Winning a series down under has always been the dream of each and every Indian captain. The fact that Australia hasn’t been a happy hunting ground for the Indians is no hyperbole. The series played in 2003-04 happened to be the last instance where the Indians managed to retain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy on Australian soil. Sourav Ganguly’s men succeeded in keeping the Aussies at bay throughout the series and managed to salvage a commanding draw in the 4th and final test match of the series after scoring in excess of 700 runs in the first innings. Consequently, the series was squared and the Indians managed to retain the silverware.
Approximately 15 years down the line, Virat Kohli’s men have defeated the Aussies comprehensively across formats. It certainly would be no hyperbole to state that there’s a wide gulf that separates the current bunch of Aussie cricketers from the ones who played in the 2003-04 series. Back then, the Aussies had some of the finest cricketers in world cricket. You had the likes of Ricky Ponting, Adam Gilchrist, and Michael Bevan in the batting department. The bowling department was no less impressive, with tried and tested names in Brett Lee, Jason Gillespie, and Glenn McGrath tormenting the batters frequently. Continue reading “It Has Been a Path-Breaking Tour of Australia”