When Sourav Ganguly tamed Australia of their Gabba Fortress

When Sourav Ganguly tamed Australia in their Gabba Fortress

India had arrived in Australia for the 2003/04 nonetheless being the ‘Tigers at Dwelling and Lambs Overseas’ tag. In 2002, they’d executed a good bit to dispel the notion that they had been robust solely at residence after drawing a collection in England. Once they got here to Australia, the state of affairs was totally different. Australia had been the world champions and India had not gained a Take a look at in opposition to them since 1981 and an ODI of their den since 1991. The percentages had been extremely in opposition to the Indian cricket team. To prime all of it, the primary Take a look at was in Australia’s fortress of Brisbane the place they’d not misplaced a Take a look at match for the final 15 years.

Steve Waugh was baying for revenge after his run of 16 consecutive wins was stopped in a historic collection in India in 2001 and it was the exploits of VVS Laxman and Harbhajan Singh that helped India win the collection 2-1 after being 0-1 down. Australia began off brilliantly with Justin Langer scoring a century after being caught off a no-ball by Aakash Chopra off Ashish Nehra.

Langer managed a century however Zaheer Khan stole the present with 5/75 as Australia had been bowled out for 323. In response, India had been tottering at 62/3, with Jason Gillespie getting the large wickets of Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar in a controversial method because of an error by umpire Steve Bucknor.

Ganguly to the fore

Sourav Ganguly arrived with a lot at stake for India. On his earlier tour to Australia in 1991/92, Ganguly didn’t get his profession off to an ideal begin and he didn’t make it again to the Indian cricket staff for 5 years. Right here, Ganguly was the captain and he knew he needed to make an announcement if India had been to not be thrashed by Australia.

Unfurling magnificent drives and reduce pictures in opposition to an Australian assault that had no Glenn McGrath or Shane Warne however however potent, Ganguly blazed away to glory on the Gabba. Ganguly discovered nice assist in VVS Laxman and their 146-run stand helped India close to Australia’s complete. Laxman fell for 75 however Sourav Ganguly continued and when he flicked Stuart MacGill for a boundary, he reached his century and the celebrations had been magnificent. He lastly fell for 144 as India took an 86-run lead.

Sourav Ganguly had seemed Australia within the eye and identical to 2001, he determined to dictate the collection on his personal phrases. Rain spoiled what would have been an intriguing recreation however India had made an announcement. Within the subsequent Take a look at in Adelaide, India broke 22 years of ache as they gained the Take a look at by 4 wickets because of Rahul Dravid’s 233 and 72*. Though they misplaced the Melbourne Take a look at from a successful place, India had Australia on the ropes in Sydney because of Sachin Tendulkar’s good 241 and Anil Kumble’s 12 wickets. Australia held on for a draw and the collection was degree 1-1. It was the best second for the staff at the moment and the inspiration of India’s fearless cricket was laid down in Brisbane when Ganguly hit a century.


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