Indian team is ready to take on Australia in the upcoming test series starting from the 6th of December.
Here we are listing some of the best bowling performances by Team India on Australian soil and hoping that this time Indian team will add a lot more moments to this historic list.
Bhagwath Chandrasekhar- 1977
Australia won the first two test matches at Brisbane and Perth during the 1977 Australia tour of the Indian cricket team and was all set to seal their third consecutive win of the series at Melbourne. Indian won the toss and chose to bat on the batting-friendly wicket. After the early dismissals of two openers the middle order consisted of Amarnath, Vishwanath, Mankad, and Vengsarkar batted well to score 256 runs in the 1st innings. The challenge was to restrict Australia and get a considerable lead. Bhagwath Chandrasekhar came into rescue and confused the Australians with his spin magic. He took 6 wickets for 52 runs to bundle Australia in 213. India got a lead of 43 runs and added 343 runs in the 2nd innings, thanks to a magnificent century by Gavaskar. Australia came to bat with a target of 387 and failed miserably against the spin of Chandrasekhar once again. Chandrasekar became the first bowler in the history to record identical figure in two innings of the same test match; 6 for 52. India got their first win on Australian soil and won the test with a huge margin of 222 runs.
Kapil Dev- 1981
An injured Kapil Dev did wonders for India in the 1981 Australia tour. India was already in pressure after losing the first test match of the series at Sydney. With a hundred from Vishy India scored 237 in the 1st innings. In reply, Allan Border scored a hundred for Australia to put a team total of 419 in the 1st innings. India was trailing by 183 runs when they came to bat in the 2nd innings. The innings saw the controversial walk out from Sunil Gavaskar when he was given LBW by umpire against Dennis Lillee despite an inside edge. India was all out for 324 and the stage was ready for Australia to win the test and the series 2-0. Australia just needed 143 runs on the fourth day when Kapil Dev could not take the field due to a pulled thigh muscle. It was Karshan Gharvi and Dilip Joshi who bowled pretty well to grab three early wickets. Next Morning Kapil Dev arrived after taking pain-killing injections. Then it was all him! He bowled magnificently to send back the entire middle of the Australian team. His devastating seal bowling produced an amazing figure of 5 for 28 to bundle out Australia for just 83 runs. India won the match.
Ajit Agarkar- 2003
When Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman did a repeat of Eden 2001 at Adelaide Oval in 2003, it was the ‘Bombay Duck’ who produced the most magical spell of his career. Australia put a mammoth 556 in the 1st inning, thanks to their captain Ricky Ponting’s double century. Rahul Dravid led Indian team scoring 233 runs along with VVS Laxman who scored 148. Eventually, India took a lead of 33 runs in the 2nd innings. Australia came to bat in the 2nd innings and Ajit Agarkar took the responsibility to send them back at the soonest. His match-winning figure 6 for 41 wrapped the Australian team for just 196 runs with giving India a hope to taste test victory on Australian soil after 22 years. India chased the target of 233 with Rahul Dravid taking the role of an anchor once again and won the match for the loss of 6 wickets.
Anil Kumble- 2003
Anil Kumble was one of the greatest match winners for India. Although most of his memorable performances are at home there are quite a few times when he captured the limelight playing abroad. Sydney, 2003 was one such occasion. It was a deciding test match at Sydney as the series was leveled. There was a huge hype around this being the last test match of legendary Australian captain Steve Waugh, however, Indians were ready to mess this up. India batted first and based on a patient double century from Tendulkar, scored a mountain of runs. Australia started strongly to add 147 runs in the opening wicket. Kumble broke the partnership and took the next 3 wickets in regular intervals to keep the run in check. Overall Kumble took 8 wickets in that innings including the wicket of the top scorer, Simon Katich to restrict Australia for only 474. In the final day, looking for a victory Kumble bowled 40 overs and got 4 more wickets to end with 12 wickets in the match. This herculean effort took India close to a memorable test match and series win but with few lapses in the field India missed the golden chance and had to be happy with a 1-1 result in the series.
Irfan Pathan – 2008
The New Year test at Sydney during India’s tour in 2007-08 was one of the most controversial games of cricket in recent times. First, the ‘Monkeygate’ scandal was followed by the inept umpiring on the last day which gave Australia a miraculous win and also made Indians fuming. They were also forced to drop Harbhajan Singh, one of their most potent weapons against Australia, in the next test at Perth. Amidst all these Indians wanted to prove their metal with an inspired performance. Irfan Pathan provided the perfect start for India by picking up the openers in Australia’s both innings. All the Australian batsmen were troubled by his swing and he finished the test match with 5 wickets, 1 less than RP Singh, he was adjudged Man of the match for having a bigger impact on the match. It was a perfect boost Indian team, much needed after a couple of troubled weeks. It was also the first win for any sub-continental team at Perth and Pathan was in thick of it.