India’s exciting series with Australia was full of drama and controversy at every turn as the tourists braved the adversity … but where is it one of the greatest test cricket series ever?
- India has won a miraculous victory over Australia in an exciting series of tests
- They chased the 328 victory target with an exhausted lineup at the gabba
- It was a spectacular end to a series of drama and intrigue at every turn
- The 2005 Ashes series in England is considered by many to be the greatest series
- Others would point to the 2000-01 dramatic India v Australia series
- The meeting of Australia and the West Indies in 1960-61 is seen as saving the game
A series of tests that had pretty much everything ended with India’s miraculous victory over Australia.
In four compelling tests, the drama ebbed and flowed in a competition full of subplots from India’s Covid-19 quarantine and injury problems to the spectacular setback of Tim Paine’s sleigh.
In the end, India fought a jaw-dropping battle against the humiliation of knocking out the first Test in Adelaide for 36 minutes to win the second Test in Melbourne and draw the third.
India scored a miraculous victory over Australia by setting a victory goal of 328
Rishabh Pant was India’s hero when its undefeated 89 led them to victory on day five
After a dramatic series, it was a difficult task for Australian captain Tim Paine and his team
Despite all of their Herculean endeavors, no one predicted that they could hunt Gabba 328 to win on the final day of the crucial test at the Australian fortress of Gabba 328.
They did it in style, with Shubman Gill and Rishabh Pant writing their name in Indian cricket folklore by driving them home.
But where does this exciting series of tests belong to the greatest of all time? Wisden editor LAWRENCE BOOTH gives his verdict.
5. Australia 3-2 England, 1936-37
For the only time in testing history a team won 2-0. Needless to say, the winners had Don Bradman in their ranks.
After Gubby Allen’s England won in Brisbane and Sydney, Bradman responded 270 from a # 7 on a sticky dog in Melbourne, 212 in Adelaide and 169 on returning to Melbourne. Job done.
The great Don Bradman beats England during an Ashes streak – his exploits helped Australia recover from two Tests and win the streak on home soil in 1936-37
4. India 2-1 Australia, 2000-01
Steve Waugh’s Australians took a 1-0 lead with a 10-wicket win in Mumbai, their 16th test win in a row, followed by India in Calcutta.
But VVS Laxman responded with an epic 281, Rahul Dravid scored 180 and Harbhajan Singh took six wickets to place the series.
India then secured a breathless two-wicket win in Chennai.
The Indian batsman VVS Laxman celebrates its double century against Australia in 2001
3. Australia 2-1 West Indies, 1960-61
This classic is believed to be the series that saved Test Cricket after various controversies over pitch doctoring and chucking in the 1950s. It started with the format’s first draw in Brisbane.
Australia won the second Test and West Indies the third before Frank Worrell’s tourists were denied victory in the fourth Test when Lindsay Kline # 11 stayed 109 minutes in Adelaide.
Australia then chased 258 to win the Melbourne decision maker through two wickets. West Indies were paraded through the streets of the city with a ribbon parade.
Test cricket’s first draw came in Brisbane in 1960 when Ian Meckiff of Joe Solomon’s West Indies retired
2. Australia 1-2 India, 2020-21
In the first test, with an injury list longer than most batting teams and captain Virat Kohli on paternity leave, India struck a staggering setback, chasing 328 to win at Fortress Gabba.
The Indian team shows their flag on a lap of honor in the gabba after winning for the ages