The Royal Battle to Unforgettable Glory
Border Gavaskar Trophy 2010, perhaps the most awaited test series of the year… for it was the clash of two world class teams, Numero Uno test team India and the second best test team Australia.
Let us first rewind back to year 2008. In October, that year, we had a five match test series between India and Australia… definitely we saw high cricketing action then. It was the last test series for many cricketing legends… our old dependable wily fox Anil Kumble and one of the best Indian captains ever Sourav Ganguly. Apart from that, the Aussies saw the last fight back from their indispensable opener Matthew Hayden. No wonder, expectations from both sides were sky high.
Kumble, our then skipper, captained three matches in the series with each one leading to a draw whereas in the remaining two matches, the Indians were led by undoubtedly the most composed skipper India has given birth to…. yes, our dear MSD. Dhoni, as a test captain did complete justice to the enormous talent in the side to win both the games he had captained. Of course, losing a series of such royalty and significance must have been like a tight slap on the face of Aussie Captain Ricky Ponting.
Here, we are back again in 2010, with a revengeful series to look forward to. Ricky Ponting believed that they would easily beat India then. Little did the Kangaroos know what awaited them in the Lions’ den? With Ishant Sharma back in action and Zaheer Khan spearheading the seam attack, it was impossible for the Aussies to get beyond 428 in the first innings in the first match at Mohali.
The Indians started off well followed by a mindblowing partnership between and Sachin and Raina. But after that, the Indian batsmen began to tumble like bowling pins. So India was bowled out for 405 in their first innings. It was the end of third day. The second innings of OZ was a total mess for they were all out for a mere 193 leading by 215 runs. Anyone would have thought that India would easily achieve that target at that stage.
But, the falling of the top order wickets in quick succession reduced the chances of India. Two players on painkillers, Ishant Sharma and VVS Laxman , carrying injuries put in among the most lion-hearted performances ever witnessed in a test match. India looked dead in the water at 124/8 when Harbhajan edged straight to second slip.
Just three hours later the air was soaked in shouts of jubilation from every Indian supporter as one of the greatest ever fight-backs saw India seal a tense victory with just one wicket in hand. The hero of the match was definitely Laxman, India’s 5 th day specialist who played an unbeaten 73 with Ishant Sharma bagging 31 runs down the order. India led the series 1-0.
All of us expected the Aussies to make a strong come back in the all important second encounter between the bitter rivals. Australia managed 478 in their first innings. India lost Sehwag and Dravid very cheaply. But how does that matter ?? For the God of Cricket scored the 6th double century of his unbelievable career and Murali Vijay, India’s promising opener, scored his maiden ton.
A valliant innings from both of them obviously.. to take India to an ultimate score of 495. SIMPLY SENSATIONAL !! The second innings of Aussies was dismal for the Kangaroos were once again bowled out for a poor total of 223. India needed 207 to win this epic series. Easy, isn’t it ?? A solid partnership between the emerging Mr. Classic Cheteshwar Pujara and Sachin ensured that we prevailed right through the innings. Now, it was just a matter of time to win the bilateral tournament. Dravid and Sachin finished off India’s second innings in about 3 ½ hours at 207/3.
Its celebrations throughout the M. Chinnaswamy stadium in Bengaluru… three cheers to the Indians reverberating all around. In the end, it was a simply fantastic Sachin Tendulkar bagging the Man Of The Series and a dejected Ricky Ponting reflecting on the disappointment.
“Sorry Ponting, may be next time, you’ll manage a draw perhaps..“ is all I can say right now. A historic series with a heart thumping triumph for India comes to an end. After all, “How can the Kangaroos even think of defeating the Lions in this format.. funny, isn’t it ??”.
Anyway, its time to celebrate and think of the future encounter between these bitter rivals starting from October 17. It’s a hectic schedule for India going down to WC 2011.Right now, lets hope that India snatches the ODI series from the Aussies as well. WAY TO GO INDIANS !!
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