Indians In Australia: Top 5 Test Batting Performances by Team India

Over the last 70 years, Team India have visited Australia many times, which included some legendary batsmen showcasing their prolific batting skill and ensuring a few historical moments for Indian cricket. 


With the hope of some well-crafted innings in the upcoming test series by Team India, here we are listing the top 5 test batting performances by Indian cricket legends.

 

Vijay Hazare’s Dual Tons – 1948

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Vijay Hazare (Photo: PA Photos)

The first Indian to reach 1000 runs and 2000 runs in Test cricket always performed in crisis for the team and proved to be a real savior. India’s tour of Australia in 1948 was no exception. India has lost the first and third test matches managing a draw in the second one. In the fourth test at Adelaide Australia scored mammoth 674 runs and India was all set to surrender once again. Hazare came to bat with India 3 for 69. He scored 116 runs in the first innings. While following on he again fascinated the crowd with a matured 145. He thus became the first Indian to hit two back to back centuries in both innings of a test match. India lost the match but Hazare’s innings sited in cricket history forever. His centuries came against the furious bowling attack of Ray Lindwall and Keith Millar.

Don Bradman wrote

“Hazare gave a display which ranks with one of the finest seen in this country. There is no doubt Hazare was among the most accomplished batsmen ever to visit Australia and cricket-lovers are indebted to him for the enjoyment he gave them.’’

 

Gavaskar’s Classic 118 – 1977

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Sunil Gavaskar (Photo: Getty Images)

India had lost first two test matches of the series and as always the batting line up was struggling against pace bowling attack on Australian soil. Led by Bishan Singh Bedi India batted first in the third test match at Melbourne and scored 256 runs. Bhagwath Chandrasekhar took 6 wickets for just 52 runs to wrap Australia in just 213 runs. It was evident that India was ready for a fightback this time. Gavaskar came to bat with the urge to prove himself as he had scored a duck in the first innings. Then it was nothing short of a spectacular show. Gavaskar scored a brilliant century and along with Mohinder Amarnath (72) and Gundappa Vishwanath (59) helped India to set a daunting target of 386 for Australia in the fourth innings. The Australian team was sent back to the pavilion for just 164 runs handing India their first ever win in Australia.  Sunil Gavaskar’s comeback innings was one of the instrumental keys behind this massive victory of India and is applauded by all till date.

 

Tendulkar Making The Presence Feel- 1992

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Sachin Tendulkar, Perth Test 1992 (Photo: Getty Images)

Australia won the 1991-92 test series against India but that series gave birth to the dependable batter at 4th position for the team. India came into the fifth test at Perth already 3-0 down and looked to salvage some pride. Australia batted first and scored 346 with a century from David Boon. Sachin Tendulkar already got a test hundred in the 3rd match of the series in Sydney. But this one was even more difficult. Tendulkar came to bat at 69 for 2 and departed at 240 for 9. In between except Sanjay Manjarekar and wicketkeeper Kiran More nobody provided enough support. But Tendulkar was in his own zone. He played multiple horizontal batted shots and some cracking drives. Senior bowlers like Craig McDermott and Merv Hughes could not stop him and the on-drive he hit to reach his 100 was a special shot announcing the arrival of a special batsman.

 

Also Read: India’s Test Tour To Australia, Top 5 Controversies

 

Dravid Taking The Lead- 2003

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Rahul Dravid, Adelaide Test 2003 (Photo: Getty Images)

Adelaide test in 2003 was almost a repeat telecast of 2001 Eden test match between India and Australia. Australia scored 556 runs in the first innings. India was in a tricky situation with 85 for 4 on the board with both Sourav Ganguly and Sachin Tendulkar were already sent back to the pavilion when Rahul Dravid was joined by VVS Laxman in the crease. Then the cricket world witnessed some legendary batting as the duo added 303 runs and ensured that India saved the follow-on. It was a reverse role this time. At Eden, Laxman took the charge with Dravid supporting him. This time it was Dravid who played the key role and added 233 runs while Laxman went for 148. In the second innings, Indian bowling attack made the most of the opportunity with Agarkar recording a brilliant figure of 6-41. Australia set the target of 233 for India in the fourth innings. Dravid again came into rescue and scored unbeaten 72 to win the match.

 

Kohli’s Love Story – 2014

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Virat Kohli, Adelaide Test 2014 (Photo: Getty Images)

Virat Kohli’s love affair with Adelaide Oval is well known. He got his maiden Test century during the 2012 tour in that ground and when Indian team reached again in 2014 to play the first test Kohli was the most important batsman in the team. As the fate would have it just before the test match Indian captain MS Dhoni was declared unfit and Kohli got the chance to captain India in a test match for the first time. He duly celebrated by making a century in both innings of the test match, only the fourth Indian to do so after Vijay Hazare, Sunil Gavaskar, and Rahul Dravid. Both the innings were a great display of batting skill and stroke play; especially the one in the second innings while chasing 364 for victory Kohli guided team India with a masterful 141 but a few rash shots, in the end, resulted in a narrow loss by just 48 runs.

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