If there is an equivalent of “Real Madrid vs FC Barcelona” in cricket it would definitely be “Australia vs India”.
There was the era of the 2000s when India team was underdogs and definitely not like to compete against the predator Aussies either in their own backyard or away in the world.
But time has changed and roles have been to upgrade from underdogs to world heavyweights.
The rivalry of underdogs vs world heavyweight to the rivalry of world heavyweight vs world heavyweight has given so many epic memories for fans to cheer up.
Here we have picked up for you the ecstasy of to defeat of world cup final 2003 and many more to refresh the memories of some of the nail-biting thrillers to the one-sided contest between these two teams.
India vs Australia, Quarterfinal,2011
Defending champions against the home team in their own backyard. 12 years 3 world cups and looking to win the title for the 4th time in the row.
Aussies captain decided to bat first in the day and night match with the hope that it will difficult for the home team to chase the target in the second Innings.
It was the first time after a long time there were no Adam Gilchrist and Mathew Hayden to open the innings for Australia and the team completely felt that the kind of impact these two had in his career especially in the first 15 overs take the game away from the opposition.
But Ricky Ponting alone fought like a predator and smashed the century in the crucial game of the tournament and take his team to 260/6 in 50 overs. It was cleared they fell short of 40-50 runs but they have the bowling unit like Brett Lee and Mitchell Johnson to stop anyone in the world.
With the target of 261 less than 6 runs per over though team India has star-studded batting line up, they didn’t take any risk from the start and making small partnership at regular intervals to kept run rate going.
The score was 187/5 and when Yuvraj Singh with young bloke Suresh Raina was on the crease this game was pretty equal at this point and Aussies tried everything in his arsenal to turn it around but it was Team India day and they did it in style by defeating Aussies with 5 wickets and reached the semi-finals.
The first time in 12 years defending champion was out of the knockout stage and cricketing fraternity across the globe were stunned.
India vs Australia, 2013
6th ODI of 7 match series and team India was trailing by 2-1 in series and it was pretty much done and die situation for India team. After winning the toss Indian captain decided to bowl first and decision looked right when Australia openers back to the hut at the score of 45/2 but then walk in form Shane Watson (104) and Mr consistent George Bailey (156) put on 162 run partnership for the 3rd wicket to Aussies back into the game and rest damage was done by Adam Voges towards the end of the game with quick fire 44* to take the scoreboard to 350/6 in 50 overs.
Chasing the target of 351 in do and die situation India team was not somewhere not sure but openers Rohit Sharma (79) and Shikhar Dhawan (100) did in the style with 178 run opening partnership put the team into the hunt the scoreboard looked out of reach when India team was 234/2.
The new batsman was on the crease and Virat Kohli once again proved It why he is best to chase master unbeaten 115 runs off 66 balls with 18 fours and 1 six take the team over the line with 3 balls to spare and made 4th highest chase in the history of cricket.
India vs Australia, 2nd Final CB series,2008
Brisbane was all set for the second final. After losing the first final, Aussies were looking for a win in the second final. Indian captain after winning the toss decided to bat first on the batting with the hopes that pitch might get slowed in the second half of the game.
The Indian openers get off to a good start and adding 94 run partnership for the 1st wicket. The scoreboard at one stage 205/3 was showing team India definitely looking to go cross 290 plus but making runs in a quick fashion they have lost wickets at regular intervals while managed to score 258/9 in 50 overs.
With likes of all-time destructive opening batting pair, Adam Gilchrist and Mathew Hayden were going on to the crease with the mission to end the match in just 20 overs.
It was the 3rd ball of over and Adam Gilchrist back to the hut before they overcome this pain there goes another wicket of captain Ricky Ponting at the score of 8/2 the scenes get more daunting when they lost the 3rd wicket just at the score of 32/3.
It was hard to see scenes like that from predator Aussies in their own territory. Although Mathew Hayden and Andrew Symonds control the situation and put on the crucial partnership for the 4th wicket.
But it was meant history has to be made Today then comes the twist in the match in form of run out of Mathew Hayden and within two runs they lost Andrew Symonds too and score 123/5.
The last batting pair Micheal Hussey and James hopes were on crease they start rotating the strike converting singles into double leaving the bad ball. The target was almost there at 199/5 when Micheal Hussey caught to Dhoni on Sreesanth ball.
The tail begins but it wasn’t easy for them to score runs against Indian pacers when they were all on top and they lost wickets in a quick time and fell short of 9 runs and losing the match along with the CB series.
India vs Australia, World cup Semi-final, 2015
Defending champions, India has reached the semi-final without losing any of their game in the group stage. The wounds were deep for Australia of the 2011 quarterfinal game and they were in their own territory all set to take the revenge of it. After winning the toss Australia captain decided to bat first on the Sydney ground, but they got of to worst start when they lost their opener, David Warner, at the score of 15/1.
While the situation gets worse, batsman Steven smith (103) and Aaron Finch (81) put on 183 runs partnership for the second wicket and put the team into a very good position. Though they lost wickets at regular intervals towards the end of innings it was quickfire innings from Mitchell Johnson of 27 off 9 balls and remained not out and took the scoreboard to 328/9 in 50 overs.
Chasing the target of 329, India team got off to flying start when Indian openers put on 76 runs for the first wicket in just 12.5 overs. The situation completely turns around when it 108/4 with the top 3 batsmen back to the hut in which Virat Kohli was also.
But Indian team fought back and looking to exit Australia team one more time when the score was 208/5 with Jadeja and Dhoni on the crease, Australia was looking for one moment and there it comes when Steve Smith run out Jadeja on the direct through and it was all over for India.
Other batsmen couldn’t manage to score against the pacer like Mitchell Johnson and Mitchell Starc and crumbled down to 233 and lost the knockout game by 95 runs and took the return tickets of back to India with this defeat.
India vs Australia, World Cup final, 2003
The final, 23rd march 2003, Johannesburg, the stage was set and the stadium was Jam-packed. After winning the toss Indian captain decided to bowl first in one of the most exciting contests of the season. Cricket at best and Australian team was in the golden days of their cricket and looking to lift the World Cup trophy one more time.
The all-time favorites Australian Openers were on the crease Adam Gilchrist and Mathew Hayden, the way these two have started the innings in their style was a treat to watch by everyone while thrashing the Indian bowlers all around and put on 105 runs in just 14 overs but within 20 runs they have lost theirs both the openers.
The captain Ricky Ponting and Damien Martyn were on the crease and there were hopes to see another wicket but these two won’t let it happened at all and went on to post 359/2 in 50 overs an Impossible target to chase in the final on the back of unbeaten 140* from Ricky Ponting and 88* from Damien Martyn.
There was no T-20 cricket back then but fans were hoping from this explosive opener Virender Sehwag to do it one more time. The pressure was there and that’s what Australia likes to have on the opposition as India lost Sachin Tendulkar at the score of 4/1.
The Indian batting order has to face some of the very best bowlers in that era like Brett Lee, Glenn McGrath, Andy Bichel, and Bradd Hogg to go cross this target. But they have completely dismantled by this pacer and just managed to score 234/10 with some fighting knocks of Virender Sehwag 82 runs and Rahul Dravid 47 runs but they didn’t get any other support from the batsman and eventually lost the game and final too.
But it was quite sure if Virender Sehwag stayed till last thee result was something else with the kind of hitting he was doing in that match.