- Sep 23, 2023
- Dec 11, 2022
The Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2020-21 will go down in the history books as one of the greatest series to have ever been contested between two cricketing nations. In a poll conducted by the cricket’s governing body right after the series, the fans voted for it to be the greatest series ever played in the history of international cricket, surpassing other famous Test series like Border Gavaskar Trophy 2001 and Ashes 2005.
Seeing the excitement of fans for the contest, Cricket Australia has reportedly decided to increase the number of matches in the upcoming series’. Accordingly to a report by Sydney Morning Herald, India will play five Tests in the series ‘down under’ in the next cycle starting from 2023. It is to be noted that a India-Australia Test series generally consists of four games.
The two nations share a great rivalry in Test cricket. Right from the famous tied Test in Chennai in 1986 to the recently contested Gabba Test in 2021. The two teams have treated the fans with mouth-watering battles on the cricket field between the greats from their respective countries. The verbal battles along with the tantalising cricketing action have made this series grab a large number of eyeballs over the years.
Despite engaging in the fiercest battles on the field, the mutual admiration and respect the players have for each other after the game is commendable.
The Border Gavaskar Trophy will return next year as Australia will tour India to play a four-match Test series in February 2023. The series will once again play a pivotal role for India in qualifying for the World Test Championship Final. The recent loss against England has made India slip to the fourth rank in the points table. With just 6 more matches to play in the current cycle and will need to win all of their remaining games to assure a place in the final.
The fans are eagerly waiting for the India-Australia rivalry to re-ignite and treat them with thrilling cricketing action. The series of 2020-21 has been a terrific advertisement for Test cricket after the Ashes of 2019. It’s a series like these that will help the oldest format of the game remain relevant in modern times.