After levelling the series against Australia with a resounding win in Melbourne, the Team India will be intent on repeating their success in the New Year’s Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Another victory will allow the Indians to retain the prestigious Border-Gavaskar Trophy and take a giant stride towards successive Test series wins Down Under.
Historically, the Indian team haven’t enjoyed the best of times playing at the SCG. In 12 outings, they’ve suffered five defeats and have had six draws. The standalone victory at the iconic venue came way back in the 1977-78 season when the Bishan Singh Bedi led team came out triumphant against an understrength Australian side affected by Kerry Packer’s World Series Cricket.
While the results haven’t been in the team’s favour, Indians have produced some of their finest individual performances at the SCG. On the batting front, the ground has witnessed some of the greatest knocks played by Indian batsmen.
Five Highest Scores By An Indian Batsman At The Sydney Cricket Ground:
5. Sunil Gavaskar 172
On his last Test tour of Australia in the 1985-1986 season, the great Sunil Gavaskar produced one of his best hundreds on foreign soil. Taking a great liking to the Australian fast bowling, the batting maestro struck 172 runs off 400 balls. Gavaskar’s innings was glint with his picture-perfect defence and vintage strokeplay.
In all the batting legend made 19 fours during his stay. Gavaskar’s wasn’t the only hundred of the innings as Kris Srikkanth (116) and Mohinder Amarnath (138) also produced tons to take India to an insurmountable score of 600/4 declared.
Indian spin twin Ravi Shastri and Shivlal Yadav bowled terrifically thereafter to help their team dismiss the Aussies for 396 and enforce the follow-on. Shastri and Yadav were at their best again in the second innings. They looked like sealing a victory but the Aussies somehow managed to survive with a draw.