The India tour of Australia 2020-2021 took a turn for the best with the victory of India. The historic three-wicket win at Australia’s Gabba is indescribable in words. It was a second consecutive test series win for India in Australia, thanks to Rishabh Pant’s unbeaten 89-run knock. The Aussie cricket team has been unbeatable in their home ground since 1988, and the Indian cricket team broke the record.
Ind vs Aus Test Series
Before we divulge into the India tour of Australia 2020-2021, let’s have a look at India vs Australia test series history. The first face-off between India and Australia in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy series dates back to 1996. Neither of the teams could win the trophy three times in a row. With team India’s test series win in Australia in India tour of Australia 2020-2021, team India has achieved an applause-worthy hattrick. They defeated the Aussies in 2017, 2018 and 2020. Ajinkya Rahane and Virat Kohli have achieved extraordinary praise and success as the Indian cricket team captains.
The Gabba has been an undefeatable ground for the Aussies since 1988. The West Indies team was the last to beat them in Brisbane. The West Indies cricket team grabbed the trophy by 9 wickets in the 1988 Brisbane test series. Almost every test played after that in Brisbane against the hosts either ended in a defeat for the guest-team or the match ended in a draw. India derailed Aussie’s 7th-match winning streak in this last India vs Australia test series.
Now that we explored a bit of India vs Australia test series history, let us dive deep into the India vs Australia test highlights. The India tour of Australia 2020-2021 ended with India’s maiden win at the Gabba. In all, the Indian team has played six matches on the ground before losing five of them. In this last India vs Australia test series, Shardul Thakur and Washington Sundar's half-centuries refrained the Aussies from taking a first-innings lead. The Indian team warranted Marnus Labuschagne's century and Josh Hazlewood's five-wicket haul was unresulting. In the second leg of the game, Mohammed Siraj took a five wicket haul. Rishabh Pant, Shubman Gill, and Cheteshwar Pujara, with a 328-run target, hit a half-century each, leading India to win the test series in Australia.
The India tour of Australia 2020-2021 will be fondly remembered by these India vs Australia test highlights-
- Rishabh Pant was just shy of one run to achieve the 1000-run mark in the test series when he stepped on the field to bat. He became the fastest Indian wicketkeeper to touch the 1000-run mark with his groundbreaking play in the series. He achieved this feat in just 27 innings in this India Australia cricket series, surpassing MS Dhoni’s record of 32 innings.
- Rishabh Pant shared the spotlight with Cheteshwar Pujara on day 5 of the Gabba Test. Pujara created a batting record by playing a 56 off 224 ball innings in this last India vs Australia test series. He reached 50 in 196 balls and beat his own record of scoring 50 runs in 174 in Sydney.
- Pujara earned another on Tuesday in the India vs Australia test series. In his three tours of Australia, Pujara has amassed 993 Test runs in 2657 balls in 21 innings @127 balls per innings! Only Marnus Labuschagne is above Pujara with 2,586 balls faced in Australia since 2018.
- Cheteshwar Pujara is now the only Indian cricketer with most 200+ ball innings (9) against Australia breaking the previously created records by Sunil Gavaskar (8), Sachin Tendulkar (7) and Virat Kohli (6).
- While Marnus Labuschagne scored the most runs (426) in the series overall, followed by Steve Smith (313), Rishabh Pant (274) became the top scorer from the Indian cricket team in India vs Australia test series. He managed to maintain the average of 68.5 in five innings he played in three tests.
- Pat Cummins, the world’s no. 1 bowler, hauled the most number of wickets (23) against India, followed by his co-player Josh Hazlewood (17) and Indian bowler Mohammed Siraj (13) in India tour of Australia 2020-2021.
- In the India tour of Australia 2020-2021, India used the highest number of players (20), the most any team has used in an away test cricket series. England used 18 players in the 2013-14 Ashes in Australia and the same was used by West Indies on a tour to South Africa in 1998-99.
Winning a series away from home takes the exhilaration of the win to another level. India achieved the unthinkable at the Gabba on Tuesday in the India vs Australia test series with a historic three-wicket win against Australia. The rigorous strength displayed by this young and inexperienced lot of Indian players will be talked about and praised for the years to come. They created groundbreaking records during the historic victory at the Gabba. From not starting on a strong foot to turning the tables and winning the Border-Gavaskar Trophy series, India showcased a commendable game at the India vs Australia test series. India’s test series win in Australia holds the possibility of dissolving Tim Paine’s role as Australia’s captain.