While the India-Pakistan rivalry is known to everyone, there are some on the field dissension which needs no geographic borders. India and Australia are two of the biggest nemesis in the cricketing world and certainly needs no introduction. Always looking to cancel each other out on the field, these two teams are known to play some utter mind games against each other. The tradition is being followed for many years and Steve Smith and Virat Kohli are just the latest names in this heritage.
With seven World Cup trophies amongst each other, the heat is always up on top whenever these two nations heads up. The encounter is always a special one and talk about special, 25th March is no ordinary.
Virender Sehwag, whose international career didn’t take off as he would have planned, marked his name in the cricketing world on this day. Back in March 2001, India were scheduled to play Australia in Bangalore and the home side won the toss and elected to bat. India lost some early wickets and at one point, they were 122 for four and were in a dire need of a brilliant batting performance. On came Sehwag and scored a whopping 58 runs off just 54 deliveries and in the process, formed a 100-run partnership with Dravid. Eventually, they were bowled out on 315 in the last over.
Australia stepped up and as soon as it was thought that Matthew Hayden would go on to score a century, he was dismissed by Sehwag on 99. Sehwag then went on to grab two more wickets by giving off just 59 runs and the visitors were bowled off with a mere scoreline of 255.
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Hence, 25th March 2001 became the date on which Virender Sehwag dismantled the Aussies and in the process, grabbed his first man of the match performance.
Fast forward to current date, India are up against the Aussies at Dharamshala to play the ultimate decider of this 4-game Test series. With series tied at 1-1, pressure is surely mounting and to add further misery to the visitor’s fate, their skipper Virat Kohli was ruled out due to an injury. Quite surprisingly, Kuldeep Yadav was added in the squad and was handed his first Test cap for India.
Australia had won the toss and elected to bat and started off in style. While the scores were reading 144-1, Kuldeep Yadav made David Warner his first victim of the day. The Aussies lost a bit of momentum and this is when India came into province. Australia lost some back to back wickets and in the midst of this, debutant Kuldeep Yadav notched up the names of Peter Handscomb, Glenn Maxwell – both were clean bowled – and Pat Cummins.
While the Aussies made their way back to pavilion after being bowled out at 300 on day one, Kuldeep Yadav’s performance proved to be a massive talking point. At the end of the day, his stats read: 4/68 in just 23 overs.
Certainly not a bad start for the youngster. Remember the date – 25th of March