FCN takes you again in time as we delve deep into the archives to seek out the highest 10 greatest performers on this fierce rivalry often known as the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. There have been loads of memorable moments in addition to the not-so-memorable alongside the best way, one factor that’s for positive is that each Australia and India are two aggressive beasts every & each time they meet. To this present day, the 2003-04 collection in Australia stays as probably the most epic encounters ever contested between these two nations.
1 – Sachin Tendulkar (India)
3630 runs, 11 tons of and a mean of 55 – It’s truthful to say that Sachin Tendulkar didn’t thoughts enjoying the Aussies in check cricket. Mostly often known as the ‘Little Master’, this proper-handed grasp of the willow was & nonetheless is a cricketing icon when he performed with hundreds and hundreds of Indian males, ladies and youngsters turning into obsessive about the person often known as Sachin Tendulkar. In that memorable collection of 03-04, Tendulkar attained his highest rating towards the Australians in Sydney with an unbeaten 241. That Sydney check produced a complete of 1747 runs and ultimately led to a draw, Tendulkar was awarded man of the match for his unbeaten 241 & 60. Whenever you consider Australia versus India, Sachin Tendulkar instantly involves thoughts.
39 matches | 3630 runs | 241* (highest rating) | 55.00 common | 11 a whole lot
2 – Ricky Ponting (Australia)
Not far behind the good Sachin Tendulkar, the previous Australian captain led his nation fearlessly each on the sector and with the bat. It was that true Australian grit that gave Ricky Ponting a leg-up on the opposition, not too dissimilar to Steve Waugh who was a chief instance of simply that. Ponting had some of the damaging pull photographs in Worldwide cricket, so brief balls have been an enormous no-no! The better of Ricky Ponting got here out towards the likes of England and India, nevertheless it was the Indian collection which usually caught the eye of the remainder of the world given how aggressive the cricket was. In his 29 matches towards India, the Aussie No. three scored eight tons of and 12 fifties pushing a mean of 54. With a should-win mentality and an impressive presence with the bat, Punter might be remembered as one of many greats of this rivalry.
29 matches | 2555 runs | 257 (highest rating) | 54.36 common | eight tons of
three – Anil Kumble (India)
Comprehensively defeating the world’s greatest spinner of all time when it got here to the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, Anil Kumble has Shane Warne coated within the head-to-head battles. Kumble wasn’t your conventional leg-spinner, opting to spear the ball into the pitch moderately than flighting it like Warne did. What made Kumble a recreation breaking spinner is fairly self-explanatory, when the pitch began to deteriorate and break up he’d hit the cracks with these speared-in deliveries which might trigger excessive-havoc for the Aussie batsmen (notably on Indian wickets). A watchful eye was required to see off the Indian leggy, his balls fizzed shortly by means of the air and usually gained India an enormous proportion of matches. Kumble has taken probably the most wickets in Australia-India exams with 111.
20 matches | 111 wickets | eight/141 (BBI) | 30.32 common | 10 5-wicket hauls
four – Sunil Gavaskar (India)
Arguably one of many biggest opening batsmen to have ever performed the sport, Sunil Gavaskar was the most important factor going round earlier than Sachin Tendulkar surpassed his stardom. Method and focus was Gavaskar’s recreation, however he had loads of photographs to again it up as properly which made him the entire batsmen in nearly anybody’s ebook. Bombarded by the extreme speeds of Jeff Thomson and Dennis Lillee within the 70’s & early 80’s, adopted by the lethal-correct duo of Craig McDermott and Merv Hughes, Gavaskar’s statistics towards the Aussies develop into all that extra spectacular. ‘Sunny’ sits equal-second with Ricky Ponting for probably the most centuries in Australia-India exams with eight from simply 20 matches, a miraculous effort for those who assume again to the competitors he was up towards.
20 matches | 1550 runs | 172 (highest rating) | 51.67 common | eight lots of
5 – Harbhajan Singh (India)
Love him or hate him, this man liked enjoying Australia and has the statistics to again it up. Harbhajan Singh won’t be everybody’s cup of tea, particularly after the 2007-08 collection towards Australia the place issues received out of hand between himself and Andrew Symonds. A particularly passionate particular person with expertise to burn with the ball, Harbhajan appeared to save lots of his greatest for the Aussies. Heralded as India’s most profitable off-spinner ever, the 38-year-previous sits second to solely Anil Kumble for many wickets taken in Australia-India exams with 95 from 18 appearances. Harbhajan is the one bowler to have ever taken a hat-trick in Australia-India exams again in 2000-01 in Kolkata. The Indian off-spinner was on hearth in that collection, he picked up 32 wickets together with two 10-wicket hauls, probably the most wickets in a collection ever between these two sides.
18 matches | 95 wickets | eight/84 (BBI) | 29.96 common | 7 5-wicket hauls
6 – Matthew Hayden (Australia)
He might not have performed as many video games as the remainder of the gamers featured within the prime 10, however Matthew Hayden’s numbers towards India inform the story. A typical Australian opening batsman who used brute-drive to bully opposition bowlers, Hayden was simply as mentally robust as he was bodily. The Queenslander’s first encounter with India noticed him rating 119 in Mumbai, adopted by a string of fifties earlier than scoring his maiden-double century in check cricket at Chennai. That 2001 tour of India signified his dominance towards Ganguly’s workforce. The onerous-hitting opener didn’t get anyplace close to the heights of that 2001 collection reached till 2007-08 on residence turf the place Hayden scored three centuries in Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide. His profession ended on a bitter-notice towards South Africa quickly after, however his affect towards India the place he averaged 59 from 18 matches was nothing in need of sensible.
18 matches | 1888 runs | 203 (highest rating) | 59.00 common | 6 a whole lot
7 – VVS Laxman (India)
What. A. Participant. A person with chic stroke play and a contact from the gods when he was at his absolute best out within the center, VVS Laxman might take a recreation away from you identical to that. When the fashionable proper-hander received set, the fielding group knew they have been in for an extended day. Sensible on each the on & off-aspect, Laxman’s means to select groups aside by means of the sector was on full show in 2003-04 the place he took aside the thought-to-be-indestructible Australians on overseas soil. The hosts have been bewildered as Tendulkar, Dravid and Laxman took aside their bowling assault which was sufficient to finish the collection degree 1-1 with attracts in Brisbane and Sydney. VVS (‘Very Very Special’) Laxman scored 148 in Adelaide and 178 in Sydney as Australian followers have been handled to a batting grasp class within the type of India’s No. 6 batsman. VVS’s highest rating of 281 towards the Aussies again in 2000-01 sits second on the very best particular person scores in Australia-India exams.
29 matches | 2434 runs | 281 (highest rating) | 49.67 common | 6 lots of
eight – Michael Clarke (Australia)
An enormously-gifted proper-handed batsman who had the power to regulate the tempo of an innings, Michael Clarke was some of the lovely gamers to observe when he discovered type in Australia’s center order. Not afraid to tackle the bowlers each by means of & over the sector, Pup made the sport of cricket fascinating for the typical viewer together with his potential to punch the ball to the boundary with magnificence, in addition to the odd launch shot over the fence. Clarke’s knock on the SCG in 2011-12 towards India signified a person within the type of his life. The captain’s unbeaten 329 left little to the creativeness as he dispatched 39 boundaries over the course of three days earlier than ultimately declaring. Again accidents might have restricted him as a participant later in his profession, sadly for India it wasn’t quickly sufficient…
22 matches | 2049 runs | 329* (highest rating) | 53.92 common | 7 a whole lot
9 – Allan Border (Australia)
From somebody who reluctantly accepted the captaincy, to probably the greatest leaders of his era – Allan Border was precisely what the Australian cricket staff wanted on the time. Border loved a prolonged profession lasting 156 exams and 273 ODI’s, nevertheless it was how he approached the sport that separated him from the remaining. Border put a excessive worth on his wicket, he was hell-bent on staying on the crease every & each time we walked to the center. The Australia-India rivalry was an enormous one on the time, Border and Gavaskar headlined the collection as they seemed to raised one another with the bat and within the subject. Each gamers completed their careers averaging above 50 towards one another, nevertheless Gavaskar had the bragging rights with 4 extra centuries than the Australian skipper. Border’s grit with the bat and fiery character elevated Australian cricket off the bottom in that period.
20 matches | 1567 runs | 163 (highest rating) | 52.23 common | four a whole lot
10 – Kapil Dev (India)
India’s greatest quick bowler to have ever performed the sport and arguably their greatest all-rounder as nicely, Kapil Dev rounds off the highest 10 greatest performers in Australia-India checks. Voted India’s cricketer of the century again in 2002, Dev was rewarded for his service as a tireless-working all-rounder that didn’t get the reward he deserved on the time given the likes of Bothem, Hadlee and Imran Khan have been going round. A person who might swing the ball comparatively precisely, Dev picked up 79 wickets in 20 checks towards the Aussies proving to be a really constant performer. It wasn’t typically that the Indian speedster walked away from an India-Australia collection with out a few massive luggage of wickets, 1991-92 was a very good instance of that. It’s additionally value mentioning that Dev additionally scored a century towards the Australians, 119 at Chennai in 1986.
20 matches |687 runs | 79 wickets | eight/106 (BBI) | 25.35 common | 7 5-wicket hauls
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