IND vs AUS : The Border Gavaskar trophy will be back in December as a part of World Test Championship. The tour starts with 3 ODIs and 3 T20Is but all the focus is on the fierce battle between the teams in the longest format.
The four test match series will commence on 17th December 2020 with the last game held at the famous Gabba in Brisbane. The Boxing day test will be held as usual at the Melbourne Cricket Grounds with the new year test played at the iconic SCG.
With the IPL almost concluding in two weeks, all focus has now turned towards this most awaited mouth-watering contest between the teams.
IND vs AUS : What does History Tell Us?
India has been to Australia on 12 occasions but have managed to win the series just the one time in more than 75 years of rivalry.
But the positive for the team is that it was in the most recent clash that India managed to trump the hosts in what was a cracker of a contest.
The last time India led a series in Australia was in 2004 where they won the Adelaide test but the hosts levelled it in MCG to make it 1-1. Currently, India are in the top spot of the Test championship with 360 points whereas Australia would be looking to overtake them with a series win here as they are right behind with 296 points.
We often extensively discuss of some exceptional batting display in the Border-Gavaskar trophy and how they contributed to an important win, but we often tend to ignore that it is the bowlers who have to take 20 wickets in order to score a victory. There have been some exceptional fast bowling spells from both the sides but here is one of those pearls in the sea.
IND vs AUS : Best bowling performance : Jasprit Bumrah 6 for 33 at the MCG, 2018-19
The first time India visited Australia was way back in 1948. But it took them close to 70 years for them to win a Test series down under. The main difference that was clearly visible was the Indian pace attack that was on fire for the entire time apart from batting brilliance.
In the previous meetings, it was so evident that the bowling line up wouldn’t live up to the expectations of the batting effort but it seemed that the bowlers out did the batsman in the 2018/19 series.
One of the most iconic performances of the series was the world class bowling by Jasprit Bumrah. Coming into the boxing day test at the famous MCG, the series was levelled at 1-1 with India winning the first game at the Adelaide whereas the hosts made a comeback at the Perth making a huge statement.
India won the toss and elected to bat first backing the decision with a formidable score of 443 in the first innings. In response, Aaron Finch fell early but Marcus Harris looked settled for a big score.
Jasprit Bumrah came into his spell and charged in by banging the ball short targeting Harris body. Harris tried to pull but was in no control and the ball went straight into Ishant Sharma’s hand for his first wicket of the game.
This was followed up by Khawaja falling to Jadeja but Australia looked like clawing their way back in with Shaun Marsh and Travis Head in the middle. It was the last ball before the lunch when Marsh never picked that deceiving slow yorker off Bumrah that hit him right in front and it was curtains down for the left hander that provided momentum for the visitors.
He backed it up by cleaning up Travis Head in what was an incoming delivery on a fuller length and the Aussie batsman couldn’t do anything but walk back as Bumrah picked up his third of the game.
With game completely swinging towards India, Bumrah picked the wicket of the captain Tim Paine on a ball that was on short of good length. He ran through the tail enders trapping Lyon on the crease while Josh Hazelwood was rushed with pace as ball clipped the off stump completing one of the best spells by an Indian bowler in Australia.
This not only gave India a huge lead of 292 runs, but also went on to provide India an assailable lead of 2-1 in the series.
Bumrah came back in the second innings with a three-wicket haul making it 9 for the game. India’s best bowler currently finished the series with 21 wickets at an average of 17 over 8 innings.
Other notable bowling efforts in an Australia vs India series:
Bruce Reid – 12 for 126 in the match, Boxing Day Test 1991 at the MCG.
Damien Fleming – 5 for 30, 1st Test 1999 at the Adelaide Oval.
Glenn McGrath – 10 for 103 in the match, 3rd Test 1999 at the SCG.
Ajit Agarkar – 6 for 41, 2nd Test 2003 at the Adelaide Oval.
Peter Siddle – 5 for 49, 4th Test 2012 at the Adelaide Oval.
Nathan Lyon – 12 wickets in the match, 1st Test 2014 at the Adelaide Oval.
Mohammad Shami – 6 for 56, 2nd Test 2018 at the Perth Stadium.
India tour of Australia : Team India Squad for Upcoming Series
Team India T20I squad: Virat Kohli (Captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Mayank Agarwal, KL Rahul (vice-captain and wicket-keeper), Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Hardik Pandya, Sanju Samson (wicket-keeper), Ravindra Jadeja, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohd. Shami, Navdeep Saini, Deepak Chahar, Varun Chakravarthy
Team India ODI squad: Virat Kohli (Captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Shubman Gill, KL Rahul (vice-captain & wicket-keeper), Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Hardik Pandya, Mayank Agarwal, Ravindra Jadeja, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohd. Shami, Navdeep Saini, Shardul Thakur
Team India Test squad: Virat Kohli (Captain), Mayank Agarwal, Prithvi Shaw, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (vice-captain), Hanuma Vihari, Shubman Gill, Wriddhiman Saha (wicket-keeper), Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), Jasprit Bumrah, Mohd. Shami, Umesh Yadav, Navdeep Saini, Kuldeep Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, R. Ashwin, Mohd. Siraj
Rohit Sharma and Ishant Sharma are not included in the squad due to injury.