India have dominated Australia ever since the start of Border-Gavaskar Trophy

first_imgVirat Kohli’s men have a chance to create history in Sydney. No Indian team has ever won a Test series against Australia in Australia but that may change after the final Test of the ongoing four-match series at the Sydney Cricket Ground.Having retained the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, Kohli’s Team India are heading into the much-anticipated Test with an unassailable 2-1 lead, which they had sealed after thrashing Australia by 137 runs in Melbourne – their first-ever Boxing Day Test win Down Under.Despite the absence of two of their most prolific run-scorers – Steve Smith and David Warner, the duo that had scored nearly 40% of the team’s total during India’s visit to Australia in 2014 – credit must be given to Kohli’s men if they go on to win the ongoing series, considering the history attached to the encounters between the two teams.India-Australia encounters have always been one of the most-anticipated in world cricket as the Asian giants were among the few teams who could challenge the Australian domination over the last two decades.Better numbers for India since the first Border-Gavaskar series in 1996India and Australia have played 97 Tests between them since 1947 and, as expected, the Australians have dominated the numbers with 42 wins and 26 draws. With a tied Test also part of the history, India have managed 28 wins over the years.However, ever since the start of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, the numbers have favoured India.Before and since #BorderGavaskarTrophyIndia…Before 50 Tests, won 8, lost 24, Tie 1, Drawn 17 (%win 16.00)Since 47 Tests, won 20, lost 18, Drawn 9 (%win 42.55)#AusvInd#AusvsIndadvertisement Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) January 2, 2019The first ever Test series in honour of the two greats was played in 1996 in India and the then hosts won the only Test under Sachin Tendulkar’s captaincy in Delhi. Mohammad Azharuddin made sure the trophy remained with the hosts when Australia came touring for a three-Test series in 1997-98.India were blanked 3-0 when the Border-Gavaskar series was first played in Australia – in 1999-00.Since the Border-Gavaskar Trophy came into existence, India and Australia have played 14 Test series, out of which eight were played in the Asian country.Ponting only captain to win Border-Gavaskar series away from home Australia defeated India 2-1 in 2004-05 to win their first-ever Border Gavaskar Trophy away from home (Reuters Photo)Australia, under Ricky Ponting and Adam Gilchrist, created history in 2004-05 as they became the first team to win the Border-Gavaskar series away from home.Australia could have achieved the feat as early as during their trip in 2000-01 as the then world champions were leading a three-match series 1-0 and were cruising towards a 2-0 result at Eden Gardens before VVS Laxman played one of the iconic innings in the history of Indian cricket.Nonetheless, in 2004-05, Australia were a class apart as they conquered one of the toughest challenges in world cricket – beat India in India and ended a 34-year-long drought for a series win in the Asian nation.It remains to be seen if Virat Kohli can help India conquer their final frontier. The Sydney Test, starting January 3, will tell us the story.Also Read | Australian Prime Minister to Rishabh Pant: Aah yes! You sledge right?Also Watch | Dog agrees with Virat Kohli as India captain says: No pressure in SydneyAlso Read | Fans love ‘babysitter’ Pant’s photo with Tim Paine’s kids: Best thing I have seen all yearAlso See:last_img

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