One of the biggest rivalries when it comes to cricket has always been India vs Australia matches and this year as the Indian Cricket team goes down under, the pulse will be raising, hearts will be stopping and jaws will be dropping when two mighty teams will contest in the greatest cricketing season playing 3 ODIs, 3 T20Is and 4 Test matches. The last time India vs Australia contested in a test series in Australia, India won 2-1 and created history under the captaincy of Virat Kohli. This time around, the task will be a little tricky considering the overall form of both teams.
Ind vs Aus ODI Series
The Ind vs Aus ODI series will take place from 27th November to December 2nd and would last for 3 matches in Sydney & Canberra with the first 2 matches in SCG and the last game at the Manuka Oval.
Ind vs Aus Squads
India Squad:- Mayank Agarwal, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli(c), Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul(w), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Navdeep Saini, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal, Manish Pandey, Sanju Samson, Kuldeep Yadav, Shardul Thakur, T Natarajan, Shubman Gill
Australia Squad:- David Warner, Aaron Finch(c), Steven Smith, Marcus Stoinis, Marnus Labuschagne, Alex Carey(w), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood, Moises Henriques, Matthew Wade, Sean Abbott, Ashton Agar, Andrew Tye, Cameron Green, Daniel Sams.
Ind vs Aus LIVE telecast of the ODI series will be on the Sony network and will stream live on Sony LIV app.
Ind vs Aus Head To Head In ODIs
India have won 4 out of 11 ODIs vs Australia in Australia while the home side have prevailed 7 times since the year 2015. The series will be evenly balanced with quality players from both sides and it will be interesting to see who comes out on top at the end of the 3-match ODI series.
Ind vs Aus T20I Series
The Ind vs Aus T20I series will take place from 4th December to 8th December and would last for 3 matches in Sydney & Canberra with the last 2 matches in SCG and the first game at the Manuka Oval.
Ind vs Aus Squads
India Squad:- Virat Kohli (Captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Mayank Agarwal, KL Rahul (vice-captain), Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Hardik Pandya, Sanju Samson, Ravindra Jadeja/Shardul Thakur, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammad Shami, Navdeep Saini, Deepak Chahar, T Natarajan
Australia squad:- Aaron Finch (Captain), Sean Abbott, Ashton Agar, Alex Carey, Cameron Green, Josh Hazlewood, Moises Henriques, Marnus Labuschagne, Glenn Maxwell, Daniel Sams, D’Arcy Short, Steven Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Andrew Tye, Matthew Wade, Adam Zampa
Ind vs Aus Head To Head In T20Is
India have won 7 out of 11 ODIs vs Australia in Australia while the home side have prevailed 4 times since the year 2007. India have had an upper hand in the shortest format of the game and would like to continue their dominance over Australia this time around as well.
Ind vs Aus LIVE telecast of the T20I series will be on the Sony network and will stream live on Sony LIV app.
Ind vs Aus Test Series
The Ind vs Aus Test series will take place from 17th December to 19th January and would last for 4 matches in Adelaide, Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane respectively.
Ind vs Aus Test Squads
India Squad: Prithvi Shaw, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli(c), Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant, Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Navdeep Saini, Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav, KL Rahul, Shubman Gill, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Siraj, Wriddhiman Saha(w), Kuldeep Yadav.
Australia Squad: Joe Burns, Marcus Harris, Marnus Labuschagne, Steven Smith, Travis Head, Cameron Green, Tim Paine(w/c), Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Matthew Wade, Josh Hazlewood, Moises Henriques, James Pattinson, Michael Neser, Mitchell Swepson, Pat Cummins.
Ind vs Aus Head To Head In Tests
India have won the Border Gavaskar test series 8 times while Australia have only won 5 times since the year 1996. In 2018, India won the test series for the first time ever in Australia under Virat Kohli’s captaincy and that has made Australia his fans down under. Prior to the tour Kohli has been given a special suite for his stay in Australia.
Ind vs Aus LIVE telecast of the Test series will be on the Sony network and will stream live on Sony LIV app.
The high voltage drama between India and Australia has always been an eye catcher especially when India vs Australia has happened in Australia down under. The India vs Australia rivalry brings back a lot of endless memories when it comes to any form of the game. There has always been sledging, banter, controversies and even some great show of sportsmanship on the field between these 2 countries. Let us take a look at some of the top India vs Australia memories and moments from down under that will take you to a memory down the lane.
Dada Leads from the Front: Brisbane 2003-04
India was touring the farewell series of Steve Waugh and began their campaign in Brisbane. After Justin Langer’s dominating century it was Zak who brought us back into the game picking up a fifer. Australia went on to make 323 in their first innings. After getting a modest start from Viru & Akash Chopra it was Sourav Ganguly, the then Captain who took charge and showed Australia why he was the ‘God of the offside’. The southpaw hit a brilliant century which till date is told to be one of the best test innings of the era and along with Laxman (75), he brought the roof down with a brilliant 144. India went on to successfully draw the test match.
A Historic Love Story: Rahul Dravid & Adelaide 2003
After having been dismissed for just 1 in the first innings of the 1st test Test match, Rahul Sharad Dravid never looked back in that tour. In Adelaide came his moment where he scored the best test innings of the decade of 2000-2009 smashing the likes of Gillespie, Williams, McGill & Bichel to all sides of the park reaching his double century. Dravid made 233 & 72* in the second innings that sealed the test match for India as they were victorious for the first time in a test match after 22 years. Dravid, his winning square cut to Simon Katich, and his celebration will always be etched in every cricket fan’s memory.
Very Very Special Rival for Australia: Since Forever
Playing second fiddle all this while was a batsman who had always been a nightmare for the Kangaroos: VVS Laxman. After the innings of 281 in Eden Gardens 2001, Australia never recovered from the Laxman factor. In the 2003-04 tour Laxman kept the Aussies guessing whether it was the test matches or the ODIs, he smashed hundreds in all formats in the tour. Numbers like 75,143 in test matches and then 103*, 106* in the ODIs made sure his wrists were doing the talking. For the very first time, the most dominating team on the planet had no answers to a crafty Indian middle-order batsman.
The Yuvi Show & Brett Lee’s Heartbreaking Six, Sydney ODI 2003
Swashbuckling shots, flamboyant cover drives, and those eyes getting lit up when the spinners were on; Yuvraj Singh(139) owned the Sydney show and along with VVS got a 200-run stand do the talking. The rain-affected game saw a revised target from 297 down to 225 in 34 overs. Gilchrist(95) & Ricky Ponting(42) upped the run-rate and made sure they cruise to the target. But the drama seemed to toil up as young Irfan Pathan & Ganguly picked 3 wickets each along with a run out of Harvey & Michael Bevan’s dismissal. 11 needed off the last 6 but Laxmipathy Balaji gave a little room good enough for Brett Lee to smash him over mid-off for six. Australia won the game with one ball left leaving the 40,000 crowds over their feet some heartbroken while some ecstatic.
Discipline 101 ft. Sachin Tendulkar, Sydney Test 2003
The master blaster was having a nightmare of a series with the bat scoring just one 40+ score and multiple ducks in the first 3 tests. However, he delivered in the Adelaide test as a bowler. The conversations began, “Sachin Tendulkar has been a bowler in this tournament!” A great story came to rise when Sachin had a conversation with his brother Ajit Tendulkar a night before the Sydney Test match who advised him not to play the cover drive, his favorite shot because otherwise there was nothing wrong with his technique and shot-making in the tour. Sachin went on to score 241*, his highest overseas test score at the time. God of cricket for a reason!
The Monkeygate Scandal: Bhajji vs Symonds 2007
When two powerhouses clash, it usually becomes a huge controversy. During the second test at Sydney under Anil Kumble’s captaincy, a similar spark got ignited between Harbhajan Singh and Andrew Symonds. Earlier that year, Symonds was racially abused by the Indian crowd with monkey chants so he was already fired up against the opposition. On the third day of the test match, Harbhajan had banter with Brett Lee who nearly got the better of him. Symonds came in and started cursing the turbanator to which Bhajji cursed him back and according to Symond’s statement: Bhajji called him a monkey. Later in his autobiography, Sachin Tendulkar who was batting at the other end cleared the air stating that the off-spinner had used north Indian slang and not racial abuse.
The Umpiring Controversy: Sydney Test 2007-08
A total of 9 wrong decisions were made in this test match which eventually led to an Australian victory but it was a loss to the game of Cricket. The entire cricketing fraternity was deeply embarrassed after Mark Benson & Steve Bucknor’s grave decisions against the Indian cricket team. Mark Benson was even seen confirming from the Australian skipper regarding the dismissal of Sourav Ganguly even when the ball was completely grounded. Sunil Gavaskar was heard saying in commentary, “I am sorry Mr. Benson you’ve got it all wrong!” The test match is infamous for this controversy so much so that the Indian team even thought of pulling out of the tour, Australia was questioned by their own media in terms of integrity & eventually, the ICC had to intervene to help the tour continue.
The Revenge Test: Perth 2007-08
After so many controversies, when the tour reached the 3rd test at Perth, India was all set to seek revenge and so they did! Rahul Dravid & Sachin Tendulkar played amazingly well at the WACA in the first innings scoring 93 & 71 after initial hiccups taking the score to 330. Australia in reply could only manage 212 after RP Singh, Pathan, Kumble & Ishant Sharma derailed their complete batting order. In the 2nd innings Australia got hammered by Sehwag, Pathan(night watchman), Laxman & MSD that made the target(413) eventually out of their reach. The match was closed by some classic Indian bowling as Australia could only manage 340. During this match only, Anil Kumble claimed his 600th test scalp in the form of Andrew Symonds.
The Finisher Arrives in Style: MS Dhoni 112 Meter Six, Adelaide 2012
What does calmness look like? How to be calm under pressure situations? What does supreme confidence look like? You search these terms and you might just get this video popup on your video feed. After a strong foundation laid out by Gautam Gambhir (92), India was chasing a target of 270 against Australia at the Adelaide Oval. Barring Gauti, no one really stepped up to the occasion, and then in came MS Dhoni who was playing it cool and calm saving it for the absolute last over. 13 needed off the last and Ashwin managed to give the strike to his Captain. MS hit another one which went to the fielder, denying the run it was the legendary Tony Grieg on commentary exclaiming: “How’s that for confidence!” 3rd delivery of the over and in comes to Clint McCay steaming in Dhoni rocks back smashes it with all his might and there she goes 14 rows back into probably the biggest boundary of entire Australia. 6 needed off 3 and eventually, Dhoni wins the game for the team with a ball to spare.
Kohli-Puji-Pant Domination in 2018
From stump mic conversations to classic pace bowling and some unbelievable overseas batting from some of the youngest players of the Indian contingent, this series was remembered as India’s complete domination over Australia for the very first time in a zillion years. Not only was he a rockstar behind the mic sledging ‘Temporary Captain’ Tim Paine but Rishabh Pant scored 159 in just 135 balls at the WACA. Virat Kohli already has 7 centuries against the Aussies and he did not spare them in this tour with his bat doing the talking celebration. About Cheteshwar Pujara? Well, as they say, he just batted, and batted and batted and then batted some more cruising to 3 centuries in the process.