With India on a Schedule to play another prolific series in Australia, and Virat Kohli itching to repeat their past glory which they accomplished last time when they were here. But with addition of Steve Smith, David Warner and new rising star of Australian cricket, Marnus Labuschagne things might be little difficult for them, then what it was last time. Before going any further in detailing let’s take a moment and reminisce the bygone memories. Thus we hereby stop time and look back in the heydays, when the there were some fine innings were played by the contemporary cricketers, showcasing their extreme talent of conquering the demons of Australian pitches and fast bowlers, as both are known to test the sheer brilliance of characters of batsmen.
Back in the heyday of Aus – India’s tour of Australia in 2000 was started on a devastating note, with the Aussies delivering a comprehensive Test series whitewash. Within the third Test, India batted first and was bundled out for just 150. Australia back accumulated a mammoth 552 for the loss of 5 wickets. India required 402 in their second innings to avoid the follow-on, and though they fell well short, Laxman’s brilliant 167 stood out sort of a jewel amidst the wreckage of a giant ship. He scored those runs off just facing 198 balls, against an attack that was ostentatiously decorated by the likes of Glenn McGrath, Shane Warne and Brett Lee.
During the 2003-04 Test tour, Sachin Tendulkar was heavily taunted for his out of character form, as in the series itself he was out for a duck twice in five innings and eyebrows were raised on his batting. The ‘ Little Master Blaster’ was also criticised for getting out while trying to play his famous cover drive. And so, because the story goes, the good batsman made a choice to not play his favourite cover drive shot before the fourth and final Test in Sydney. And indeed, Tendulkar didn’t play the drive until he reached his century within the first innings. He still unleashed a good range of shots against an Australian attack that lacked the brilliance of Glenn McGrath and Shane Warne. He went on to attain an unbeaten 241, which is so far the very best score by an Indian in Australia.
It was ‘The Wall’ all the way within the premier second Test in the year of 2003. When India was tottering heavily at 85 for 4 in their first winnings back to Australia’s massive 556, it had been widely thought that the Match was nearly as good as gone and lost. However, the duo of VVS Laxman and Rahul Dravid turned back the clock and slowly began to tug India to a good position. When Laxman fell and departed after scoring 148 off 282 balls, India were still 168 runs adrift of Australia’s total. Dravid couldn’t be stopped, however, and carried on. His impeccable 233 helped India to succeed in 523. Notably, Dravid was the last to fall therein winnings. While chasing 230 to win within the second innings, Dravid was rock-solid again with an unbeaten 72 to require his team over the finish line. It remains so far one among India’s most famous overseas Test wins. Dravid was correctly named the person of the Match for his performances.
In match no 7 of high fire packed VB series back in the year 2004, the visiting team India won the toss and decided to bat first. Soon, Australia reduced them to 80/3 on a quick Sydney track. The then young Yuvraj Singh took the field alongside a person, who is regarded as the antagonist by the Aussie fans, VVS Laxman then steadied the ship as he took control of the wheel. Yuvraj, who was still settling down in the international cricket and was evolving into a fine ODI batsman with exceptional talent in his arsenal. He went on to relentlessly attack the Aussie bowling and played a sublime inning of 139 off 122 balls. VVS Laxman has ably supported him with a fine knock of 106 off 130 balls.
It was the primary final of the 2008 Commonwealth Bank Series, which will always be entrenched in the heart of every Indian. Australia won the toss and asked India to bowl first, looking to place the ‘scoreboard pressure’ on India. Instead, they were restricted to 239, because of India’s superb all-round bowling performance. A target of 240 is often challenging during a final, especially against Australia reception. At 87 for 3, India was nervous. However, Sachin Tendulkar was still there. As he has done numerous times in his career, the master blaster single-handedly dismantled and decimated the Aussie bowling line-up and guided India home with an unbeaten 117 off 120 balls.
It was during the third Test on the tour of 2003-04 of Australia. India again won the toss and opted to bat first. They scored a mammoth of 366, a total that was highlighted by the blistering knock of Virender Sehwag’s 195 of just 233 balls. Though the pitch was relatively eensy-weensy to bat on and therefore the Aussie bowling line-up didn’t have the services of the pigeon Glenn McGrath and Shane Warne, no other Indian batsman was ready to cross 50 runs. Sehwag scored quite 50% of the team’s total, and therefore the knock remains considered one among the simplest innings played by an Indian batsman in Australia.
Virat Kohli’s 141 against Australia in 2014 are often best described as a fighting knock. Within the first Test in Adelaide, Australia set India a target of 364 to win with each day remaining. Virat Kohli, who was leading the side first time Australia, raised a couple of eyebrows when he decided to travel for the win. India had primarily lost Shikhar Dhawan and Cheteshwar Pujara with 57 on the board, but Kohli didn’t hand over. With Murali Vijay as his partner, Kohli began counter-attacking the bowlers. Even after the likes of Vijay (99) fell with India at 242, Kohli refused to hamper. India ended up 48 runs in need of the target, but Kohli’s innings was applauded by everyone as he played with monstrosity.