India’s most memorable Test wins | Cricket News

2021-01-20 06:01:30

While the Gabba victory will rank as one of India’s greatest-ever Test triumphs, TOI present five other matches that could be worthy challengers…
India vs Australia, Kolkata, 2001
Kolkata 2001 holds a special place for Indian fans as it was the first big series after the match-fixing saga and restored faith of the followers. Australia were on a 16-match winning run and had won the first Test. They scored 445 and bowled India out for 171. Steve Waugh‘s final frontier looked scalable when he asked India to bat again but VVS Laxman (281) and Rahul Dravid (180) put on 376 and helped India set Australia a target of 384 in 75 overs. Harbhajan Singh grabbed six wickets and in fading light India recorded only the third instance of a team winning a Test after being asked to follow on.

India vs West Indies, Trinidad, 1976
No team after Don Bradman‘s Australia in 1948 had chased a fourth innings target of over 400 to win and when Clive Lloyd asked India to pursue 403, many thought a Windies win was just a formality. Sunil Gavaskar and Gundappa Viswanath scored hundreds and Mohinder Amarnath and Brijesh Patel played the supporting roles expertly as the miraculous chase was completed for the loss of four wickets. It still remains India’s highest fourth innings chase to win a Test.
India vs England, The Oval, 1971
India had flown to England after a 1-0 series win in West Indies. But in England they were yet to win a Test. After two draws, the teams went to the Oval and after conceding a lead of 71, leg-spinner Bhagwat Chandrasekhar grabbed 6-38 to spark a collapse as the hosts were skittled out for 101. Despite Ajit Wadekar being asleep in the dressing room when Abid Ali hit the winning runs with Farokh Engineer, he was wide awake to the celebrations that followed.

01:34Record-breaking India clinch Australia Test series in Gabba thriller

Record-breaking India clinch Australia Test series in Gabba thriller

India vs Australia, Perth, 2008
Again the Aussies were on a 16-match winning run. India were victims of dodgy umpiring in Sydney and had been denied a draw. But they picked up the pieces and flew to the WACA in Perth where no Asian side had won a Test because of the mythical pace and bounce in the pitch.
Irfan Pathan produced an all-round effort and rookie bowlers RP Singh and Ishant Sharma conjured a seam bowling masterclass as India ended up winners by 72 runs.


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Rishabh Pant unleashed a Twenty20-style batting assault to blast India to an incredible three-wicket win in the fourth Test decider on Tuesday. (Getty Images)

India vs Australia, Adelaide 2003
Indian Summer Over screamed headlines in the Aussie press after Australia totalled 556 thanks to a Ricky Ponting double hundred. At 85 for 4, things looked dire. India though had protagonists at the crease who had scripted the miracle at Eden not too long ago. Rahul Dravid (233) and VVS Laxman (148) got India to 523 all out. Ajit Agarkar then bagged 6-41 to limit the Aussie second innings to 196. Chasing 230, Dravid anchored the chase with 72 not out.

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