gathering more fans every day and silencing the criticism raised against him.
India defeated the Australian team at Gabba this year in the fourth and final test. Despite not having the best players, India won by 2-1.
Australia initially managed to get 369 runs, but India replied with the same courage and achieved 336 runs. Moreover, Australia added 294 runs in the second innings, making it very difficult to defeat the team, an almost unachievable goal.
Australia showed a tremendous performance on the final day too. The team sent back the Indian player Rohit Sharma with just seven runs. But then the partnership between Shubham Gill and Cheteshwar Pujara worked hard to bring the game into India’s favour. Even though Pujara and Gill shared a great partnership, Gill got out and went back after making 91 runs.
It was Pant who decided to bring the ball into the basket. When Rishabh Pant joined Cheteshwar Pujara, Pujara was on his way to showing his toughness. He made 211 runs on the day. However, it was Rishabh Pant’s 89 runs against 138 balls that helped India to gain the famous three-wicket history. Rishabh Pant’s huge six and remarkable performance made him the star of the Indian Cricket team, besides helping the team to win the match.
3. Sachin Tendulkar’s 241 in Sydney
Famous as the ‘God of cricket’, Sachin Tendulkar is one of the main reasons affecting the Indian Cricket team’s winning in various games. Since the start of his career, Tendulkar has had some memorable knocks. One such knock happened when India visited Australia during the 2003 and 2004 test series.
The Indian team had already lost a game, so it was India’s turn to get back the trophy. Even though the master of Cricket was experiencing some issues with his playing and backed out of playing, his dedication helped India win the day. He had managed to achieve 241 runs with impeccable energy. In this way, India was leading with 700 runs, making it almost impossible for the Aussies to defeat the Indian team. However, the game ended with a draw as the Australian team got 357 runs in the last innings.
4. Ajinkya Rahane’s 112 Runs in Melbourne
Ajinkya Rahane, one of the most promising and elegant batsmen India has ever created, helped India to see a memorable victory during the 2020-21 test series. At the beginning of the game, the most promising players of India, Virat Kohli and Muhammad Shami got injured, making it seem almost impossible to win the test.
Now that Virat Kohli and Shami were gone, Ajinkya Rahane had to take responsibility for the day. The dressing room was tense. However, perhaps Rahane had something else in his mind. The Mumbaikar was responsible for helping India win the day, and he did it gloriously. Rahane, with his composed and reserved nature, went to the field with determination.
Ajinkya Rahane scored 112 runs, giving India the lead in the game. Australia was bowled out in the second inning, leaving just 200 runs behind. Rahane and Gill’s partnership quickly overpowered the 200 runs and saved the day for the Indian team.
5. Rahul Dravid 233 in Adelaide
Rahul Dravid ‘The Wall’ scripted one of the foundational wins of India in 2003-04 series in Australia. Dravid in his typical style of play wore down the entire Australian bowling attack in the first innings of the game and stood tall with 233. This is the same match when Dravid hit that famous square cut boundary in the second innings as the winning runs. Dravid remained not out on 72 in the second innings as well and India ended up winning the match and keeping the Border Gavaskar trophy with themselves.
One honorable mention is for Virat Kohli’s spree of 4 centuries in Australia in 2014-15 Border Gavaskar trophy. The battle between Virat Kohli and Mitchell Johnson was the best piece from that tour. India lost that series badly but Virat Kohli’s bat was spitting fire through the whole series.
The Australia-India test series is always exciting to cricket lovers. But if we talk about the Indian players’ knocks during the game, it is a whole different story. We have discussed five top knocks here. You can use them as inspiration if you want to join Cricket someday.