Since they began competing for the Border-Gavaskar trophy in 1996, India and Australia have grown into a fascinating rivalry. Home teams have often controlled the action and prevailed most of the time. The Indian team deviated from this trend and won the 2018–19 series in Australia. India also won the Test series in Australia for the 1st time in 71 years.
Even though India hadn’t been able to win a series before 2018–19, some of India’s most famous Test victories occurred there. The storied Perth Test triumph from the 2007–08 series is still vivid in the minds of Indian supporters. The Adelaide Test triumph in the 2003–04 series against Australia with Dravid’s 233 and 72* performances is remembered as an all-time masterpiece among Indian cricket fans.
As soon as India and Australia play each other in the 1st Test of the four-match series on Thursday, the next chapter in this tale will begin. Fireworks are to be expected because both teams are fierce rivals and competing against one another reveals the best in them.
For the time being, let’s look back to history and see which batsman has now won the Border-Gavaskar Trophy with the most centuries scored.
Here are the Top 4 batsman with maximum centuries in the Border Gavaskar Trophy until now based on top cricket news:
4.Virat Kohli – 7 centuries
Virat Kohli, the captain of India, has always performed best under pressure, especially when playing Australia in their own country. In a defeat in Adelaide in 2012, he scored his 1st Test hundred (116) against the same opponents.
Since that time, he hasn’t turned around. It’s incredible that only one of Kohli’s seven hundred against Australia was scored in India. The final six hundred were obtained while playing in Australia. At the Adelaide Oval Stadium, Virat Kohli has three hundred, one each at the MCG, SCG, and Perth.
In seven Tests against Australia, Kohli has scored hundreds, but the one in the Adelaide Test of 2014 sticks out since it came in the 4th innings.
His reputation in Test cricket was greatly enhanced by this performance. On the last day in Adelaide, his counterattacking performance (141 off 175 balls) nearly allowed India to chase down a total of 364. Ultimately, the team was outscored by 40 runs.
Seven hundred and four fifty-pluses have been part of Kohli’s 1604 runs at an average of 48.6 in 19 Test games. His highest run in a Test innings versus the Australian squad was 169 at MCG during the 2014 tour.
3. Steve Smith – 7 centuries
Steve Smith has always loved to bat versus India and has amassed a ton of runs doing so. Smith’s lopsided domination started with Australia’s 2013–14 India tour. In that series, Smith was on fire, accumulating 768 runs over 8 innings at a Bradmanesque average of 128.17, including 2 fifty-run performances and four hundred.
Following the series that changed the course of his career, Steve Smith began to dominate Test-bowing assaults all over the world and is now perhaps the finest Test batsman of this generation.
Smith scored four of his seven hundred versus India in Australia (during the 2014–15 series), while the other 3 came in India (during the 2017 series). During India’s visit in 2014–15, Smith hit hundreds at the MCG, Adelaide Oval, SCG, and the Gabba. Given that those are the locations for the current 4-match series, the Australian team management will be hoping for an encore.
Smith has amassed 1429 runs in 10 Test matches at an astounding average of 84.05, including 7 hundred and three fifty-pluses. His highest Test innings score versus the Indian squad was 192 at MCG during the 2014 tour.
2. Ricky Ponting – 8 centuries
The Indian team’s archenemy in the 2000s has always been Ricky Ponting. As a result of frequently being outwitted by Harbhajan Singh, Ponting was ineffective when playing Tests in India. But during that time, Ponting was very reliable with the bat when Indians visited Australia.
In a victory versus India in 1999 at Adelaide Oval Stadium, he scored his 1st century (125). After that, Ponting became invincible. On Australian soil, he scored seven of his eighth century versus India. He scored four hundred at Adelaide Oval Stadium (1999, 2003, 2008, 2012), two at the SCG (2000, 2012), and one at the MCG in 2003. Ponting only reached 100 runs in India once, scoring 123 runs in a tie game at Bangalore’s M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in 2008.
Ponting has amassed 2555 runs in 29 games at an average of 54.36, with 12 fifty-pluses and 8 hundred. At the MCG in 2003, he recorded a 257 in a Test match versus the Indian side.
1. Sachin Tendulkar – 9 centuries
Sachin Tendulkar made his international debut in 1992 during his maiden tour of Australia by hitting a twin hundred (148* and 114) at WACA and SCG. At the youthful age of just 18, Sachin demonstrated exceptional adaptability under pressure and created the ideal foundation for his illustrious career.
In the Border-Gavaskar trophy, Sachin reached his first century in 1998. In the 3rd innings of that Test at Chennai, he produced a magnificent century (155*), which enabled India to set Australia a target of 348. In that inning, Sachin struck Shane Warne all over the place, rendering the renowned spinner stunned. It was a counterattacking master lesson.
The remaining four hundred by Sachin Tendulkar occurred when India was on a tour of Australia. Tendulkar has scored 5 hundred at home. At SCG (2004, 2008), he scored two centuries, and at MCG (1999) and Adelaide Oval Stadium, he scored one apiece (2008).
Throughout 34 games, Sachin has scored 3262 runs at an exceptional average of 56.24, with 16 fifty-pluses and nine hundred. At SCG in 2004, Sachin recorded his best score of 241* versus Australia.
Every two years, India and Australia compete in a test series for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. The competition was started in the late 1990s, and up until this point, both sides have excelled in the series. In the most recent records, it was amply demonstrated that both teams had equal opportunity to showcase their talent throughout the series.
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