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Border-Gavaskar Trophy – A Rivalry Of Two Teams

Like the Ashes Series among Australia and England teams there is another rivalry and that's the Border-Gavaskar Trophy between India and Australia. Here take a look at the performances between the two teams in the history of this rivalry.

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Last updated: 21.11.2020
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Like the Ashes Series among Australia and England teams there is another rivalry which has been rated best in the world and that's the Border-Gavaskar Trophy between India and Australia. Till date there were 14 series played between India and Australia where team India with 8 series wins having the upper hand over Australia. But who's idea was this Border-Gavaskar Trophy? The series was named after the two great cricketers Allan Border and Sir Sunil Gavaskar who have scored 10000 runs while playing for their countries at the international level.

 

Over the years there have been performances from both the sides which have been turned into the “trendsetter” with the better brand of cricket played among the players often there were times in between when cricketing fraternity was shocked to see the ugly fights between the players or some biased umpiring in a match which are still fresh in our minds. With the upcoming Border-Gavaskar series is just near when two teams will lock horns once again. 

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Here chase your sport brings you to take a look at the performances between the two teams in the history of this rivalry.

 

The Highest Wicket-taker:

 

Over the years many great bowlers have played in the border-Gavaskar trophy but there are few that will be remembered for their top-notch performance. The leading wicket-taker in the series so far is the former Indian spinner Anil Kumble with 111 wickets at an average of 20.32 in 20 tests, followed by Harbhajan Singh with 95 wickets in 18 tests at an average of 29.95. But among the current era of the bowlers the next best bowler in the list is Australian current right-arm off spinner Nathan Lyon with 85 wickets in 17 tests at an average of 32.60, followed by Ashwin with 77 wickets in 14 tests at an average of 31.89. Will we go to see the new bowler into the list after the end of this series or have to wait till next time for the bowler to top this list?

 

The Number Of Five And Ten-wicket hauls:

 

Again this record is with the enigma called Anil Kumble who has ten-five wicket hauls and two ten-wicket hauls in 20 tests, followed by Harbhajan Singh with seven-five wicket hauls and three ten-wicket hauls. Among the current best bowlers Nathan Lyon leads the chart with seven-five wicket hauls and one ten-wicket hauls, followed by Ashwin with five-ten wicket hauls and one ten-wicket hauls. Surprising to see that there is no fast bowler in the list of highest wicket takers. Will there be any genuine fast-bowler who will be going to enter this list by the end of the series?.

 

The Highest Run-Scorer:

 

Surprisingly there is no batsman from the current era of cricket even in the top five batsmen with highest scorer in the history. Sachin Tendulkar with 3262 runs in 31 test top the list at an average of 56.24 which include 16 half-centuries and 9 centuries with best score of 241*, followed by the former Australia captain with 2555 runs in 28 tests at an average of 54.36 which include 12 half-centuries and 8 centuries with the best score of 257.

 

Even the next two players are from team India who were the most dependable players of his era for his side in the crisis situation. VVS Laxman with 2434 runs in 27 test at an average of 49.67 which include 12 half-centuries and 6 centuries with the best score of 281, followed by Rahul Dravid with 2143 runs in 30 test at an average of 39.83 which include 13 half-centuries and 2 centuries with the best score of 233 which came during the Adelaide test.

 

Among the current era of cricket there are three batsman with great batting numbers Pujara with 1622 runs in 15 test at an average of 60.07 which include 7 half-centuries and 5 centuries with the best score of 204, followed by Virat Kohli with 1604 in 17 test at an average of 48.60 which include 4 half-centuries and 7 centuries with the best score of 169. Steve Smith is the next batsman with best batting numbers with 1429 runs at an average of 84.05 in 10 tests which include 3 half-centuries and 7 centuries with the best score of 192.

 

The Most Successful Wicket-Keeper:

 

There is no current era of players who are into the list of most successful wicket keepers throughout the long history of border-Gavaskar trophy. The former Australian wicket-keeper batsman Adam Gilchrist top the list with 75 dismissals, followed by MS Dhoni with 71 dismissals and Brad Haddin with 58 dismissals.

 

Will there be a new entry into this club or we have to wait until next time to replace these greats of the game?

 

The Number Of Series Wins And Matches Wins:

 

So far in the rivalry there have been 14 series played among two teams in which team India has won 8 series while Australia has won only 5 series with 1 series ended in a draw between two sides. The numbers of the matches that have been played in the among two teams in this rivalry are 48 matches out of which team India has won 20 while Australia has won only 10 and 10 games have no result between the two sides over the course of time.

 

Will the numbers going to change after the series of team India will take this lead a step ahead after the end of the series?

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