Ahead of India's tour Down Under later this year, Australian quick Pat Cummins has praised skipper Virat Kohli as a "really passionate" player while conceding that his bowling attack will target the "prized" wicket of the right-hander.
Every batsman has a wish that once in his career, he plays such a knock that the whole world stands up on their feet and sings their name. He also wishes that he scores a massive knock in each and every inning he plays, though it is not possible as he has to go through various ups and downs. But sometimes, a player proves to be so dangerous for the opposition that they have no choice but to bow down to his brilliance.
Here we speak about five batsmen who have played their career-best knocks against India.
July 13, 2002 – A day no Indian cricket fan will never forget. It gave India two new superstars. It gave the team belief that no target in too big. After that, India would go on to chase may huge targets. But it all has to start somewhere. Was this that match?
The tournament: India had a brilliant run in the Natwest Series 2002. They chased down 272 in their first match against England and then beat Sri Lanka by 4 wickets in the next match. However, bad weather ruined their charge in the next game, but they bounced back well with yet another 4-wicket win in the game after that. They suffered a minor setback when they lost to England in a rain-curtailed match, but in the match before the final, they beat Sri Lanka comprehensively. England on the other hand did not have it all smooth. They lost a couple of games, but had done enough to make it to the final. Sri Lanka had to head home after a solitary win in the series – coming against England.
On this day, back in the year 1991 against Australia during the final match of Austral-Asia Cup also known as Sharjah Cup; Pakistani pacer Wasim Akram claimed his second ODI hat-trick in less than a year span. With this hat-trick, Akram also became the first ever bowler to take a hat-trick in ODI final of a tournament. Moreover, all the three wickets of his hat-trick were bowled and the victims were Merv Hughes, Carl Rackemann and Terry Alderman. Akram also became the first bowler to take multiple hat-tricks in ODIs. His hat-trick ended the Australian innings as they were bowled out for 230 and Pakistan won the final by 36 runs. In addition, Akram had also scored 35-ball 49 not out earlier in the match to help Pakistan score 266-7.