Clash of the Titans: 26 pics of the IND-AUS epic rivalry over the years

Updated: 01 March, 2017 15:54 IST
  • Border-Gavaskar
    Allan Border (left) and Sunil Gavaskar, the two legends in whose honour the trophy was initiated. (Pics/ AFP)
  • 1996 - Mongia Magic
    The inaugural Border-Gavaskar Trophy kicked off with a one-off Test at Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi. Nayan Mongia was the surprise hero for India. The makeshift opener made 152 as India won by seven wickets. Did you know? This was Sachin Tendulkar’s first Test as skipper. The game also marked the debuts of Australia’s Brad Hogg and India's David Johnson
  • 1998 - Sachin destroys Warne
    The first Test of the series, played at Chennai, is fondly remembered for Sachin Tendulkar’s majestic 155 during which he famously slog-swept Shane Warne with ease. India easily won the game by 179 runs
  • Azhar’s love affair with Eden continues
    India sealed the series at Kolkata with an emphatic win at Eden Gardens. Skipper Mohammad Azharuddin played another of his special knocks at the venue. His unbeaten 163 set up a massive innings and 219 run-win for the hosts. Did you know? Each of India’s top six batsmen registered scores in excess of 50 in this Test
  • Mike Kasporwicz makes a mark
    Although the series lost, Michael Kasprowicz ensured Australia were not blanked 3-0. His five-for in the second innings at Bangalore set up an easy eight-wicket win for the visitors. Did you know? The Test saw three debutants – India’s Harbhajan Singh and Australia’s Darren Lehmann and Adam Dale
  • 1999/2000
    The Tugga-Punter show: In the first Test of the series at Adelaide, the Aussies were in trouble at 52 for 4 before Ricky Ponting and Steve Waugh rescued them with contrasting tons. India’s batting faltered as they went down by 285 runs. Did you know? It was during this Test that Tendulkar was given out controversially, adjudged lbw off a Glenn McGrath bouncer
  • Brett Lee announces himself
    The Aussie speedster made an instant impact on debut, claiming seven wickets at Melbourne. India succumbed to another toothless defeat. Did you know? India’s Hrishikesh Kantikar was the other debutant in this match
  • A tale of two tons
    The Sydney Test is remembered for two contrasting centuries from either side. Justin Langer’s double hundred set up a 3-0 whitewash for Australia while VVS Laxman’s sublime 167 resurrected his sinking Test career
  • 2001
    Don of cricket no more: The 2001 series in India began on a sad note, with Sir Donald Bradman passing away just a couple of days before the first Test at Mumbai. Both teams observed a minute’s silence ahead of the Test
  • Hayden-Gilchrist dictate terms
    As if to pay tribute to the departed legend, Matthew Hayden and Adam Gilchrist came out all guns blazing at the Wankhede Stadium. Both blasted centuries as India’s batting flopped in both innings. The visitors eased to a 10-wicket win inside three days. Did you know? Michael Slater had a major argument with Rahul Dravid after the third umpire turned down an appeal for a catch by Slater
  • Very Very Special partnership
    Following on, India were on the verge of losing the series at Eden Gardens when VVS Laxman and Rahul Dravid combined in a memorable alliance that broke the back of Australia’s bowling. The historic win registered over a decade ago remains fresh in the minds of most Indian fans. Did you know? Laxman and Dravid batted out the entire day four, scoring 335 runs
  • Turbanator at his best
    If Kolkata was historic, Chennai was equally unforgettable. Harbhajan Singh single-handedly ran through the Australian batting line-up in both the innings, and also hit the winning runs under tense circumstances as Australia failed to conquer the final frontier in spite of a double hundred from Matthew Hayden. Did you know? Sairaj Bahutule and Sameer Dighe debuted in this Test
  • 2003/04 - Ganguly’s statement of intent
    Before the series kicked off Down Under, there were talks about ‘chin music’ being delivered to Sourav Ganguly. The Indian skipper silenced critics with a dogged ton in the rain-marred first Test at Brisbane, which ended in a draw. Did you know? Justin Langer registered a century and a duck in this game
  • Victory, at last!
    It had been 23 years since India had won a Test in Australia. The moment of glory finally came at Adelaide. Rahul Dravid, in arguably his best Test, notched up a painstaking double hundred in the first innings, and followed it up with an unbeaten half-century in the second, also hitting the winning runs. In between, Ajit Agarkar came up with his finest Test effort; his 6 for 41 in the second inning setting up the memorable victory. Did you know? This was Irfan Pathan’s debut Test
  • Ponting leads fightback
    His double century at Adelaide may have gone in vain, but Ricky Ponting came up with a brilliant 257 at Melbourne, and this time there was no stopping the Aussies. They squared the series with an easy win in spite of Virender Sehwag’s smashing 195
  • Steve Waugh bids fond farewell
    In a high-scoring draw at Sydney, Tugga left his impression, playing a typically gritty knock that rescued Australia from a somewhat precarious situation. India regained the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, but Waugh walked away with his head held high. Did you know? Following a lean spell, Tendulkar returned to form at Sydney, making an unbeaten 241
  • 2004 - 'Pup' stuns India
    Australia conquered the final frontier in India with a 2-1 win in a series that did not live up to the standards set in 2001. It had more to do with India’s failings with the bat and ball. Meanwhile, Australia discovered a new hero in Michael Clarke. The current skipper scored a memorable ton on debut in the first Test at Bangalore, which set the tone of the series
  • 2007/08 - Controversies galore
    India lost the first two Tests of the series at Melbourne and Sydney, but the defeats were marred by poor umpiring decisions, particularly at Sydney. Tempers flared as Monkeygate took centrestage, and the end result became pretty much irrelevant. Did you know? Clarke picked up three wickets in 5 balls at Sydney to shock India
  • Sensational comeback at Perth
    After everything that transpired at Sydney, India would have felt down and out. Somehow, under Anil Kumble’s inspirational leadership, India lifted themselves up to register an unexpected 72-run win at Perth. It was a complete team effort as Dravid and Laxman notched up half-centuries while Irfan Pathan came up with an all-round show
  • Sehwag’s resurrection
    The Adelaide Test is most remembered for Virender Sehwag’s uncharacteristic second-innings century, which not only helped India save the game, but also gave the opener’s career a second wind. It remains Sehwag’s last overseas Test hundred
  • 2008 - Two Indian stalwarts say goodbye
    The series in India saw two big names of Indian cricket bring down the curtains on their career. Anil Kumble quit following the draw in the third Test at Delhi while Sourav Ganguly walked away on a winning note, after the series-clinching triumph in the fourth Test at Nagpur
  • Double trouble for Australia
    The Test at Delhi saw Gautam Gambhir and Laxman flaying the Aussies en route to their double centuries
  • 2010 - VVS does it again
    As if Laxman hadn’t pulled off enough miracles against the Aussies, he was in his elements again in the first Test at Mohali. Chasing 216, India were in the doldrums at 124 for 8, but Laxman saw them home. Battling back spasms, he remained unconquered on 73. Did you know? Laxman batted with a runner, Suresh Raina, owing to a sore back
  • Pujara shows his mettle
    A weakened Australian side crumbled in the second Test at Bangalore as well. Although Sachin Tendulkar stole the show with double hundred, it was Cheteshwar Pujara’s second-innings half-century that was pivotal in India’s win
  • 2011/12 - An embarrassing whitewash
    India’s disastrous trip to Australia was all about the big guns coming to terms with their diminishing skills. Sehwag, Tendulkar, Dravid, Laxman and Gambhir, all had a torrid time, and the result was a 4-0 drubbing. Dravid and Laxman never played for India again
  • 2012/13 - India 'exact' 4-0 revenge
    Following a 4-0 drubbing the year before, the men in blue replied with a similar whitewash against the Aussies when they visited India. Opening batsman Murali Vijay and bowler Ravichandran Ashwin were the stars of the series. In a series that saw multiple double centuries including a great 224 by the Indian skipper MS Dhoni, it was Vijay and Ashwin who took the opposition by surprise. Vijay went on to score two double tons and was the highest run scorer, while Ashwin was the leading wicket taker of the series with 29 wickets as well as the Player of the series.
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In the build up to another prestigious clash between India and Australia in the upcoming Test series, we go back in time and look at memorable battles between the sides over the years in pictures

First Published: 22 February, 2017 14:22 IST