India vs Australia. The Border-Gavaskar trophy.
In 2018, Virat Kohli and his men arrived in Australia with one of the strongest teams that have ever visited the land of pace and bounce. In the span of almost 30 days from December 6 to January 7, 2018, team India had become the first-ever team to defeat Australia in Australia. A pretty big achievement for the men in blue dressed in white. The history was created in the Border-Gavaskar trophy with India winning the series 2-1.
2020. The year, Australia and India are again scheduled to play the Border-Gavaskar trophy in Australia. India, being the current holders of the trophy will be the more confident side of the two but they have a few problems this time.
The white-ball leg of the tour is already ended. Australia have won the ODI series 2-1 while Indians wrapped up the white-ball leg with a 2-1 victory in the T20I series. Now awaits the Test cricket and the Border-Gavaskar trophy.
The Test series will begin on December 17 and will run all the way till January 19. The fixtures are as follows,
- 1st Test Match: 17-21 December, Day-Night, Adelaide Oval, Adelaide
- 2nd Test Match: 26-30 December, Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne
- 3rd Test Match: 7-11 January, Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney
- 4th Test Match: 15-19 January, The Gabba, Brisbane
The first test will begin at the Adelaide Oval and that will be the first day-night away game for the Indians. Australia are so far unbeaten in all the day-night games that they have played.
Rohit, Ishant injuries
Comparing to the triumphant visit and team of 2018, there were pretty notable performances from almost each individual during the four Test matches. Rohit Sharma and Ishant Sharma were also part of the squads. Rohit has reignited his Test career lately while Ishant is an important member of the Test setup over the years for team India. Now, what Virat Kohli will do in their absence? That remains to be seen.
Both the injured players were part of their respective franchises in the IPL, which took place in the UAE with Rohit Sharma’s Mumbai Indians emerged as the winner for the 5th time. Unfortunately, both of them got injured on their way. Ishant was completely ruled out of the event after playing just one match while Rohit picked up the injury during the tournament and eventually returned in action to play the final and lead his team to the victory.
It is still unclear, as was also described by Virat Kohli that when will Rohit Sharma return or will he take part in the Border-Gavaskar trophy or not. The same applies to Ishant Sharma, we don’t know when the pair will return in action.
Virat Kohli saga
Virat Kohli has always enjoyed the battles against the best quality bowlers in the most difficult of the pitches. Being captain of the Test side, you expect your top player to perform in every match. A dominant force for almost every match, every series, every tournament. But guess what, Virat Kohli will not be the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Test match.
Yes, that is true. Virat Kohli will only play the 1st Test match at the Adelaide Oval and after that, he will leave the Australian continent and head back to his wife who is due to give birth to their first child.
A great news for the Kohli-family but team India will have to be absolute best in the absence of their regular captain. Ajinkya Rahane will captain India in the absence of Kohli.
Day-Night Adelaide Fixture
Australia and India are due to play the first Test match of the series under the lights which is their first such fixture against each other. A record for both the teams so far playing with the pink ball is;
- Australia: Played 7, Won 7
- India: Played 1, Won 1
Australia were the first team to play the day-night fixture in 2015 and so far they have played it seven times, the most by any team. On the other hand, India have played only one day-night fixture, and that too against Bangladesh in India. So, that’ll be an important factor in the build-up of the series. Australia are definitely the more experienced side in playing the day-night game.