The Indian Team showed a dominant performance in the First Match at Nagpur at the India Vs Australia Border Gavaskar Trophy by beating the Aussies by an Innings and 132 runs. Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravinder Jadeja and Rohit Sharma were the stars of the Test Match as they completely decimated the Australians in two and a half days. Australia could only manage 177 in the First Innings and 91 runs in the Second Innings as none of the batters took the time or showed the patience of applying themselves on a spinning wicket. It seemed like the much-publicized Aussie preparation in Sydney and then in Bangalore with Ashwin-replica spinners did not do them any good.
Jadeja Dismantled Aussie Hopes on Comeback
The Sun Rose on the side of Team India on the First Day of the India Vs Australia Border Gavaskar Trophy. With the hype of India Vs Australia already reaching the zenith, the performances of the Indians were not far behind. The Indian Bowlers did a fantastic job of restricting the Australians to 177. Ravinder Jadeja was the star of the show with 5 wickets to his name after coming back from injury.
First Session Went to Marnus, Smith
Australia won the toss and opted to bat first. They had dropped the ICC World Number 4 – Travis Head from their side citing his poor run in Asian conditions. Surya Kumar Yadav and Konas Bharat were the two Test debutants from Team India. It was a delight to watch Mohammed Siraj and Mohammed Shami as they gave an early breakthrough in the game by sending Usman Khwaja and David Warner back to the pavilion. At one point the Australian scoreboard read 2 – 2.
After the quick dismissals, Steve Smith and Marnus Labuchagne came in with the task of stabilizing innings with a solid partnership. It was an anxious moment for the Indians when Virat Kohli dropped Steve Smith on 6 at slip off Axar Patel. Marnus Labuschaghe and Smith stitched a brief partnership for the third wicket. Despite the Indians starting well, the Aussies had managed to get some stability.
Ravinder Jadeja Made an Impressive Comeback
The Second Session turned out to be a game changer for the Indians. Jadeja dismissed the star batter of Australia, Marnus Labuschagne. Labuschagne was on 49 when he completely missed the ball and debutant keeper Srikar Bharat made no mistake. Jadeja was on a whole different level on the First Day of the Test Match. After bagging two wickets on back-to-back balls, Jadeja cleaned up Smith on 37 to get his third wicket of the match. Ravichandran Ashwin then got into the game and picked his 450th Test wicket after dismissing Alex Carey on 36. The Aussie lower order could not contribute much, and the visitors were bundled out for 177 in the first innings.
Even though the Pitch was playing up to its infamous name in the Aussie innings, but the Indians on the crease had a different story to tell.
Rohit Sharma – Captain Sublime
Captain Rohit Sharma gave a solid start to team India by smashing 56* at the end of Day 1 of the First Test at Nagpur. The Pitch completely turned its complexion when Rohit took on Pat Cummins and hit him for four boundaries in the first 3 overs of his spell. Rohit Sharma looked flawless and in complete control, making it clear to the Aussie Media that it was not the pitch but the Batting Skills of the Aussies which were questionable. India was in dominating position as Indian openers Rohit and KL Rahul stitched 76 runs for the opening wicket before the latter fell for 20 runs off the bowling of debutant Todd Murphy. India ended the day at 77 for 1 with Rohit Sharma and Ravichandran Ashwin at the crease. They were 100 runs behind the Aussie First Innings Score.
Todd Murphy Shines on Debut
The young Todd Murphy was the star in the Australian side – taking a five-wicket haul on debut. He was ultimately able to claim Seven Indian scalps in the first innings. He ran through the Indian top and middle order and was the most successful bowler from the Australian side.
Rohit, Jadeja and Axar Batting Prowess
Captain Rohit Sharma brought up his 9th Test century as India crossed the Australian total. Rohit Sharma became the first Indian to score hundreds across Tests, ODIs and T20s as Team India Captain. Despite losing Pujara, Kohli and Surya Kumar Yadav and KS Bharat cheaply, Ravinder Jadeja paired up with Rohit Sharma to put up a 50-run stand.
After Rohit Sharma was dismissed, Axar Patel and Jadeja steadied the Indian innings by grinding it in the last session of day two. Australia found early success on Day 3 as Ravindra Jadeja departed after a brilliant 70 (185). However, the Aussies were already far behind in the match. Shami had raced to 37 – courtesy some huge blows. Axar Patel was batting like someone who was on a Frustrate-the-Aussies Mission. The Indians eventually got a lead of 223 runs in the first innings, which was enormous with respect to the third day pitch.
Ravichandran Ashwin is the Indian Spin King
Ashwin drew first blood in the Australian Second Innings. He tricked Usman Khwaja into driving a half-volley. Kohli was the one to take the catch, and from then onwards there was no looking back for Ashwin. There was complete carnage as the Aussies came down like a pack of cards. The famed batting line up of Smith, Warner and Labuschagne looked clueless. It seemed that the demons were not in the pitch but in their minds. The entire second session breezed past like one was watching the highlights of an old match when India made rank-turning pitches. The Indian bowlers were successful in taking 10 wickets in the session, leading to great embarrassment for the Aussies.
Ashwin took the home advantage to the maximum. He knew the conditions intimately and had a feel for them. On the one hand, Australia’s spinners had a broad idea of how they needed to bowl on Indian pitches, but Ashwin was able to quickly figure out how to bowl on this particular Indian pitch, and quickly make the small adjustments he needed to make. He is rightly called as the doctor of the game. His cricketing mind is nothing short of genius. He has a solution in tricky situations and shows versatility in his bowling.
The Indians will go to Delhi in a confident and an upbeat mood. The Aussies will be crushed after such a huge defeat. It will be interesting to see the team changes they make, and how they motivate themselves for a quick turnaround in the next match.
What India Vs Australia Border Gavaskar Trophy Means –
India Vs Australia Border Gavaskar Trophy – played in India between 9th February and 13th March 2023. Indians have won the last three Test Series against the Aussies. However, Australia is presently the Number 1 Ranked team in ICC Test Rankings. The Indians need to win the India Vs Australia Border Gavaskar Trophy by a minimum margin of 2 – 1 to ensure that they qualify for the World Test Championship Final in England this June.
1st Test – Nagpur – 9th February – 13th February 2023, 9:30 AM IST
2nd Test – Delhi – 17th February – 21stFebruary 2023, 9:30 AM IST
3rd Test – Dharamsala – 1st March – 5th March 2023, 9:30 AM IST
4th Test – Ahmedabad – 9th March – 13th March 2023, 9:30 AM IST
Indian Squad (1st and 2nd Test) –
Rohit Sharma (c), KL Rahul (vc), Ravichandran Ashwin, Srikar Bharat (wk), Ishan Kishan (wk), Surya Kumar Yadav, Shreyas Iyer, Ravinder Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Virat Kohli, Mohammed Siraj, Axar Patel, Cheteshwar Pujara, Shubman Gill, Jaidev Unadkat, Umesh Yadav.
Australian Squad (All 4 Tests) –
Pat Cummins (c), Steve Smith (vc), Ashton Agar, Scott Boland, Alex Carey, Cameron Green, Peter Handscomb, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschange, Nathan Lyon, Lance Morris, Todd Murphy, Matthew Renshaw, Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Swepson, David Warner
Broadcaster – Star Sports Network
OTT Platform – Disney+Hotstar
List of Commentators –
1. Ravi Shastri
2. Sunil Gavaskar
3. Murali Karthik
4. Dinesh Karthik
5. Ajit Agarkar
6. Harsha Bhogle
7. Matthew Hayden
8. Sanjay Manjrekar
India Vs Australia Border Gavaskar Trophy – Past History
India vs Australia is one of the biggest rivalries in the cricketing world. This becomes more so when these two nations come face to face in the Test format. The Australian Cricket team will be coming to India after a gap of 6 long years.
India Won the Series in 2017 on Home Ground
The India Vs Australia Border Gavaskar Series in 2017 was a closely fought one in which the Indians came out victorious after an embarrassing defeat in Pune where the Australians won by a heft margin of 333 runs. This was followed by the closely fought match in Bengaluru where the infamous DRS incident involving Steve Smith took place. This particular incident, and Virat’s reaction, set the tone for the turnaround in the series. All thanks to Ravindra Jadeja’s all-round performance, the Indians had an 8-wicket victory in Dharamsala and won the Test Series as well. It was a challenging series, but it was also a series which spoiled relations between Virat Kohli and the Australian Cricket team.
However, after their unbeaten run at home, India lost away series in South Africa and England.
India Dominated on Australian Soil in 2018 – 2019
At the end of 2018, India left for Australia, and many felt this was their best chance to create history Down Under as Steve Smith and David Warner were serving suspensions due to their involvement in the ball-tampering scandal.
India won in Adelaide by 31 runs, Australia made a strong comeback in Perth. India came back strongly in the Third Test at Melbourne. Jasprit Bumrah made the Aussie took 6 wickets in an innings and ended with a match-haul of 9 wickets. India were 2-1 as they went to Sydney for the last match. A rain shortened match ended in a draw. This meant that India had done what no other team had ever managed to do. They had won a Test Series in Australia!
The Landmark Series which India Won in Style in 2020 – 2021
Two years later, India would unexpectedly repeat history. This time, they were without some of their bigger players. India was handed a massive defeat in Adelaide when they were bowled out for 36. Virat Kohli returned to India for the birth of his daughter and Ajinkya Rahane took over the reins of the team. Cricket Experts had written off Team India and were predicting a 4 – 0 defeat.
However, when the chips are down, the Indians are at their best. Ajinkya Rahane scored one of the most significant Test hundreds for Team India and Australia had to end the year with a huge defeat in the 2nd Test Match against the Indians. The Third Test ended in a Draw despite Steve Smith’s heroics. There were fireworks from Rishabh Pant and a gut-wrenching partnership between Ravichandran Ashwin and Hanuma Vihari. India, who were set 407 to win, resisted for 131 overs to finish on 334 for 5 to save the Third Test.
Youngsters Stand Tall at the Gabba
Before the final Test in Brisbane, India knew they would have to go in with one of their most inexperienced bowling attacks ever. Mohammed Siraj, T Natarajan, Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur and Navdeep Saini were unknown names in the Test arena. T Natrajan had gone to Australia as a Net Bowler for the team but had to be included in the side due to the amassing injuries.
The Aussies had scored 369 in their first innings and India were reeling at 186 for 6. Washington Sundar was making his debut and Shardul Thakur was playing just his Second Test. The two all-rounders added 123 for the 7th wicket to take India close to the Australian first innings total.
India was set a target of 328 and there was not a single person on planet earth who gave them a chance of chasing that down.
Indian Batters Take Body Blows
Shubman Gill was a Three Test old youngster who was expected to shine sometime later with some experience under his belt. On the final morning, the Prince in the Making – Shubman Gill took on Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins – the most fierce and dangerous pace bowling trio in the world. He raced away to 91, falling a whisker short of a hundred. Cheteshwar Pujara took body blows and resisted with a 211-ball 56 before Captain Ajinkya Rahane walked in to play a cameo and show India’s intent – they were in it to win it.
Ultimately, it was up to Rishabh Pant and Washington Sundar in the closing stages of the match. The whole of India was praying for them to survive and draw the match and the Series. But Pant was unstoppable that day. Washington released the pressure with a six that shocked the Australian side. This was followed by Rishabh Pant unleashing brute force to leave his legacy on one of the most unbelievable wins in India’s Test history.
While the Indian victory in 2018-19 had come without Steve Smith and David Warner in the Australian ranks, the Australian team was full-strength in 2020-21. There were no excuses they could offer this time especially against an Indian team playing without Virat Kohli, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja in what is known as Australia’s fortress – The Gabba.
Australia Will Play for Pride in India
The Australian Team has landed in India. They have turned down an opportunity to play a practice match as they feel that the wickets given in the tour matches are different from actual matches. With their Bowling Coach Daniel Vettori’s contacts in the RCB, they have been able to find a place to practice near Bengaluru.
The India Vs Australia Border Gavaskar Trophy has been a rivalry to cherish for cricket fans the world over and Australia have lost three successive series against India, now including two in their own backyard. However, this Australian team under Pat Cummins is one of the best they have had in years.
The Aussies have a dangerous batting line-up. David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith and Travis Head. And each of these men has a century in the recent past. Before the India tour, Australia trained hard in Sydney, in a wicket which resembled Indian tracks. Yet, this won’t be easy for the Aussies. India have not lost a Test series at home since 2012. Even without Rishabh Pant, India will be dangerous. Surya Kumar Yadav is included in the ranks to give a deadly blow in the lower order. With the World Test Championship on the line, there is no doubt they will come out full throttle.
Whatever pans out from February 9, you can rest assured this Border-Gavaskar Trophy will be another India-Australia series for the ages.
India Vs Australia Border Gavaskar Trophy – Winners List:
1996-97: India 1-0
1997-98: India 2-1
1999-00: Australia 3-0
2000-01: India 2-1
2003-04: Drawn 1-1
2004-05: Australia 2-1
2007-08: Australia 2-1
2008-09: India 2-0
2010 -11: India 2-0
2011-12: Australia 4-0
2012-13: India 4-0
2014-15: Australia 2-0
2016 – 17: India 2-1
2018-19: India 2-1
2020-21: India 2-1