- Feb 29, 2024
- Jan 29, 2024
The clash between India and Australia transcends mere cricket- it’s a battle of passionate giants on the world stage. Over the years, we have seen the two teams engage in some memorable contests that have thoroughly entertained viewers and fans. Yet, despite the two countries fighting plenty of close battles, the script has been one-sided in events organized by the Apex Cricket Council. Australia emerges victorious, leaving India heartbroken time and again.
From the 2003 World Cup final heartbreak to the recent U-19 defeat, the narrative remains constant. India fights valiantly, only to crumble under pressure. Is it a mental block? Do the high stakes paralyze them? Theories abound, but the pain persists. Here’s a look at 7 instances since 2015 in which the mighty Aussies defeated India in marquee events:
India’s title defence dream was shattered in Sydney as Australia crushed them by 95 runs. Batting first, Australia rode on Steve Smith’s magnificent century to post a humungous total of 328. The Indian bowlers were left clueless as Michael Clarke and his boys made full use of the home advantage. Chasing 329, a promising start by Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma gave India hope but that evaporated very soon. Virat Kohli’s crucial wicket pegged India back, and despite Dhoni’s valiant 65, they were never in control. Australia’s disciplined bowling and sharp fielding stifled the chase, leaving India all out for 233. The defeat, though heartbreaking, marked the end of a remarkable campaign for India, reminding all that even the strongest falter sometimes.