On this day in 2021, India registered a famous win against Australia at the iconic Gabba Stadium, Brisbane ending their 32-year winning run. The 4-match Test series did not begin well for the Men in Blue side as they were bowled out for 36 runs in the first Test of the series and they were slammed for the lowest total in the history of the test match cricket. In the second Test, they lost their regular captain Virat Kohli who went back home for family reasons.
Ajinkya Rahane led the side in the 2nd Test and he led the team from the front scoring a brilliant hundred at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne and helped India to win the test match as well. After drawing the series in the third test the Aussies came all guns blazing with Steve Smith scoring a hundred. But with bruises and injury, Hanuma Vihari and Ravichandran Ashwin stood out for the last two days and drew the test match.
The series then went on for the fourth and final test at the Gabba where the Aussies did not lose a game in 32 years. The India cricket team was battered and bruised, with Virat Kohli, Jasprit Bumrah, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, and Hanuma Vihari all unavailable for selection. A new squad with the likes of Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur and T Natarajan got in place. All these three picked three wickets each in the first innings.
India creates history
The visitors restricted the hosts for 369 runs with Marnus Labuschagne scoring a hundred. On the other hand, Rahane's side was bowled out for 336 runs. With Thakur and Sundar stitching a 123-run partnership for the 7th wicket. In the second innings of the Kangaroos, they were bundled out for 294 runs and the young side had to chase a target of 328 runs.
A young Shubman Gill showed his talent down under playing a brilliant 91-run innings against the likes of Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazelwood and Pat Cummins. Rishabh Pant was the hero for the side as he played a knock of 89 runs and helped the side to win a historic feat against the Aussies.