Today we bring you the season wise player of Border Gavaskar Trophy. The India- Australia Test Series was officially named as the Border-Gavaskar Trophy in 1996–97 and since then the series not only inspires the legendary performances, but has also been fought tooth and nail. Like any test match, the batsmen aspire to score in away matches, so do bowlers who want to outperform the opponents. Here we talk about the man of the series, the season wise player of Border Gavaskar Trophy.
Nayan Mongia (1996–97)
The two legends were just honored by the two boards by naming the India-Australia test series on their names, the Border Gavaskar Trophy in the inaugural edition had just one match. During October 10-13, India would play against Australia at the Arun Jaitley Stadium (Then Feroz Shah Kotla), Delhi.
Australia first batted to score 182 from their first innings with Michael Slater top-scoring with 44. India opened with Vikram Rathour & Nayan Mongia to score 361. Mongia would score his career best (152), while Sourav Ganguly and Dravid would score a valuable support with 66 & 40. The Kangaroo team, later, would score 234 from their second innings with Steve Waugh scoring 67. India would chase down 56 runs target in the fourth innings with 7 wickets to spare.
Nayan Mongia, for his brilliant 152, was named the player of the series. He, thus, features among the season wise player of Border Gavaskar Trophy.
Sachin Tendulkar (1997–98)
The Master Blaster perhaps liked the Australian team as opponents, fierce opponents, better performances. In the second edition of Border Gavaskar Trophy, India would win the series 2-1 with Sachin scoring 446 from 5 innings at an average of 111.5.
In a form of his career, Tendulkar would score 177 & 155 not out in two out of these 5 innings he batted in. He, thus, features among the season wise player of Border Gavaskar Trophy.
Sachin Tendulkar (1999–2000)
The Indian legend would extend his season 2 performances to season 3 as he would amass 278 from 6 innings of 3 matches to be the highest scorer for India. He was the 3rd highest scorer in the series behind Ricky Ponting and Justin Langer.
Sachin Tendulkar’s 116 was his highest in the season as he’d score these runs at an average of 46.33. He, thus, features among the season wise player of Border Gavaskar Trophy.
Harbhajan Singh (2001)
The season saw an amazing Australian team on a winning streak before they were stopped in India at the second test at Kolkata. India won the series 2-1 after this dramatic test at Eden Gardens where a following on team would score big to win the match. Harbhajan Singh was the top wicket taker from the series as he would pick 32 wickets from 6 innings of 3 test matches at an average of 17.03 including four 5-wicket hauls & two 10-wicket hauls.
This series would give him his famous nickname “the Turbanator” for his success against the Aussie batsmen. He, thus, features among the season wise player of Border Gavaskar Trophy. VVS Laxman would score the most runs for the Indians while Matthew Hayden would score the most runs in the series.
Rahul Dravid (2003–04)
The Wall, as he would get the nickname for his impenetrable defense and sublime technique. India would keep the Border Gavaskar trophy post 5th season after leveling it 1-1 from the four matches with 2 matches getting drawn. Rahul Dravid would be the highest scorer for the Indians, scoring 619 from 8 innings at an average of 123.80 including a double hundred and 3 fifties.
Adelaide test was one that India won, had a majestic 233 in the first innings from Rahul Dravid followed by 72 not out to finish off the historic win. He, thus, features among the season wise player of Border Gavaskar Trophy.
Damien Martyn (2004)
The Australian team came to India for the sixth edition as they defeated India 2-1 in a 4 test series to reclaim the trophy. Damien Martyn would score the most runs as he hit 444 from 8 innings at an average of 55.50 with 2 hundreds and 2 fifties. He, thus, features among the season wise player of Border Gavaskar Trophy. Martyn’s highest score would be 114 as he and Michael Clarke would be the top 2 run getters for the winning team.
Brett Lee (2007–08)
The Australian team would defend the trophy in the season 2007-08 at home, winning the series 2-1. Brett Lee would be the main reason for Australia retaining the trophy, picking 24 wickets from 8 innings at an average of 22.58 including a 5/119. He, thus, features among the season wise player of Border Gavaskar Trophy. Mitchell Johnson & Stuart Clarke would pick 16 & 14 wickets in the series.
Ishant Sharma (2008)
India would take back the trophy in 2008 winning the 4-match series 2-0. Ishant Sharma would do the maximum wreckage for the hosts as he would take 15 wickets from 7 innings at an average of 27.06. He, thus, features among the season wise player of Border Gavaskar Trophy. Harbhajan Singh and Amit Mishra would support the Indian team with 15 & 14 wickets respectively.
Sachin Tendulkar (2010)
The Maestro would again work his magic to help India retain the Border Gavaskar trophy in 2010. India would win the series 2-0 with Sachin scoring 403 from 4 innings at an average of 134.33. Tendulkar would score 214 as his highest score from the series. He, thus, features among the season wise player of Border Gavaskar Trophy. Apart from him, only Murli Vijay could score a ton in this edition.
Michael Clarke (2011–12)
The 10th edition of the popular test series would see Australia claiming the trophy again whitewashing the Indians 4-0. Michael Clarke would do the maximum damage to the Indians scoring 626 from 6 innings at an average of 125.20. His highest from the series would be 329 not out. He, thus, features among the season wise player of Border Gavaskar Trophy. Ricky Ponting & Mike Hussey would be the other two top scorers for the Aussie team.
Ravichandran Ashwin (2013)
India would do a perfect revenge in the 11th edition as they would whitewash the visiting Aussie team 4-0. Off-break bowler, Ashwin would do the maximum wreckage as he would take 29 wicket from 8 innings at an average of 20.10 including four 5 wicket hauls and a 10-wicket haul. Ashwin’s best would be 12/198 from the match. He, thus, features among the season wise player of Border Gavaskar Trophy. Ravindra Jadeja was the second highest wicket taker with 24 wickets.
Steve Smith (2014–15)
The Australian Team would reclaim the 2014-15 edition of Border Gavaskar Trophy, winning the 4 match series 2-0. Steve Smith would be the top performer for the hosts, scoring 769 from 8 innings at an average of 128.16. These runs would include 4 hundred and 2 fifties, his best being 192. He, thus, features among the season wise player of Border Gavaskar Trophy. David Warner & Chris Rogers would score 427 & 417 runs.
Ravindra Jadeja (2017)
India would claim back the 2017 edition of Border Gavaskar Trophy, their 8th as they would defeat the Aussies 2-1 with Ravindra Jadeja taking 25 wickets from 8 innings at an average of 18.56. He would take two 5-wicket hauls with his best being 9/178 from a match. Jadeja, thus, features among the season wise player of Border Gavaskar Trophy. Ashwin took 21 while Umesh Yadav picked 17.
Cheteshwar Pujara (2018–19)
In the 2018-19 edition of the rivalry, India would retain the trophy winning the series 2-1 in Australia with Cheteshwar Pujara scoring 521 from 7 innings at an average of 74.42 with his highest being 193. He, thus, features among the season wise player of Border Gavaskar Trophy. Rishabh Pant and Virat Kohli would be the other top scorers for the touring team as they’d amass 350 & 282 runs from the series.
With season 2020-21 still round the corner, there are speculation about who the best cricketer would be from the season.
These were the top performers in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy in all seasons. Hope you liked the content, don’t forget to pen down your thoughts and questions under comments.
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