Adelaide Oval is one of the most famous cricket grounds in the world and has hosted 76 test matches till date with 75% of those matches ending in a result. Australia won 40 of those 57 matches. The ground hosted its first ever test match in 1884.
Adelaide Oval is the first ground in the world to have organized a day night test match between Australia and New Zealand in 2015. Over the years the venue famous for its heritage scoreboard has been part of many famous cricketing moments.
India has played 11 test matches so far at this ground with a not so impressive record. India has won only once, lost seven and drawn three matches. In those few appearances, Indian team have created moments that only numbers cannot justify.
When Vijay Hazare Stole the Show
Vijay Hazare was one those Indian batsmen whom team looked up to during a crisis. During India’s first tour of Australia in 1948, India had lost the first and third test matches managing a draw in the second one when they appeared for the fourth at Adelaide Oval. Australia scored 674 runs and the cricket world was waiting to witness another surrender of the Indian side. Hazare came to bat with India 3 for 69 and scored 116 runs in the first innings against the devastating Ray Lindwall and Keith Millar. While following on he scored another ton (145) to become the first Indian to hit two centuries in both innings of a test match. Although India lost the match Hazare is still remembered for his amazing showcase in front of the Aussie crowd.
Don Bradman went to on record to praise Hazare, “Hazare gave a display which ranks with one of the finest seen in this country…”
A Repeat of Eden 2001
India was in a tricky situation with 85 for 4 on the board after Australia piled up 556 in the first innings of Adelaide Test, 2003. Sourav Ganguly and Sachin Tendulkar were already sent back to the pavilion. As always the hope was on VVS Laxman and Rahul Dravid. When fans were waiting for another special inning from VVS Laxman against the yellow army after Eden 2001, Rahul Dravid took the lead role. He scored 233 and was well supported by Laxman who scored 148 and both of them managed to save the follow-on. In the second innings, Indian bowling attack made the most of the situation and Ajit Agarkar recorded his career best figure, 6 for 41. Australia could set a target of 233 in the second innings and with an, in form Dravid, it was an easy win for India thereafter. The wall scored unbeaten 72 runs to register the first and only test win of India in Adelaide Oval.
The Record Maker
Virat Kohli got his maiden Test century during the 2012 Australia at Adelaide and since then he has been involved in a never-ending love saga with the ground. When India team toured Australia in 2014 Virat Kohli became the most valuable batsman of the side. Due to an unfit Dhoni, Kohli got his first chance to captain India in a test match. He did not miss the golden opportunity and scored centuries in both the innings of the test match. The sheer elegance of his batting in both the innings proved why he earned the status of the most important batsman of the team. Especially in the second innings, Kohli led the team like a true leader with a classy 141 while chasing 364. The test match ended with India losing by a narrow margin of just 48 runs but Virat Kohli put his name in the record books for a number of records. 256 runs scored by him in that match is the highest for any player on captaincy debut and he also became the second captain and the first overseas player to score two hundred on captaincy debut. Overall he was the sixth overseas batsman scoring twin hundreds in a test match in Australia and second for India after Hazare. He also became only the fourth Indian to score hundred in both innings of a test match after Vijay Hazare, Sunil Gavaskar, and Rahul Dravid.
Nowadays Adelaide Oval is considered as one of most batting-friendly conditions in Australia and Indian team will be happy to start the test series in this venue. They will look to put the Aussies in the back foot from the very beginning when the test match will start from Thursday.