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Unread 12-24-2007, 09:05 PM   #1
Top 10 moments in India-Australia cricket history
 
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Quite simply it is the biggest rivalry in world cricket for past decade. One can argue that even before that Ind-Australia games have been closer than most of the other countries. So without further ado let me give to you the top 10 greatest moments in Indo-Australian cricket history.

10) Sunil Gavaskar - Dennis Lillee spat Melbourne 1981

Going into the final game Australia led 1-0 in the series. Sunil Gavaskar who was not exactly having the best of series finally found some form in second innings when he carved out 70. It was at this stage that Dennis Lillee bowled a off-cutter that hit Sunny on pads right infront of stump. While the umpire gave him leg before wicket Sunny was adamant he had got a bat on it. Aussies and Lillee taunted him which infuriated him further and Sunil walked off along with his opening partner Chetan Chauhan. Thanks to Indian Manager Durrani Chauhan was sent bat to commence the innings and a walk-off was averted.



9) Little Master arrives Perth 1991/92:
While Sachin Tendulkar had been around for 2-3 years now, the trip Down Under in 91/92 was perhaps the one after which he really took off. His innings of the summer came in 4th Test at Perth. Against an attack that read McDermott / Reiffel / Hughes / Whitney a young Tendulkar scored 114.Coming at 2 down he was the 2nd last wicket to fall. As he ran out of partners he accelerated and scored his last 50 in 55 deliveries. Wisden called it "captivating" and "scintillating" and a legend was here to stay.

Scorecard - http://content-usa.cricinfo.com/wisd...tch/63567.html

8) The Warne-Tendulkar clash, Chennai 1998

The most awaited clash of the 90s. Two stars at the absolute best of their peak. Tendulkar had practised lot and hard in the nets to face Warne, and Warne was rumoured to have spent an entire summer trying to figure out how best to take out SRT. It seemed that Warne had done his homework when he took out the best batsman in the world for 4 runs in first innings. In the 2nd innings Sachin hit the ground running and was particularly severe on Warne. He compiled a brisk 155 with 4 giant sixes. Wisden called his strokeplay "awesome belligerence". Warne called it a nightmare, which he carried well till the last game he played against India.

Scorecard- http://content-usa.cricinfo.com/ci/e...tch/63794.html

7) The game Ponting made India forget, World Cup finals 2003:

Quite simply the most ferocious innings played in World Cup finals. Facing India in the finals Australia lost the toss and were put in to bat. After a good opening by Gilchrist and Hayden, Ponting arrived at the center with a healthy platform to launch an assault. And how! The last 30 overs yielded a cool 234 runs with last 100 runs coming in 8 overs. By the end Ponting had smashed 140* with 8 sixes, broken bunch of World cup batting records and practically ended India's World Cup dream by himself.

Scorecard http://content-usa.cricinfo.com/ci/e...tch/65286.html



6) Patil gets his revenge, Adelaide 1981

Before he tried his luck in Bollywood, Sandeep Patil was a swasbuckler famous in Bombay for hitting sixes into the Arabian sea on request of beauties. He had started the 1981 series in same mould when he scored a brisk 65 off 70 odd deliveries against an attack that read Lillee / Hogg / Pascoe. While a bouncer he was hit bad on his head by Pascoe and would have to retire hurt. If anything it spurred him on further as he smashed a career high 174 off 220 deliveries in next test at Adelaide. Sunil Gavaskar called it pure genius while Aussie skipper Kim Hughes had to try 8 bowlers, including himself to get Patil out.

Scorecard - http://content-usa.cricinfo.com/ci/e...tch/63280.html

Within a year Patil had also smashed 6 four in one over from Bob Willis.

5) The greatest innings for Australia, Chennai 1987

Dean Jones faught a blistering heat combined with heavy humidity at Chennai to play what Bob Simpson maintains is the greatest innings ever played for Australia. If the heat and cramps that followed was not exactly a problem Deano ran into a belligerent Alan Border who refused to allow Jones to leave. At one time Dean Jones was batting diarrohea and losing water so fast he lost substantial weight in the middle. At the end of his innings(210) he was rushed to the hospital and left Alan Border wondering if he had killed his number 3.

Scorecard http://content-usa.cricinfo.com/ci/e...tch/63438.html



4) Kapil takes pain killers/injections....and 5 wickets, Melbourne 1981

In the last Test of the series with Aussies leading 1-0 and needing 143 to take the series 2-0, captain Sunny Gavaskar told Kapil he needed him. Kapil at the time was suffering from hamstring issues and had bowled little in first innings. Taking pain killers and cortisone shots he decided to give it one last go. Ghavri and Doshi assisted him brilliantly as Aussies crashed to 83, the last 7 wickets falling for 43. Kapil had dragged himself past the pain barrier and India had won its first Test in Australia.

Scorecard http://www.cricinfo.com/db/ARCHIVE/1...11FEB1981.html

3) A belligerent spinner,a battling Iceman, a rookie keeper and a drunk umpire, Sydney 2003

By any account the closest series played in Australia for past decade and a half. Much to the surprise of the world champions India had drawn the first blood and won the 2nd test. Aussies won the 3rd and it was all down to the 3rd Test. India batting first scored a mammoth 705 thanks mainly to a double century by Sachin. The innings effectively put Australia out of the series.With a large score behind him Kumble took out 8 wickets as Australia were set to chase 443 runs in last innings. In what would be his last Test Steve "Iceman" Waugh played a gallant 80 and ensured Australia did not lose. India were left ruing many a missed chances, some due to its rookie keeper and other due to drunk umpiring by Bucknor. Still there was little doubt as to which team was the winner ultimately. Scribes, Australia and otherwise, were openly suggesting how Other teams could learn from India.

Scoercard http://usa.cricinfo.com/db/ARCHIVE/2...06JAN2004.html



2) The Greatest Test played on Indian soil, Chennai 1986/87

Quite simply the greatest test played on Indian soil, and as good as any test played ever. The second Tied test at Chennai had everything a cricket fan could ask for. Good innings by David Boon, superhuman effort by Dean Jones. A collapse of Indian tall order followed by a scintillating fightback by Kapil Dev as only he could. A quick 2nd innings run by Australia and a target to chase 348 on the last day of the Test. India took the challenge, kept on scoring at about 4 in an era unheard of. Aussies kept chipping wickets and it finally boiled down to 18 off 30 balls with 3 wickets. Then Sharma and More fell quickly. India's Xth batsman Yadav slammed a six to take India closer. On the other end the wily Ravi Shastri kept pushing for ones and twos and finally India were within 2 runs of the victory. Shastri pushed towards Steve Waugh, took a single and made sure India did not lose the test. Scores are tied. Maninder Singh, the XIth bat, played the next delivery circumspectly and was adjudged lbw to the next one from Greg Matthews. Aussies players ran celebrating, many unsure if they had won or drawn or tied. None more excited than Greg Matthews who had bowled unchanged for 40 odd overs. The 2nd tied test in cricket history, and in no other sports would you ever have so much fun out of a tied result.



Scorecard: http://content-usa.cricinfo.com/ci/e...tch/63438.html

1) The last citadel stands tall, India-Australia 2001

Steve Waugh called it the last citadel he wanted to capture. And it seemed like capture he would. Aussies were coming on in record breaking mode(they had won 14 consecutive Test) and they continued the form in the first test at Mumbai that they won rather easily. In 2nd test they had India on the mats with India 270 runs behind in 2nd innings and top 3 wickets gone for 100 or so. Enter VVS. He had been in good form all along the series and he dug in to play one of the greatest innings of all time. With Rahul Dravid he put on 376 runs together as from a hopeless position India suddenly looked the favorite to win. The innings was fantastic not only for the runs but also the effect on Aussies. The top bowlers - Mcgrath, Gillespie, Kasparowiz, Warne - were cut to size and gave away about 500 runs amongst themselves. So much so that Aussie skipper had to ask Ponting, Hayden, Slater and Langer to turn their arms over. India would declare at a mammoth 650 plus and Aussies wilted under pressure to lose their first test in years. For good measures they lost the next one too.

The series changed VVS to Very Very Special, it also changed the "follow-on" policy of Australia for good.

Steve Waugh would concede that this was the greatest series ever. But importantly he would concede that the last citadel was still standing.

Scorecard: http://usa.cricinfo.com/link_to_data...15MAR2001.html


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id love to forget number 7

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Lurker a very goood writeup...
thoroughly enjoyed it... Many Thanks...

I have jus one suggestion.. may be no.5 and 2 could have been put together and included sachins innings in the consequtive sharjah gmaes in 1998.. where one of the innings was ended by an absolute bizarre decision by a stupid pakistani umpire..

neverthless a nice read....

yeah No.7 was the one i hate the most....

Unread 12-24-2007, 09:24 PM   #4
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That epic victory at Adelaide should have been fitted somewhere.
God's heroics at Sharjah too deserved a mention.
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Quote Originally Posted by zubinpepsi View Post
I have jus one suggestion.. may be no.5 and 2 could have been put together and included sachins innings in the consequtive sharjah gmaes in 1998.. where one of the innings was ended by an absolute bizarre decision by a stupid pakistani umpire..
Thanks ZP. I was thinking it that way too to be honest. In the end my inherent bias towards Test cricket perhaps ensured fewer representation of Limited over games. I suppose one of these days I could write in a top 10 LOI games between India-Australia too?

And yes the Sachin innings in Sharjah would be right at the top.
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Superb write-up Lurks, you have brilliantly chronicled the most memorable matches of India-Aus.
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Quote Originally Posted by Lurker View Post
Thanks ZP. I was thinking it that way too to be honest. In the end my inherent bias towards Test cricket perhaps ensured fewer representation of Limited over games. I suppose one of these days I could write in a top 10 LOI games between India-Australia too?

And yes the Sachin innings in Sharjah would be right at the top.
yeah i thought so..
but then saw the no.7 ODI finals.. hence decided to make tht suggestion...

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That is probably the worst Aussie attack ever, with Rieffel and Adam Dale as the pacers. Gavin Robertson is at best a buffet bowler and Warne was always hammered around by Indians.
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brilliant read! brought back so many memories. maza aa gaya.

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Simply brilliant Lurker ! I would like add that an honorable mention would be Warne's debut test against India in Sydney( Jan 1992) where in he got practically owned by Indian batsmen particularly Shastri who has severe on him . In fact Shastri scored his maiden double-century in a Test, fell to a tired shot at Warne after nine a half hours, 17 fours and two sixes. He had shared India's highest ever fifth-wicket partnership (196) against Australia with Tendulkar, who later became the youngest man to score a Test century in Australia which have already alluded to in bullet 9.But for the loss of 94.1 overs to bad light and rain on the third and fourth days,India would have won this test.

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GREAT POST LURKER man.. good job.. some fantastic memories there..

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btw, how about adding the 1 run margin defeat games also lurker?? those were one hell of a gamez too.. and i guess they deserve a mention there..

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4) Kapil takes pain killers/injections....and 5 wickets, Melbourne 1981

In the last Test of the series with Aussies leading 1-0 and needing 143 to take the series 2-0, captain Sunny Gavaskar told Kapil he needed him. Kapil at the time was suffering from hamstring issues and had bowled little in first innings. Taking pain killers and cortisone shots he decided to give it one last go. Ghavri and Doshi assisted him brilliantly as Aussies crashed to 83, the last 7 wickets falling for 43. Kapil had dragged himself past the pain barrier and India had won its first Test in Australia.

This is totally wrong , India had won 2 tests in 1977-78 series which they lost 3-2.

Unread 12-25-2007, 02:45 PM   #18
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Excellent Lurks...and btw, with regard to best Innings by Indians against Aus... my favorite shall certainly be the 114 by Gundappa Vishwanath , Melbourne 1981...which eventually proved to be decisive in the win. An outstanding winnings on the first day....made people racall the immortal words of Tony Cozier on Vishy's alltime classic at Chennai, the 97 N.O against Windies.."The sight of a fast bowler repeatedly beating a batsman by sheer speed....." was how that famous writeup began..

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And also, mention needs to be made of a fantastic test series in 1977 between....Bishen Bedi's Indians and Bobby Simpson's Aussies down under. Simpson , aged 41 , and asked to come out of retirement to lead an absolutely rookie side, did so successfully, and the test series swayed tantalisingly back and forth with 5 results. Australia led 2-0, India came back in Melbourne and Sydney to level 2-2 and then Aussies took the series at Adelaide...3-2 with some very close results in the series.

I also feel that your write up has ignored the pre-1981 era, and the great deeds of Bedi, Erapalli Prasanna, Chandra and Venkat could have been mentioned, as could have been Redpath, Lawry, Simpson, Chappells, Lillee etc....maybe a part 2 or 'earlier era is in order" ??

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Very interesting. Would make sense to combine all the moments according to a match so that we can combine them together. The following 3 innings are also worth mentioning

* Sachin Dessertstorm innings
* Yuvraj dazzling innings in ICC championship (Not 20-20)
* Kumble & Srinath innings to win against India
* India-Australia 20-20

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well pointed out by Arkay... desert storm was special, so was our victory in Adelaide because it was only the second time in test history that a team scoring 550+ had lost.
I know im being a bit partial towards India .

Unread 12-26-2007, 06:06 AM   #22
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Waah Waah, Lurker guru.....classic style of writing. A treat for soul.

How did I miss this....keep it up birather..... write about ODIs as well.

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So Lurker, does Kumble's 5fer on boxing day make it to the top 10?

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Quote Originally Posted by PaiN_KiLLeR View Post
So Lurker, does Kumble's 5fer on boxing day make it to the top 10?
Not yet PK. I loved Kumble's bowling, really did but we have to wait to see how Aussies fare. If Hogg ends with 5-42(heaven forbid!) then it shall pale AK's effort, wont it? On the other hand if India go on to win this Test I would argue Kumble's effort were as good as Kapil at Melbourne 1981.

I also feel that your write up has ignored the pre-1981 era, and the great deeds of Bedi, Erapalli Prasanna, Chandra and Venkat could have been mentioned, as could have been Redpath, Lawry, Simpson, Chappells, Lillee etc....maybe a part 2 or 'earlier era is in order" ??
Hari, I was tempted to write about pre-1980s but for most of us it would be of academic interest really. I was particularly pained at not selecting 1978 series Down Under(Petravus is correct that the first win came in this series) but frankly many of us wont be able to connect so much with a Abid Ali as we do with a Zaheer Khan. Maybe I should have mentioned this is principally 1980 onwards.

One of my personal favorites that did not get a mention here is the time(69-70 series) when Bill Lawry confidently told Indian journalists how Aussies would beat India in 3 days and then he will go fishing in Yamuna. Bishen Bedi and Prasanna combined to take 18 wickets in game and end the match on 4th day, leaving Lawry ample time to "go fishing".

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That's a very nice recollection, Lurker. India-Australia contests have offered so much excitement over the recent years that there would be no Perfect 10 List, but you have captured the essence very well. Some of my personal favorite moments not mentioned above are :

1. Kumble's first day destruction of Australia at Chennai in 2004.
2. The Adelaide Test from the '03-04 tour.
3. Azhar's sublime 102 at Adelaide in '92.
4. Shastri's five for at Sydney in '92.
5. Azhar's 150+ at Eden Gardnes in '98 in the lead up to one of Australia's heaviest defeats
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This is really nice to be in touch with history.
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great work!
My list would be different. WC final would be at #2, maybe even #1.
Basically the top 3 for me would be WC final, sharjah, and 281. As good as the sydney test of '04 was, it doesnt deserve to be rated ahead of the demolition jobs of sandstorm and the wc finals
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I am looking for the vdo of sachin's 114 in perth, 1992. If anyone knows a site that sells the vdo or has the vdo pls let me know.

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WACA 2008 added to the list?
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I guess WACA will sit second in the list. Unfortunately one of the listed ones has to go. Great writing Lurker, absolutely enjoyed it.

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A very good write up Lurker - many thanks !!

I am much of a ODI follower than tests - so I hope you can write ODI countdown someday too.
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The Sydney Test will definitely make it to the top 3, displacing Steve Waugh's final test match. It was easily one of the most controversial tests in Cricket history, but there was some great Cricket played in that game as well, by both sides.

Lets hope this series gives us some Top 10 moments as well.

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Great article. Thanks Lurkerji.

Others that are not included:

- GRV's debut 100 against Aus
- Mann's 100 as a nightwatchman in '77 tour and the epic chase that almost was on. India in I4 made 445
chasing 490.
- Srikanth in 1986 tour of Aus. Great 100 in Aus
- Sehwag's 195 in Mel 04.
- Ponting struggling against a teen bowler (Ishant was 19 in 2008 tour).

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great article, a thoroughly enjoyable read ....all kudos to you Lurker !
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desert storm innings by Sachin should have been included somewhere

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I am sure the recent Mohali win will creep somewhere in there into the top 10.

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