The Indian Cricket Team is scheduled to play four Test matches against Australia in Australia from the 6th of December. In the last two decades, India and Australia have produced some of the greatest matches of all time. Their rivalry has created countless moments every cricket fan can cherish.
Sachin's Perth knock in 1992, the Eden magic by Dravid-Laxman duo, Australia's maiden series win in India in 2003, the monkey-gate scandal, India's Perth win are a few of the key events which are etched in the memories of fans and cricket lovers.
Except for one instance in 2003 where Australia won a series in India, at all other times, the home team dominated the series between these two nations in India. On the other hand, India hasn't managed to win a single Test Series in Australia in the past five decades.
There are a few Indian batsmen who have always been a thorn in the flesh of the Baggy Greens. Here is the list of five Indian batsmen who tormented the Australian Cricket Team:
#5 Gundappa Viswanath
Gundappa Viswanath was one of the finest cricketers India produced in the '70s. He always exhibited his best cricket against the Australian team. While his career average stood at 41.93, his average against Australia was around 53.03.
The Karnataka-born cricketer played 18 games against Australia scoring 1538 runs which include four massive hundreds. The right-handed batsman was consistently performing well against his favorite opponents, scoring 50-plus scores in 13 out of his 18 games.
Viswanath, nicknamed "Vishy", played a major part in India's famous win at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) in 1981, where he scored a match-winning hundred. He was also adjudged the Man of the Match for helping India win the match by 59 runs.
#4 Sunil Gavaskar
Sunil Gavaskar is widely regarded as one of the greatest Test batsmen ever to have played this beautiful game. Gavaskar, nicknamed as "Sunny", was always at his best when he played against the Australian Cricket team. The Little Master played 20 matches against Australia, scoring 1550 runs at an impressive average of 51.67 runs per match.
The Mumbaikar's ability to easily handle the fast bowlers helped him dominate the games even in alien territories. Against Australia, he scored eight centuries from his 31 innings. It included three consecutive centuries in Australia in 1977. His century at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) during the same series earned a rare away-win for India in Australia.
The Test series between India and Australia has been called "The Border-Gavaskar Trophy" since 1996 to honor the contribution of this Indian legend to World Cricket.
#3 Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli has given a new definition of consistency and domination in the game of cricket. The Indian captain stormed into limelight when he scored a famous hundred at the Adelaide Oval in 2012.
In the next game in India at MA Chidambaram stadium, the Delhi superstar scored another hundred against Australia proving to the world that he is not just a one-match wonder.
The Delhi-born cricketer established himself as one of the best players in the world through his breathtaking performance since then. When India visited Australia in 2014, all eyes were on the champion batsman. In the four matches that he played, he scored 692 runs at an average of 86.50, scoring four vital centuries.
Kohli played 15 games Australia scoring 1322 at an average of 50.85. He has scored six centuries and three fifties from his 27 innings against the Baggy Greens.
#2 V.V.S Laxman
V.V.S. Laxman is currently the second-highest run-scorer for India against Australia. There is no sounder quote to describe "Very Very Special" Laxman than Harsha Bhogle's famous one-liner, "Always the Artist, Never the Superstar".
Laxman was one of the most elegant batsmen ever to play this fine game. Very few can flick a ball more beautifully than Laxman. He played for 14 years representing India 29 times against Australia. The Telangana-born cricketer scored 2434 runs at an average close to 50 per game.
He played one of the greatest innings of all time at Edens Gardens, when Australia visited India in 2001. He helped India win the Eden Gardens Test from a follow-on position by scoring a record 281 runs in the 3rd innings. He played an equally good knock at Adelaide, scoring 148 against Australia, scripting a famous Indian win on Australian soil.
#1 Sachin Tendulkar
Sachin Tendulkar, one of the greatest batsmen of all time, was one player who always tormented Australia during their golden era. The Baggy Greens dominated world cricket for almost two decades since 1990. However, the Master Blaster was always a thorn in their flesh.
The God of Indian cricket played 39 Test matches for India against Australia during his 22-year Test career. He amassed 3630 runs at an impressive average of 55.00. The champion batsman scored 11 centuries and 16 fifties from his 74 innings against Australia.
His incredible knock of 148* on a pacer-friendly Perth wicket in 1992 kick-started the era of the cricketing legend. His match-winning hundred at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in 2001, where he annihilated Shane Warne, still lingers in the memory of every Indian fan. Sachin played one of his best knocks at the SCG where he scored an unbeaten 241 against the mighty Australian bowling line-up.
The Master Blaster is arguably the best opponent the Australian team has ever faced.