The Day Indian Cricket Team Created History
India’s men’s cricket team beat Australia to retain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy in one of the memorable wins in the history of Test cricket.
Chasing 328 on Tuesday, the final day at the Gabba stadium in Brisbane, Shubman Gill (91) and Rishabh Pant (unbeaten 89), aided by a gritty 56 by Cheteshwar Pujara, took Team India home with three wickets to spare.
Here are a few numbers that put the historic win in perspective:
Back-To-Back Series Wins After 70-Year Drought
India have visited Australia 14 times since their first official tour in 1947-48. The team lost that five-Test series 4-0. It had to wait 30 years, until 1977, to win its first Test on Australian soil. The first series win Down Under came only in 2018-19. From not having won a Test series in 70 years, India now has triumphed in back-to-back tours to Australia.
Australia’s 32-Year Dominance Ends
Australia were undefeated at the Gabba since 1988 when they lost to the West Indies. The hosts have since played 31 Tests at the ground, winning 24 and drawing the rest. That record was broken by Team India on Tuesday.
Highest Run Chase At Gabba
The last time a visiting team won at the Gabba by chasing a total was in 1978 when England chased 170 to defeat Australia by 7 wickets. Tuesday’s win by India was the highest successful run chase at the Gabba by any side.
India's Third-Highest Chase Ever
Team India had created history in 1976 when they chased 406 runs against the West Indies at Port of Spain. That remained a world record until the West Indies themselves surpassed it to chase 418 against Australia in 2003. Tuesday’s run chase is the third-highest by India in a Test, the second one being 387 at Chennai against England in 2008.
India Continue To Break Australia’s Record Streaks
India broke Australia’s record of 16 consecutive Test wins on two separate occasions—Kolkata (2001) and Perth (2008). In 2016, India also broke Australia’s record of 19 straight one-day international wins. Today’s Test win in Brisbane adds to that list.
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