Australia vs India 2018-19: 5 Records created during the Test series
India won their maiden Test series on Australian soil.
Updated - Jan 7, 2019 6:14 pm
The Border-Gavaskar Trophy, a name given to the Test series played between Australia and India, over the years has made a significant name for itself thus rated at par with the famous Ashes series (Australia-England Test series) in terms of competitiveness, aggression, fan attraction, and commitment.
It all started at the famous Eden Gardens in 2002 when India, forced to follow on by Aussies, went on to win the Test match on the back of VVS Laxman’s very special innings of 281 and from there on winning the series 2-1 against a very strong Australian line-up. Since then the Kangaroos have taken the series against India very seriously and the series itself has produced many memorable matches in the years to follow.
The current Border-Gavaskar Trophy of 2018-19 was no different. It started with Indians considered as favourites following a poor run of form for the Aussies in the year 2018 which was filled with controversies for them. After the ban imposed on the star players like Steve Smith and David Warner, following the “Sandpaper gate” saga, Paine, who was appointed the replacement skipper was unable to win a single Test before the series started and was in extreme pressure.
However, the 34-year-old gloveman was able to break his poor run of form captaining Australia by winning a Test match at Perth against India. But Kohli & Co. dominated the Test series right from the first match at the Adelaide Oval which they won by 31 runs. The visitors, after the loss in Perth in the second Test match, came back strongly winning the third Test at MCG quite convincingly and almost won the fourth Test at SCG had rain gods not intervened and washed off the Day 4 and Day 5 of the Test match.
Although the final reading of the series is 2-1 in favour of the visitors, India was in a position to even make it 3-1 but Australians were spared thanks to rain interruptions. In the midst of all this, the series will be remembered for the many records that were created and eclipsed. Let’s take a look at five records which were made in the Border-Gavaskar trophy 2019:
1. Virat Kohli became the 1st visiting captain to win a Test in South Africa, England and Australia:
Kohli & Co. started the Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2018-19 with a win in the Adelaide Test by 31 runs. With that win captain Kohli achieved a rare feat which no other visiting captain has been able to achieve thus far, to win a Test match each in South Africa, England, and Australia. Winning in these three countries is always considered a formidable task for a visiting team especially from sub continents because of the movement and less familiarity with the pitches.
The 30-year-old, regarded as the best batsman of his era, prior to winning the Adelaide Test, won a Test match in Trent Bridge (England) by 2013 runs and a Test match in Johannesburg (South Africa) by 63 runs. Under Kohli in 2018, India had been a wonderful visiting team playing a tough competitive brand of cricket and thanks to this winning mentality, this team has put to rest India’s reputation as poor travellers.