Reflections on a thrilling Border-Gavaskar series

Updated: Jan 22

The dust has settled on the latest installment of the Australia-India rivalry and so it’s reflection time.

It’s not hyperbolic to say this was one of the greatest Test series of all time.

India had all sorts thrown at them and they still managed to win the series.

Including the one-dayers and T20s before the Tests, it’s been one heck of a ride over the past two months.

At first, it looked as if this would be Australia’s summer, posting big totals in the first two ODIs, which India responded to in lethargic fashion on both those occasions.

Then came the shift.

Australia could not cope with their injury troubles as well as the Indians did.

Let’s never have Daniel Sams as a death bowler ever again.

Stuff like that snatched defeat from the jaws of victory.

But not to worry! There was a Test series on the horizon and everyone was predicting a 4-0 victory for the Aussies!

Arrogance is an understatement when describing that prediction.

India brought a tremendous fighting spirit.

No matter how many times they were knocked down, they bounced back.

Being bowled out for 36 in Adelaide was extraordinary in the truest sense of the word, something that only happens once in a blue moon.

Apart from that, India was near flawless.

They frustrated the Aussie bowlers with their batting masterclasses on the final day of both the Sydney and Brisbane Tests, and broke the Gabba fortress.

Naturally, many Australian fans are bemoaning the loss and looking at how the team needs to improve.

As a Pom, I know what it’s like when your team loses. A lot. Stop laughing back there.

So let me offer you some advice: ride out the storm, identify your strengths and work on your weaknesses.

We finally saw Will Pucovski make his Test debut at the SCG, only for him to hurt his shoulder out in the field.

Can someone give him a break please?

I’ve said before that Cam Green is an exciting young talent and I’ll say it again now.

Nurture him well because the potential is there for him to be a very useful all-rounder.

The batting will soon come good when everyone’s fit again.

And sure, the bowling could be better, but Pat Cummins was player of the series, Josh Hazlewood got a 5-for in Brisbane, and Nathan Lyon is still the GOAT.

It’s not all bad.

India was just better.

So while India head home with their heads held high before probably crushing England next month, Australia head to South Africa to start the rebuild.

Or to Perth. Either way, the objective is the same, one that isn’t as out of reach as it may seem.

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