With Australia’s leading cricketers nowhere in the picture, the chances for an Indian triumph over the Australian soil looks all the more prominent in the forthcoming events. Whether that happens after putting in a sublime effort or without resorting to many measures is something which couldn’t be expected at the moment, but, what could be anticipated are some majestic run tallies from Kohli’s XI which could fathom a long way in clinching an Indian conquest. On that note, let’s have a look at the 5 of India’s biggest Test totals versus Australia in the games played to date.
5 of India’s biggest Test totals versus Australia
5. India – 1st innings – 600/4d in 169 overs at Sydney
It all happened during the 3rd Test of India’s tour of Australia in 1986 when an Indian side managed to shake the mighty Australian unit in their own tent. The trio of K Srikkanth (116), Sunil Gavaskar (172) and M Amarnath (138) managed to baffle the Border’s XI, the bemusement of which continued with the performances from skipper Kapil Dev ( 42) and Mohd. Azharuddin (59).
Australia took the challenge on their chin and whacked a total of 396 and 119/6 until the game had to declared by both the competing units. It was one of India’s biggest Test totals versus Australia for more than a decade till surpassed by them in 1998.
Result- Match Drawn.
4. India – 2nd innings – 603/9d in 210 overs at Ranchi
Border-Gavaskar 2017 may not have been a pleasant series for the Indian skipper Virat Kohli, but, hopefully, nothing of that sort affected their team’s performance. Batting first, the touring Australian side had raked in a mighty tally of 451 on board and were eyeing to clinch a series win, the plans of which were thwarted by the Indian side, owing to some brain-drenching performances from Cheteshwar Pujara ( 202) , KL Rahul (67) and Murali Vijay (82), along with an equally sublime exhibitions from wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha (117) and Ravindra Jadeja (54) down the middle
Result- Match Drawn.
3. India- 2nd innings – 633/5d in 159 overs at Kolkata
Eden Gardens has been home to some of the biggest set totals in the history of Indian cricket. During Australia’s tour of India in 1998-99, India decimated the Australian unit for a paltry total of 233 then dismantled their bowling side by showcasing some remarkable batting prowess. The top order’s nerve whacking performance laid a concrete foundation for the Indian victory which resulted in them amassing 633 in total.
The likes of Navjot Siddhu (95), VVS Laxman (97), Rahul Dravid (86) and Sachin Tendulkar (79) lifted the Indian unit to a sublime total, followed by an impeccable captain’s knock from Mohd. Azharuddin (163) which eventually led to India shatter few records in the process.
Result- India won by an innings and 219 runs.
2. India – 3rd innings – 657/7d in 178 overs at Kolkata
India’s rise in the world of Test cricket could be easily accounted for their exhibition in the game Border-Gavaskar 2000-01 Kolkata which goes down as one of the most memorable Test matches to have been played in the cricketing history.
After being bowled out on 171 at the hands of Glenn McGrath, Shane Warne, and Jason Gillespie, the hosts managed to pile a catastrophic total of 657 during the 3rd innings of their duel which wouldn’t have been possible without the ram slamming performances from VVS Laxman (281) and Rahul Dravid( 180) in the first place.
Result- India won by 171 runs.
1. India – 1st Innings- 705/7d in 185.3 overs at Sydney
The Border-Gavaskar 2003-04 witnessed some quintessential performances from the touring Indian unit which led to them set a platonic total of 705 on board at the expense of 7 wickets during thier 1st innings play. Courtesy the astounding performances from the Master Blaster Sachi Tendulkar (248) and our very very special VVS Laxman (178), India did manage to rattle the Australian cages. Major credits to the swashbuckling opening duo of Aakash Chopra (45) and Virender Sehwag (72) for sticking out their heads and resorting to an explosive inning.
Without an iota of doubt, it will surely stay as India’s biggest test total versus Australia in the time to come.
Result- Match Drawn.