On Tuesday, through a poll, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has adjudged the 2020-21 Border-Gavaskar Trophy between India and Australia as the ‘Ultimate Test Series’. In the final, the 2020-21 Border-Gavaskar Trophy was fighting it out against the 1999 series between India and Pakistan, and in the end, the India-Australia series on the race with the maximum number of votes.
Tweeting about the same, official ICC wrote: “Ahead of the #WTC21 final, we set out to determine #TheUltimateTestSeries. After 15 head-to-heads and over seven million votes across our social channels, we have a winner – The 2020/21 Border-Gavaskar Trophy takes the crown.”
36 all-out. Ajinkya Rahane’s MCG ton. Steve Smith’s SCG masterclass and India’s stubborn resistance. The storming of the Gabba.
A comprehensive look back on the 2020/21 Border-Gavaskar Trophy which has been crowned #TheUltimateTestSeries 👑
— ICC (@ICC) June 8, 2021
While the 2020-21 Border-Gavaskar Trophy defeated the series between these two teams way back in 2001 in the semifinals, the 2001 series is remembered for the epic Kolkata Test when VVS Laxman and Rahul Dravid helped India to register an improbable win with their huge partnership.
On January 19 earlier this year, Australia’s fortress — The Gabba — was finally breached by Team India was a gap of 32 years and two months. The injury-ravaged young Indian team managed to register a three-wicket win over Australia fighting all odds in the fourth Test to win the series 2-1.
The last time a visiting team had managed to win a Test at Gabba was back in November 1988 when the mighty West Indian outfit under the leadership of Viv Richards thrashed Allan Border’s team by 9 wickets. Earlier in the series, India had been bundled out for 36 in Adelaide in the first Test against Australia and the side stumbled to an eight-wicket loss.
Skipper Virat Kohli had returned back home after being granted paternity leave, but under Ajinkya Rahane, the team showed a remarkable fight and pulled off a series win. The visiting team was also hampered by injuries throughout the Test series, but this did not hamper the spirits of the team as a young side emerged triumphant in the final Test at the Gabba.