Highlights of Border-Gavaskar Series
This Test Series has had several highs, lows and heartbreaks. . Not surprisingly, cricket lovers around the world eagerly follow this tournament.
The inaugural series
In 1997-98, the Australians arrived in India hoping for a win that had eluded them since 1969-70. However, what followed was a disaster.
The first Test at Chennai saw Sachin Tendulkar hammering away the Aussies for 155 off 191 balls. Things got more complicated for the Aussies thanks to the trio of Raju, Kumble and Chauhan. Unsurprisingly, the Kangaroos lost this Test by a big margin.
In the Kolkata match, Azharuddin delivered a brilliant knock of 163 runs, thereby crushing Australia with an innings defeat. While the Kangaroos won the third and final test at Bangalore, the Indians had already pocketed the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.
It was widely believed that Australia would win this edition of the Border-Gavaskar trophy because of its stellar performance in Pakistan. The first test at Adelaide was won by the Kangaroos comfortably. At Melbourne, the Aussies struck again by bowling out India for 110 runs. By winning this Test, Australia had wrapped up the Series.
In the third Test at Sydney, The Aussies got the better of India once again, thanks to some stunning batting by Langer and McGrath. Aussies won this Series 3-0.
This series ended in a draw after both sides won one match each. The venues were Brisbane, Adelaide, Sydney and Melbourne. Since it was a drawn series, India retained the trophy.
Australia toured India with the sole desire of beating Indians after a 35-year hiatus. The Kangaroos fulfilled their ambition by beating Men in Blue 2-1. This was the last time Shane Warne and Glenn McGrath toured India.
The Aussies retained the trophy by beating India yet again, 2-1 in this series. This was the last time Sourav Ganguly toured Australia as the skipper of the Indian side.
2008-09 and 2010-11
Both series were won by India comfortably. India clinched the 2008 series 2-0, and the second series 2-1, thanks to some clinical batting and bowling.
Ishant Sharma and Sachin Tendulkar won the Man of the Series awards for 08-09, and 10-11, respectively.