5 Australian Test batsmen who shone in India
#4 Damien Martyn
Damien Martyn played just one series in India but he made sure that he owned it completely! With his textbook driven technique and strong offside play, he managed to be the highest run scorer of the 2004-05 tour. He was in the Australian Test squad in the 2001 tour but could not find a place in the playing 11 then.
In the 2004 series, Martyn not only slammed two hundreds and two fifties in the tour but was also declared the Man of the Series.
After Mark Waugh retired, Martyn ensured that he made the No. 4 spot in the Aussie team his own. His incredible performance in the series gave Australia what they came looking for – a Test series victory on Indian soil after a long wait of almost four decades!
(Video Courtesy: robelinda2 YouTube Channel)
He scored two back-to-back centuries and was close to making it three with his score of 97 in Mumbai. The 104 he made in Chennai got his team out of an early-collapse pickle and helped them draw the match to sustain the 1-0 lead in the series. He followed that up with a blistering 114 that sealed the series for them. At the controversial Wankhede pitch of the last Test match, Martyn went on to couple his 97 with a 55 in the second innings to cap a special series for him.
“It was the most memorable series win,” Martyn said later on when asked about the 2004 India series.