1. When Glenn McGrath sledged Tendulkar and the Master Blaster smashed the ball mercilessly – ICC Champions Trophy 2000-01
Remember that game in Kenya when Sachin played a pull shot that went straight up in the air, but the breeze carried it just over the boundary for six? McGrath sledged Tendulkar after this and in retaliation the Master Blaster smashed the whole Australian attack all over the ground.
2. Tendulkar being given the infamous ‘Shoulder before Wicket’ – 1999 Test Series in Australia!
This one created quite a lot of controversy. Tendulkar had ducked to a short ball from McGrath and instead of going over his head, the ball dipped and hit him on the shoulder. Strangely, the Australians appealed for a LBW and umpire Daryl Harper adjudged him OUT. This was clearly Shoulder Before Wicket.
3. Last wicket of the 2001 Chennai test: Not just a win for the team, but a ‘Triumph of the Nation!’
India had not only stopped the Australian Juggernaut but also won the Series from a position that was hardly suitable for even winning a single match. The Indo-Aus clash had reached newer heights.
4. Maninder Singh protests at being given out LBW to Greg Matthews – India and Australia in 1986-87
India needed four runs from the final over of the day but squandered their chance as Maninder Singh was given lbw to the last ball of the game with the scores level. What a match!
5. Gavaskar dragged Chetan Chauhan off the field when the he disagreed with an umpiring decision – Melbourne, 1981
The Little Master dragged his opening partner Chetan Chauhan from the Melbourne Cricket Ground during a Test in 1981 after he had fallen to a contentious umpiring decision. The pair made it to the boundary line before Chauhan was ordered back to the middle by the team manager.
6. The 2nd Quarterfinal of World Cup 2011 – The end of the Aussie Era!
After Australia defeated India in the Finals of 2003 World Cup, it was divine justice that India nudged them out of the World Cup in 2011 signalling the end of an Aussie era. The whole of India had erupted in joy as they had started believing that this Indian team could win the World Cup, which eventually they did.
7. Brett Lee continued playing despite the eye injury – 2nd World Cup Quarterfinal, Ahmedabad.
Such was the level of competition that Brett Lee had to come back after receiving a treatment for his eye injury. Although he couldn’t stop the Indian players, this deed is remembered by all Cricket lovers as a great endeavour on the part of a sportsman.
8. Ind vs Aus Series (1997-98) – Famously put as the Tendulkar Vs Warne Series
At the end of the tour, Shane Warne famously said that he would be having nightmares of Tendulkar hitting him for sixes and that only Bradman was in his class.
9. V.V.S Laxman’s epic 281 in a 376 run stand with Rahul Dravid – Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2000-01
It was sheer class from the Very Very Special Laxman and ‘The Wall’. Together they saved India from a position nobody could even dream off. In the end, India went on to win the match! This is one match all Cricket lovers would rate as one of the best matches ever.
10. Ricky Ponting demolished the Indian attack – World Cup Final 2003
This was the closest India had come to winning a World Cup in many years and they had started believing that they could actually go the distance even though they had been beaten by Australia in the Group stage. Ricky Ponting had different ideas though. He chose this day to prove how powerful a batsman he was and hit an unbeaten 140 from 121 balls, with his second 90 runs coming from just 47 balls. Tough day for India.
11. Laxman overcame his sore back to become the Hero of a nail-biting one-wicket victory for India – Border-Gavaskar Trophy, Mohali 2010
VVS Laxman always performed his best with Australia. He overcame his sore back to become the hero of a nail-biting one-wicket victory for India, who retained the Border-Gavaskar Trophy in dramatic fashion in Mohali. In one of the most memorable finishes in recent history, Pragyan Ojha picked up two leg-byes off Mitchell Johnson to seal the result, which until that delivery could also have been a tie or an Australian win.
12. “It will never happen again!”– India Vs Australia 2004
Brad Hogg took Tendulkar’s wicket and requested for an autograph at the end of the match from Tendulkar. The curly haired master blaster wrote just one sentence” it won’t happen again!” And it has never happened Again. 21 matches ahead, Hogg could never take his wicket again! Matter of Pride for Tendulkar fans.
13. The Monkey-Gate Scandal – Border Gavaskar Trophy (2007-2008)
There was major controversy regarding this series as it was alleged that Harbhajan had called Andrew Symonds “A Monkey” which the latter denied. In his autobiography, Tendulkar says, “I want to state very clearly that the incident arose because Andrew Symonds had been continually trying to provoke Bhajji and it was inevitable that the two would have an altercation at some point. While walking up to Bhajji to try to calm things down, I heard him say ‘Teri maa ki’ (Your mother…) to Symonds.”
14. Sachin’s twin centuries amidst the dust storm – Sharjah, Champions Trophy 1998.
This was when even the dust storm could not break Tendulkar’s conviction. It was the year of Desert Storm, when Tendulkar’s twin centuries in Sharjah stunned Steve Waugh’s team. Steve Waugh later said in an interview that they had to hold special team meetings to figure out how to stop the Master Blaster.
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