India’s win of the Border-Gavaskar trophy



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What more a cricket lover can expect than a match full of excellent shots, suspense and extraordinary performance and that too when chances of winning for their team are low.

Yup you got it right I am talking of the last match played at Gabba. Before seeing what happened in the series let us take a look at history and memories associated with the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.

The Border–Gavaskar Trophy is a Test series played between India and Australia. The series is named after Australia's Allan Border and India's Sunil Gavaskar, the first two test cricketers to have scored over 10,000 Test runs in their respective careers, also former captains of their respective teams. Entering the series, India held the Border–Gavaskar Trophy after winning in Australia, 2–1 in 2018–19.

The fight for Border-Gavaskar trophy 2020-21 was witnessed by cricket lovers at Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. After a long wait and 10-15-day quarantine time, the first test match started on 17 December 2020 at Adelaide with an equal possibility of winning for either team. Strange thing happened when the match was played with a PINK ball instead of a red ball.

The first test in Adelaide was a Day/Night test in which India won the toss and elected to bat first under the captaincy of great Virat Kohli. India played the first inning  scoring 244. In reply, Australia were bowled out for 191, giving India a lead of 53. The second innings was a strike back to India. India broke its lowest record, scoring just 36 runs which was also the lowest test total in the 21st century. Really, poor performance broke the hearts of millions of fans of Indian team and it was a great setback to Indian team. Nobody was expecting it as surprisingly no batsman reached double figures score, only the second time it had happened in Test cricket. Australia successfully chased the target of 90 runs inside 21 overs. They finished at 2/93, winning by 8 wickets.


Indian fans were hoping for a comeback in the second test, the Boxing Day Test, took place at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in Melbourne. Like Australia in the first test, India too reached the target with 2 wickets down, winning by 8 wickets. Ajinkya Rahane was named the player of the match for his century in the first innings, also winning the Mullagh Medal.

The third test was held at Sydney, starting from 7 January 2021.  Australia won the toss and elected to bat.  With Rishabh Pant top-scoring at 97 runs followed by Cheteshwar Pujara with 77 runs, the match was eventually drawn. It was a historic draw as India was about to lose. Kudos to India’s low ranked batsman who played like do or die. By this time many star players were injured including Bumrah, Jadeja, Ashwin, KL Rahul, Umesh and Shami.

The fourth test match was to be played at Gabba. Going into this match, India was laden with injuries, being able to retain only 3 players out of their playing eleven from the first test in Adelaide. Really it was not good for india. This resulted in India sporting a bowling line up that had a combined experience of 4 tests and only 13 wickets before this match. Everybody in this match expected that India might lose as all its star players were not playing due to injuries. Also the star studded team of Australia never lost a single match at Gabba in the past 22 years.


Finally, the wait was over and the deciding fourth test started at Gabba. The perfect match describing team spirit, confidence, discipline and what more. The shot selection was extraordinary in such a tense environment and the match was full of breath-taking moments as every single ball created a suspense in spectators. Truly speaking, This type of match is not seen these days. Despite the elbow injury Pant shot the balls with a full strength which even shocked the opponent team, by the end of the game spectators had only one word on their tongue  it was none other than Rishabh Pant. Rishabh expressed his feelings in an interview, declaring it as the biggest moment of his life. words fall short for mind blowing performance in the Gabba. Even the BCCI was not expecting such a victory and announced a bonus of Rs 5 crore for team India. Team India chased the target like a thirsty crow chased the water. They finished at 7/329, winning the match by 3 wickets and series 2–1. This was the first time Australia lost a test match at The Gabba since 1988 while the last drawn match was in 2012.  

In a nutshell the journey of four matches was full of emotions, feeling and enthusiasm. Tell me in the comment the most amazing incident of the series you liked the most.

Hope to see such matches soon.

 


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