India against Australia is a fixture we all crave for. This is not a match; it is pride, it is passion and it is history. Yes, history. Clock back and you will find numerous incidents where this fixture pumped us to almost kill an opposition player.
Rewind to 2007 when Murali Kartik took 6/23 in the 7th ODI and we thought that we have Australia is within our grips and then followed the Indian collapse which scrapped past us the 191 run mark by just a wicket. The celebration was big, as big as Modi Ji winning election!
Then came Ricky Ponting’s statement of India winning the inaugural T20 ICC T20 World Cup in South Africa was a fluke and then our Mahi and Yuvi smacked them in the lone T20 of that series.
However, at the same time, this matchup has given us tears as well. The CB series of 2004, the ICC Champions trophy 2005 and 2009, the multiple ODI series defeat in India and the humiliating triangular series exit in 2013 and many more; the smallest continent in the world has broken many hearts of the highly populated nation of Asia.
Still, there are a few incidents or rather moments that stand out for everyone; let’s refresh our memories with them-
1- Aussies are a pal of Roger Lal in 1983:
Whoever has seen this World Cup or has heard about this game will know what this victory meant to everyone. After losing India lost the first fixture; in the return fixture, India had the last laugh. The team posted a mammoth(in that time) 247 then came the carnage of Roger Binny and Madan Lal.
The two shared 8 wickets with 49 runs between them in 16 overs with an average economy of 2.5. Outrageous, isn’t it? Rarely people know that this was not only a moral victory but also a motivating victory which became changed the way India saw themselves in this tournament.
2- Generosity can cost you at times:
If you are generous and help every time then please, beware of the fact that it can cost you. Ask Kapil Dev, he will tell you a good story.
The match went smoothly until Dean Jones lofted Maninder Singh over the boundary which Ravi Shastri claimed to be a four and Dicky Bird, the umpire, supported it.
But followed was huff and puff from the Aussie management who claimed it to be a six and when the matter was taken to Kapil Dev with all his good-will and sportsmanship allowed the match referee to convert a four into a six which eventually cost India the match by 1 run.
3- Dada’s nawabi phele aap:
Though Dada is known for his tiger-like nature. However, in the 2003 World Cup, he chose the wrong moment to be a Lucknow Nawab. In the final, he won the toss and allowed the Aussie side to take control of the game. To make worse Zaheer’s nervous energy broke-out and he ended up sledging the kangaroo openers and gave vicious 15 runs in an over. If that was not enough, the 234 runs partnership between Ricky Ponting Damien Martyn changed the game completely before Glen Mcgrath triggered the Indian collapse.
So, check the person and the situation before you decide to become a Lucknow Nawab to someone.
4- Yuvi rides the kangaroos in Ahmedabad for a jalebi-fafda:
This was considered the biggest block in the path of India’s dream run. In the hot temperature, Ricky Ponting invited Gary Kirsten’s men to bowl and India had a nervous start.
The duo of Watson and Haddin got off to the best possible start and then, Ponting reminded billions of Indians of what he did to them in 2003 before David Hussey took men in yellow to 260 in 50 overs.
India got off to a scary start and the daunting memories of the 2003 World Cup final started to come back. However, this time, Yuvraj stood tall between India and Australia’s ambition of making it 4 World Cups in a row. The all-rounder with the help of Suresh Raina took the game away from Australia.
Thus, forcing Ricky Ponting to break LED screens in the dressing room.