India vs Australia: Can Virat Kohli-led India do what Sourav Ganguly and his group did in 2001?

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A medium aim of 47 runs was gunned down in 7 overs and Australia registered an fatiguing 10-wicket win over India, inside 3 days, in a initial Test of a three-match array behind in 2001. It didn’t come as a warn to many.

Steve Waugh and his group were on a dream run and continued to browbeat both a limited-overs and a longer format. Before arriving in India, they had blanked West Indies 5-0 in a five-Test home array and seemed like doing no wrong. And, when they trafficked to India, Anil Kumble’s damage eased teh vigour of personification spin in contrast conditions.

0-1 down in 2001, India won a subsequent dual Tests to sign a three-match array opposite Australia 2-1. (Source: Reuters/File) 0-1 down in 2001, India won a subsequent dual Tests to sign a three-match array opposite Australia 2-1. (Source: Reuters/File)

India had a services of Harbhajan Singh, Rahul Sanghvi and Sairaj Bahutale but no one, during slightest before a start of a series, would have predicted what a initial of a 3 went on to do opposite a challenging batting line-up. Harbhajan returned with 4 wickets from a match, was on a costly side but his spell assured that improved things are ahead, during slightest for him.

For India, however, tough ask lay ahead. A three-Test array is a parsimonious event and it’s never good to ambience defeat, and a extensive one, in a opener. Nothing went as per book for a hosts and Kolkata was approaching to be no different.

India vs Australia during a Eden Gardens in Kolkata. Rings a bell?

Historic! sensational! mind blowing! India came behind from behind and fought their approach behind into a array with a 171-run win. VVS Laxman, Rahul Dravid and Harbhajan Singh played their partial and a array was set on glow after a Eden show. Australia responded in wise conform as Mathew Hayden crushed a double hundred in a initial innings of a Chennai Test, a determining compare of a series. Harbhajan answered, so did Sachin Tendulkar and India won a compare by dual wickets, and array 2-1.

0-1 down and following-on in a second Test, India were struggling. Sourav Ganguly and his men did what nothing approaching them to do. The array win injected a lot of faith in a patrol led by a very assertive captain.


Cut to 2017, a lot has changed. India, underneath Virat Kohli, have been during their unchanging best and managed to sojourn dominant for 19 prolonged Tests. Unlike a 2001 series, a 2017 four-Test array has contingency heavily built in foster of a hosts. The patrol wears a offset look, and a skipper is walking many of his talk. But like 2001, a array is not off to a good start. India were outplayed in a initial Test in Pune as they suffered a 333-run better and a critics were out with their swords again. They were in a blanket for 19 Tests though were out again, crook than ever.

The spin-play was under a scanner again and the inlet of pitches was questioned nonetheless again. India had managed to win matches – opposite New Zealand and England – on good Test wickets though were trapped in Pune. There’s still a prolonged approach to go in a array and there’s no reason because India can’t get behind to dominating ways when a second Test starts in Bangalore. The batting, even after twin failures in Pune, looks plain and the bowling dialect has never been this balanced. R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja are doing what they do best during home, and a seamers are on tip of their game. Umesh Yadav showed his capability when he tested a Aussies on a delayed aspect in a initial innings in Pune. Ishant Sharma too is chipping in from a other end.

kohli-m India unsuccessful as a batting section in a array opener in Pune.

16 years ago, Australia’s win in a opener didn’t come as a warn to many though in 2017 it has. Action now shifts to a second Test in Bangalore and another spin-dominated competition shouldn’t be a surprise.