No doubt India and Pakistan form one of the most sought-after rivalries of modern-era cricket and is definitely at par with the Ashes but there is one more team with which India has had a long history of nerve-wracking games that can make you skip a beat;
Here is a list of the 10 most amazing cricket matches played between India & Australia.
Sachin’s one-man show
This was the fifth ODI between India and Australia in 2009 and it showed us what Tendulkar can do. With Australia putting up a hefty score of 351 to chase, thanks to Shane Watson, Shaun Marsh. Sachin dismantled the whole Australian bowling attack. He scored a mighty 175 with seven batsmen not even reaching a double-digit score. India was not able to capitalize on the set target and lost by a mere 3 runs.
Storm in Sharjah
“The little man has hit the big fella for six! He’s half his size!” This line by Tony Grieg will forever be etched in the memory of all those who saw the storm that came.
In the 1998 Coca-Cola Cup, a virtual semifinal Australia was the first one to bat and a brilliant 81 from Mark Waugh and a century from Mark Bevan lead to 285 for India to chase. Tendulkar started the batting and amasses a score of 145 with the other end going down constantly.
Sachin annihilated the whole Australian bowling and despite the original storm that hit Sharjah that day, he went on only to be given out caught behind, he surpassed his previous best of 137. Though India lost the match but still made it to the Coca-Cola final.
The arrival of Yuvraj
It was ICC Knockout Trophy 2000 and India was not the favorites. Sachin once again set the tone of the match by first taking apart Glenn McGrath with three sixes and two fours.
But to everyone’s surprise, it was the day of 18 years old, Yuvraj Singh playing his first ODI innings. He on that very day showed why he is one of the modern-day greats; he single-handedly took the whole team to a respectable score of 265/9 in 50 overs with a blistering knock of 84 with forty-eight of them coming off boundaries.
Yuvraj later played a vital role in the field with first a catch of Ian Harvey and then running out the consistent Mike Bevan and lead India to a win by 20 runs.
The magic at Eden
Considered as to be the greatest test match of all times. The match led to the rise of Indian cricket back from the ashes, the fall of the Australian streak.
The match started with an opening stand of 103 between Matthew Hayden and Michael Slater. Hayden was closing on a brilliant hundred but was stopped by Harbhajan Singh who took 5 wickets including a hat-trick. Steve Waugh was in a different mood and went on to score his 25th International century taking Australia to 445.
Coming in to bat too high hopes, India put on a dismal show with a collapse and ended their first innings at 171 with only VVS Laxman putting on a respectable score of 59.
India was told to follow on. Indian players showed some determination with some good scores here and there but no was able to put on big scores other than Laxman, fall of wickets continued till Dravid came and told us why was he called “The Wall”. India went on to score 657/7 with Laxman scoring 281 and Dravid a solid 180.
Australia was in no mood to give up and quickly raced to 166/3. Then Harbhajan came in to bowl, he sent back Waugh and Ponting putting some hopes for Indians. Tendulkar was brought into the attack, he dismissed Hayden, Adam Gilchrist and Warne in a quick fashion. Harbhajan took out the rest of the batting. India stopped Australia at 212 and went on to win the series 2-1. An end to Australian dominance over world cricket.
The penultimate Perth Test
This match was happening under the aegis of what was one of the most bitter time of Indian cricket. Coming from being a victim of poor umpiring and lack of sportsmanship from Australia.
India included Sehwag in the team and gave RP Singh a chance to rub his boots. With some good batting from the batsman clubbed with some quality bowling from Irfan Pathan and RP Singh. India went on to win the test and ended Australia’s streak of winning 16 matches in a row.