5 reasons why Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2001 remains as India's best Test series ever
The Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2001 holds a special place in the heart of every Indian Cricket fan. It was quality Test Cricket at display with India taking on the mighty Australians for a 3 match Test Series. The series was intensely and passionately fought with spectacular performances by players from both teams. Eventually, it was India who emerged victorious winning the series 2-1.
It was a historic moment for Indian Cricket to defeat Australia who were thrashing the opposition both at home and away and had 15 consecutive wins coming into the series. The series is remembered for some special moments which include Harbhajan’s ‘hat-trick’ and Laxman’s miraculous innings of 281.
Here are 5 reasons that make it the best ever test series for India:
#1 Coming out of Match-Fixing fiasco and playing mighty Aussies
The Border-Gavaskar trophy was contested just after the infamous match-fixing incident had broken out. Fans were dejected after the incident and the game’s credibility was in danger.
The series saw some remarkable performances from both teams and it was soon that fans were back in front of their TV sets or in the stadiums. The series, undoubtedly, played a very prominent role in gaining back the confidence of the fans and helped the game to distance itself from instances of corruption.
What made the series more fascinating was the fact that Australia had won their last 15 matches in a row when they landed in India. They were undoubtedly the best side with a balanced team composition.
They had bowlers in the form of McGrath, Gillespie and Warne who were capable of destroying any batting line-up. In addition to that, they had a solid and dependable batting department as well. Breaking their winning streak and winning the series was a historic moment for Indian Cricket.