The Border–Gavaskar Trophy is a Test cricket series played between India and Australia. India currently holds the trophy after regaining it from Australia in the 2017 series which they won 2–1. The first edition was held in 1996 in which India won by seven wickets. The series is mostly a four test series with the exceptions being the first four editions and 2010.
About Border–Gavaskar Trophy in brief
The Border–Gavaskar Trophy is a Test cricket series played between India and Australia. India currently holds the trophy after regaining it from Australia in the 2017 series which they won 2–1. If the series is drawn, then the country holding the trophy previously retains it. The first edition was held in 1996 in which India won by seven wickets. The series is mostly a four test series with the exceptions being the first four editions and 2010. Sachin Tendulkar is the most successful batsman with 3262 runs from 65 innings for India. Indian bowler, Anil Kumble is themost successful bowler in the series with 111 wickets over 20 matches at an average of 30. 32. Australia and India had played each other 50 times in Tests in a 49-year period from 1947 to 1996. Out of these 50 Tests Australia had won 24 times, India had won 8 times, 1 Test was tied and the remaining 17 Tests were drawn. India has developed a reputation of being particularly difficult to beat at home, having lost only two test series since 1986–87. India had never managed to win a test series in Australia until 2018–19 series. In both 2000–01 and 2007–08, it was India who ended Australia’s runs of 16 consecutive test wins. The Test series held in India in 2000-01 was labelled the final frontier by Steven Waugh and it lived up to its reputation; it had the closest result in decades with India overpowering the mighty Australians in the final session of the final test at Chennai.
The 1996–97 one-off Test was the first series to be played under the Border-Gavasksar Trophy. This was played at the Feroz Shah Shah Kotla Ground in Delhi. The match, played from 10 to 14 October 1996, lasted just over four days. In Australia’s second innings, Steve Waugh scored 67 to get his team to 234 for the second innings. In India’s fourth innings, Nayan Mongia top scored with 56 to get India to 361, which they did in the fourth innings. This left Australia riding on Nayan’s best career’s best innings of 152, and they did not get out in the fifth innings. The final Test was played on October 14, 1996, and lasted just four days, with India winning by an innings and a half. In the fifth and final Test, Australia won the match by four wickets, which did not end until the sixth day. The last Test was held at the Adelaide Oval on October 16, 1998, with Australia winning by six wickets with Michael Slater top scoring with 44 runs. The game was played in the backdrop of the death of legendary Sir Donald Bradman who was quoted as saying that he was very much looking forward to the series and had high expectations of both the teams. It was also also the first Test to be Played in India. The following were all regular Tests between the two countries, before the series between theTwo countries were named after Border and GAvaskar.