Comebacks in a game of cricket are very rare but they make the match worth remembering. Some of the most memorable comebacks in the game cricket shall forever remain etched in our memories.
South Africa chasing Australia’s target of 434 in an ODI game or West Indies winning the 2016 ICC T20 World Cup in the last breathtaking over of the match, are examples of few successful turnarounds in the game.
Team India also holds a share when it comes to making epic comebacks. These moments shall forever remain in the hearts of an Indian cricket fan.
Here’s a list of India’s top 6 biggest cricketing turnarounds:
Australia v India, 2nd Test, Adelaide 2003
In the early 2000s team, India had transformed into a more aggressive unit under the captaincy of Sourav Ganguly. They were able to give a strong reply to any team on their own ground. Cricket world witnessed the same on 16th December 2003 when India registered a memorable victory over the all-conquering Australians in their own den at the Adelaide. With the help of Ricky Ponting’s 242, the home team posted a mammoth 556 runs on the board.
In reply team, India’s Wall Rahul Dravid stood strong in the middle and scored 233. He got support from his fellow teammate VVS Laxman who scored 148 as the Indian team scored 523. In the second innings of Australian side couldn’t stand in front of Ajit Agarkar’s pace, as they were bowled out for 196. Agarkar took 6 wickets in that innings. Team India came out to chase a target of 230 and once again it was Rahul Dravid’s unbeaten knock of 72 that took India to victory.
Ajit Agarkar’s 6/41 vs Australia in 2003 at Adelaide Oval in Australia during the 2nd Test of Border-Gavaskar Trophy. India won the Test match by 4 wickets. This four match Test series in Australia ended up in a draw:1-1. For details of the above match, visit: http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/current/match/64060.html
India v England, Natwest final Lord’s, 2002
Team India shocked every cricket fan around the globe when they beat the host England by 2 wickets with 3 balls to spare at the Lords stadium in the Natwest 2002 series final. This win displayed to the world that the Indian batting lineup could cope without Sachin Tendulkar firing and indicated the emergence of stars like Mohammad Kaif & Yuvraj Singh. Indian team snatched victory from certain defeat.
England opted to bat first. Centuries from Marcus Trescothick and skipper Nasser Hussain made sure that the host put 325 runs on the board. Indian openers provided a base for the chase and rest of the thing was done by young and energetic Yuvraj Singh and Mohammad Kaif. They scored 69 and 87* respectively this successful run chase. The most memorable image of the match was captain Ganguly taking off and swirling his shirt wildly.
India won the 2002 NatWest Series ………………………………………….. England — 5 wickets; 50 overs- / 325 India — 8 wickets; 49.3 overs / 326 (India win 2 wickets)
India v Bangladesh, T20 World Cup 2016
Bangladesh caused a huge upset by beating India by 5 wickets during the 2007 World Cup and so they couldn’t be taken lightly any further. The Indian team faced neighbours in the group stage of ICC T20 World Cup 2016. Batting first team India gave a target of 147 to the Tigers. Bangladesh managed to come close to the target but didn’t have the last laugh as they lost the match by 1 run.
T20 game is always thrilling to watch but this match gave goosebumps to all those watching it. Bangladesh came so very close to the win but the brilliance of skipper MS Dhoni helped the men in blue win the match by 1 run.
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India v England, Champions Trophy Final, 2013
After creating history in the Natwest series 2002, the Indian cricket team faced the England team in another final and this time it was ICC Champions Trophy. The rain was the biggest enemy here as the 50 overs game was reduced to 20 overs per side.
Batting first with the help of Kohli’s 43 and Jadeja’s 33, the Indian side put 129 runs on the board. The host looked comfortable while the chase. A 64 run partnership between Eion Morgan and Ravi Bopara took the match away from India. But at the end, it was team India who kept their nerve and managed to beat the host by 5 runs. It was India’s 2nd ICC Champions Trophy championship after the 2002 title win (which was shared with Sri Lanka) and the first time when India won that title individually.
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India v Australia, Kolkata Test, 2001
The Second Test in the Australian cricket team’s tour of India in early 2001 was played at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata. In this match, India snatched victory from the jaws of defeat. Team India was facing the mighty Australian side who had won 16 Tests in a row and were on top in this game too.
Batting first, the visitors scored 445 runs and wrapped the Indian batting at just 171 to enforce the follow-on. Second innings of the Indian batting saw an incredible fight back as they surpassed the Australian score and declared the innings at 657/7.
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Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman were the architects in constructing the Indian innings. Dravid scored 180 while Very Very Special Laxman played a brilliant knock of 281. After India trailed by more than 250 runs in the first innings, Dravid and Laxman batted the entirety of day four to build up a lead of 384. Visitors received a target of 384 which they needed to chase down in a minimum of 75 overs on Day 5.
A draw seemed to be on the cards but Harbhajan Singh and Sachin Tendulkar had some other plans. Both took 9 batsmen of visitors down and thus handing India victory by 171 runs. Harbhajan took 13 wickets in this game which included an important hat-trick.
Harbhajan Singh weaves his magic spell over the Australian batsmen in the 2001 Kolkata. First Indian to took Hat Trick in Test Cricket. Harbhajan Singh took Hat trick against Australia in Kolkata in 3rd Test. Harbhajan Singh weaves his magic spell over the Australian bastmen in the incredible 2001 series.
India v West Indies, World Cup final 1983
The final of the 1983 World Cup will be remembered as one of the most epic turnarounds in the game of cricket. The Indian side had to face the world’s best bowling attack. Batting first, the Indian side didn’t get off to a great start as they lost Sunil Gavaskar early. K Srikkanth and Yashpal Sharma tried to build a partnership but couldn’t do much. None of the Indian batsmen got going as the West Indian pacers took wickets at regular intervals to peg India back and bowled them out for 183.
As Sir Vivian Richards came to the crease, the Indian side could see defeat. But a brilliant catch by Kapil Dev to dismiss Richards, followed by regular wickets by Madan Lal and Mohinder Amarnath ensured that the team remained in the game. Eventually, India beat the West Indies by 43 runs to win the World Cup for the first time in their history.
Final war between India vs West Indies in 1983 World Cup Finals held at Lords Cricket Ground, 1983 Cricket World Cup Finals, Kapil Dev Lifted the World Cup in 1983.