India Tour of Australia: India’s Five Fabulous Test Victories

India is touring to Australia from 24 November 2014 to 10 January 2015 for a four test match series. Last time when India played in Australia in 2011-12 for the prestigious Border-Gavaskar Trophy , the host humiliated Indians in all the departments of the game and whitewashed the four game series. India could not win a Test series in Australia till date. So far India had won only five Test matches in Australian land. Let’s have a look at those ever cherishing victories by Team India.

1. Adelaide Test, India Tour of Australia 2003-04


The second match in the Border–Gavaskar Trophy at the Adelaide had all the beauty of a Test match. The two top teams in the world cricket horned together in a nail biting match and there were enough goosebumps moments for the fans. Australia won the toss and decided to bat first. Ricky Ponting with a magnificent double century (242) provided Aussies the advantage. Justin Langer (58 runs) and Simon Katich (75 runs) extended good support while and tail end batsman Gillespie’s quick 48 runs helped Australia to reach 556 Runs in the first innings. Anil Kumle’s yet another 5 wicket haul in a speedy Australian wicket was the highlight of Indian bowling .

In reply Indian Openers gave a good start but three quick wickets by Andy Bichel put India in back foot. At one stage the score was 85/4. India was facing a big challenge and there joined Dravid and Laxman, the heroes of Eden Gardens in 2001. They once again out played the Aussies attack and put together crucial 303 runs partnership in the 5th wicket. Even after Laxman’s (148 runs) departure, Dravid continued till last to make sure that India get closer to the Australian target. When Dravid, the great wall of India,  was the last man dismissed, for an eloquent 233 runs, India had reached a secured score (523 runs).

When Australia started their second innings in the fourth day before lunch, a draw was the most expected result of the match. But contradictory to their first innings Australia had lost their wickets in regular intervals and got bowled out for a mere 196 runs. Ajit Agarkar, whose 6 wicket performance gave India a chance to win the match and lead the series. Chasing 230 runs to win a Test match after a long gap of 22 years in the Australian soil was an epic moment for the Indian players. Dravid, hero of the first innings proved his supremacy once again and scored a priceless 72* and ensure that India win the match.

Both the team were good balanced but there was only one difference – “Rahul Dravid” that man changed the fate of the match. A heart throbbing game from the first ball to last delivery, which advirtised all the beauty of a Test match will remain in the mind of the fans a long time.


Australia: 556 runs (1st innings), 196 runs (2nd innings)

India: 523 runs (1st innings), 233/6 (2nd innings)

India won by 4 wickets

Man of the Match : Rahul Dravid

Australia XI: JL Langer, ML Hayden, RT Ponting, DR Martyn, SR Waugh, SM Katich, AC Gilchrist, AJ Bichel, JN
Gillespie, BA Williams, SCG MacGill

India XI: A Chopra, V Sehwag, R Dravid, SR Tendulkar, SC Ganguly, VVS Laxman, PA Patel, AB Agarkar, A Kumble, IK
Pathan,    A Nehra

2. Perth Test, India Tour of Australia 2007-08


After the controversial Sydney Test, Anil Kumble’s men were 2-0 down in the Border–Gavaskar Trophy Test series. It was more a prestigious match for Kumble and his teammates to win the Perth Test and keep the series alive. Kumble won a good toss and elected to bat. Indian openers, Wasim Jaffer(16 runs) and Virender Sehwag(29 runs) gave a steady start to the Indian innings. In the middle order Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid framed the innings and India put up a modest 330 runs in the first innings.

In reply, Australia crumbled by the Indian seamers for a 212 runs. At once Autralia was 61/5 but Andrew Symonds (66runs) and Adam Gilchrist (55 runs) shown some character to get pass Australia the 200 mark. RP Singh was topped in the bowling table with four wickets. Irfan Pathan’s recall to the team proved fruitful, he gave India the break through by dismissing both the Aussies openers.

India started their second innings with a significant 118 runs lead in hand. Sehwag’s quick 43 runs at the top gave Indian innings some momentum. Irfan Pathan came in as night-watchman and scored a worthy 46 runs.  VVS Laxman’s 79 runs was highest score in Indian innings. RP Singh’s(30 runs) handy batting low down in the order added some useful runs to the scorecard.

A mammoth 413 runs to chase, Australians only managed to get 340 runs. The resistance from Michel Clark and Johnson could not save the match. Once again Irfan Pathan dismissed the Australian openers and gave India an edge. A good team effort from India put a stop to an Australian 16 Test winning streak.


India: 330 runs (1st innings) & 294 runs (2nd innings)

Australia: 212 runs (1st innings) & 340 runs (2nd innings)

India won by 72 runs

Man of the Match: Irfan Pathan

India XI: W Jaffer, V Sehwag, R Dravid, SR Tendulkar, SC Ganguly, VVS Laxman, MS Dhoni, IK Pathan, A Kumble, RP Singh, ISharma

Australia XI: PA Jaques, CJL Rogers, RT Ponting, MEK Hussey, , MJ Clarke, A Symonds, AC Gilchrist, B Lee, MG Johnson, SR Clark, W Tait

3. Melbourne Test, India Tour of Australia 1980-81


The 3rd Test match between India and Australia at Melbourne in 1981 was a thriller. India was sent to bat first by Aussies captain. The decision found fruitful when India collapsed to 115 for 6. Australian pacers Dennis Lillee and Len Pascoe shattered the Indian batting line up and put them in trouble. But one man, G Viswanath, single-handedly managed the Indian innings with his brilliant century. India were bowled out for 237 runs in the first innings.

Australia responded strongly leading by Allan Border’s magnificent century and a good contribution from Greg Chappell (76 runs) and Rod Marsh (45 runs). They projected a 419 runs with 182 runs first innings lead. Dilip Doshi picked up 3 wickets irrespective of being injured.

In India’s second innings all the top order batsman raised to the occasion and batted their hearts out. Indian openers Sunil Gavaskar (70 runs) and Chetan Chauhan(85 runs) put up a brilliant 165 runs partnership. Vengsarkar, Viswanath and Patil all contributed and India scored a decent 324 runs in the second innings. In the middle of Indian innings Sunil Gavaskar walk out of the ground against a controversial umpire decision which created some panic on the field.

Only 143 runs to win the Test match Australians were the favorites although they were down to 24/3 at the end of fourth days play. With one day and seven wickets in hand Australia needed only 119 runs. India needed some miracle and that happened on the last day. Kapil Dev, the man with mighty pace run through the Australian line up and sent back five Aussies batsman to pavilion. An amazing win to the Indian team, where most of the sessions the Australians were dominated.


India: 237 runs (1st innings) & 324 runs (2nd innings)

Australia: 419 runs (1st innings) & 83 runs (2nd innings)

India won by 59 runs

Man of the Match: Gundappa Viswanath

India XI: Sunil Gavaskar, Chetan Chauhan, Dilip Vengsarkar, Gundappa Viswanath, Sandeep Patil, Yashpal Sharma, Kapil Dev, Syed Kirmani, Karsan Ghavri, Shivlal Yadav and Dilip Doshi

Australia XI: John Dyson, Graeme Wood, Greg Chappell, Kim Hughes, Allan Border, Doug Walters, Rod Marsh, Bruce Yardley, Dennis Lillee, Len Pascoe and Jim Higgs

4. Sydney Test, India Tour of Australia 1977-78


After winning the toss Australia chose to bat first. But the Indian spin trio Bedi, Chandrasekhar and Prasanna were created mystery for the Aussies in the Sydney ground. The host bowled our for a poor 131 runs. Bob Simpson (38 runs) topped the Australian innings. Five batsman were dismissed for single digits.

In reply India put up an exceptional batting performance. Viswanath lead the Indian batting with a top scoring 79 runs.  Aided by Gavaskar (49 runs), Chauhan (42 runs), Vengsarkar (48 runs), Kirmani (42 runs) and Ghavri (64 runs)  India scored a good 396 runs.  The host were trailed by a massive 265 runs which put India on the driving seat.

When Australia came to bat in the second innings India were psychologically having the upper hand. Once again the Indian spin department fired and the Aussies batsmen perished. Peter Toohey (85 runs) and Gary Cosier (68 runs) were put up a fight but it was not enough to resist India from great victory in the Australian Land.


Australia: 131 runs(1st innings) & 263 (2nd innings)

India: 396 runs(1st innings)

India won by an innings and 2 runs

India XI: Sunil Gavaskar, Chetan Chauhan, Mohinder Amarnath, Gundappa Viswanath, Dilip Vengsarkar, Ashok Mankad, Syed Kirmani, Karsan Ghavri, Erapalli Prasanna, Bishen Singh Bedi and Bhagwath Chandrasekhar

Australia XI: John Dyson, Gary Cosier, Peter Toohey, Craig Serjeant, Bob Simpson, Kim Hughes, Tony Mann, Steve Rixon,
Wayne Clark, Jeff Thomson and Sam Gannon

5. Melbourne Test, India Tour of Australia, 1977-78


India won the toss and elected to bat first. But Australia shocked India by dismissing both the openers for a duck. The score card was 0/2 when Mohinder Amarnath came as the one down batsman. He along with Viswanath stayed at the crease and  stabilized the innings with immense hard work and determination. Amarnath scored a worthy 72 runs while Viswanath made 59 runs. Vengsarkar, Ashok Mankad and Syed Kirmani helped India to reach a total of 256 runs.

In reply, Australia could manage only 213 runs. The major wreckage factor was Bhagwath Chandrasekhar, who claimed six Aussies wicket just in 14.1 overs. Gary Cosier (67 runs) and Craig Serjeant (85 runs) were the two highlights of Australian innings.

India’s second innings was a good batting demonstration. Sunil Gavaskar was leading batting department with brilliant 118 runs. A good support from Amarnath, Viswanath and Ashok Mankad boosted the Indian score to 343 runs.

India put a massive 387 runs chase for the host. But the they never look like comfortable against the Indian spinners. Chandrasekhar and Bedi shared all the Australian wickets six and four respectively. Australians were bowled out for 164 runs and India celebrate their first Test victory in the Australian soil that too in a big fashion…a victory by the margin of 222 runs!!!.


India: 256 runs(1st innings) & 343 runs(2nd innings)

Australia: 213 runs(1st innings) & 164 runs(2nd innings)

India won by 222 runs

India XI: Sunil Gavaskar, Chetan Chauhan, Mohinder Amarnath, Gundappa Viswanath, Dilip Vengsarkar, Ashok Mankad, Syed Kirmani, Karsan Ghavri, Erapalli Prasanna, Bishen Singh Bedi and Bhagwath Chandrasekhar

Australia XI: John Dyson, Gary Cosier, David Ogilvie, Craig Serjeant, Bob Simpson, Peter Toohey, Tony Mann, Steve Rixon,
Wayne Clark, Jeff Thomson and Sam Gannon

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