For years, India vs Australia Test series has been billed as a battle between India’s batting and Australia’s batting. But the most phenomenal spells of bowling by India Down Under almost sweeps under the carpet.
However, there is no shortage of memorable innings played by Indian batsmen in Australia, but the list is not that big when it comes to bowling performances.
Over the years, each time India had performed well in Tests against Australia, their bowlers have had an enormous role to play. Here is a recap of stand-out performances by Indian bowlers.
Kapil Dev (5/28 in Melbourne, 1981)
In 1981 Kapil Dev’s heroics in the second innings managed to draw the Test series in the final Test of the series in Melbourne. Kapil started the series with a five-wicket-haul in Sydney, but India lost the match. The second Test in Adelaide ending in a draw, so India need to win the Melbourne test to draw the series.
India’s premier fast bowler Kapil Dev whose sensational five-wicket haul in Australia seal the deal for India. Kapil took the wickets of Bruce Yardley, Allan Border, and Rodney Marsh to finish with immaculate figures of 5/28.
Ajit Agarkar (6/41 in Adelaide, 2003)
Rahul Dravid’s scintillating double-century and VVS Laxman’s century in the first innings lead India to a strong reply of 523 to Australia’s 556 and then Ajit Agarkar’s magnificent spell in the second inning that allowed India to register their first Test win on Australia soil after 22 years.
However, Agarkar claimed 6/41to crumbled the Australian batting line up. He took the wicket of opening batsman Justin Langer and double centurion from the first innings, Ricky Ponting, for a duck.
Anil Kumble (8/141 in Sydney, 2004)
2004 Sydney test always belong to Sachin Tendulkar, but it wouldn’t have been possible for India except Anil Kumble. After Tendulkar’s unbeaten 241 runs, India set a mammoth 705/7 and declared. The sensational leg-spinner Kumble picked up the eight out of 10 wickets to fall to finish with 8/141 from 46.5 overs.
Irfan Pathan (3/54 in Perth, 2008)
In 2008, on the bouncy, fire-spitting pitch of Perth, when India beat Australia by 72 runs, it was one of Indian cricket’s most remarkable comebacks. When Indian batsmen set a job for Australia 413 runs to get in the fourth innings, it was Pathan who dented the host’s chase early, removing Chris Rogers and Phil Jacques. Pathan took three wickets as Australia were bowled out for 340 and India seal the deal.
Jasprit Bumrah (6/33 in Melbourne, 2018)
Jasprit Bumrah was just six Tests old when he toured Australia, and without Steve Smith and David Warner, India had a starting advantage. But things are not going to be easy. After the series was levelled 1-1 heading into the finals India post 443/7 on the board and in reply Bumrah claimed 6/33 and Australia were bowled out in 151.
However, India declared the second innings on 101/8. Still, the 399-run target proved enough for India as Australia were bowled out for 261 and India lead the series by 2-1 and draw the Sydney match for a historic Test series win.
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