2021 has been a wonderful year for team India as far as the Test Cricket is concerned. The Virat Kohli and Co. registered some heart-warming wins both at home and in overseas conditions. India outplayed their opponents at home and also fought hard in the toughest nations to compete in world cricket.
This year, India played against England at home and also in their own backyard. At the start of the year, India registered their second Border-Gavaskar series win in Australia. Recently, they whitewashed New Zealand (2-0) at home in the two-match series.
Overall, India played 13 Tests in 2021 and managed to win 7 out of them. They lost 3 Tests this year, including the heart-wrenching one in the World Test Championship final against New Zealand. However, apart from that, India showcased brilliant performances throughout the year. With the year almost over, we take a look at India’s 5 best Test wins of Team India in 2021.
5 Best Test Wins Of Team India In 2021
India’s Tour of Australia, 2020-21: Fourth Test at The Gabba
India’s victory against Australia in the fourth Test of the Border Gavaskar Series 2020-21 at The Gabba in Brisbane is counted as one of the best victories India have ever registered in Test Cricket. It’s arguably the best Test win for India in 2021.
Ahead of the fourth and final Test, the series was levelled at 1-1. Australia were obviously the favourite to win the last Test at Gabba, keeping in mind their outstanding record at the stadium. Australia never lost a Test match at The Gabba for 32 years. However, a determined Indian team created history after beating the Aussies at the very stadium by 3 wickets and thereby winning the series by a 2-1 margin.
India were playing the Test match without the services of Virat Kohli, Ashwin, Bumrah, Shami and Jadeja. Yet they managed to not only produce a fight but went on to win the Test. Riding on a century from Labuschagne, Australia posted a good-looking score of 369 runs in the first innings. India too batted brilliantly and finished their innings at 336, with vital contributions coming from Rohit Sharma, Washington Sundar, and Shardul Thakur to name a few.
India then bundled out Australia for 294 runs, thanks to sensational spells from Mohammad Siraj and Shardul Thakur. India needed a mammoth 328 runs on the final day to win the Test. Perhaps, nobody expected the way India batted on the last day of the tour.
Shubman Gill scored 91 off 146, while Pujara batted 146 deliveries for his 56. However, the one who made India believe that they can win the Test was Rishabh Pant. The southpaw ensured he mix caution with aggression and stayed right till the end. He went on to score an unbeaten 89 off 138 and guided his team to a seven-wicket win in the end.