2nd Test: Virat Kohli’s India can retain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy with victory in Perth
Victory at Adelaide Oval has put India in the unfamiliar position of 1-0. ©AFP

Having beaten Australia by 31 runs at Adelaide Oval, Virat Kohli s Indian cricket team can retain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy by winning the second Test in Perth starting Friday.

Victory over of Australia in Adelaide on Monday marked a rare achievement in 72 years of Indian cricket teams visiting Australia, and was the first time since December 2006 in South Africa that any Indian side began a tour of the SENA (South Africa, England, New Zealand, Australia) countries by winning the first Test.

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The Border-Gavaskar Trophy came into existence in 1996 when Mark Taylor s Australian team arrived in India for a one-off Test match in Delhi which India won in what was Sachin Tendulkar s first Test as captain.

In 1998, Sachin Tendulkar dominated Australia's bowlers.
In 1998, Sachin Tendulkar dominated Australia’s bowlers. AFP

In 1998, Australia visited again and were beaten 2-1. In 1999, India toured Australia and were blanked 3-0 in an awful series from which the only silver lining was VVS Laxman’s 167 at the SCG.

Then came the epic 2000-01 series in which Sourav Ganguly s team came back from defeat in Mumbai to win in Kolkata and Chennai, with Laxman s epic 281 at Eden Gardens proving a turning point in Indian cricket history.

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In 2003, Ganguly s team drew 1-1 in Australia during a series in which Rahul Dravid scripted a classic in Adelaide and at the end of which Steve Waugh retired. Less than a year later, Ricky Ponting s team came to India and conquered the final frontier.

Rahul Dravid celebrates hitting the winning runs at Adelaide Oval
Rahul Dravid celebrates hitting the winning runs at Adelaide Oval. @AFP

The acrimonious 2007-08 tour of Australia saw India win in Perth and threaten to fly back after the Monkeygate scandal broke in Sydney. The hosts won the series 2-1. In 2008, India beat Australia at home and then repeated the dosage in 2010.

When India returned to Australia in 2011-12 under MS Dhoni they were whitewashed 0-4, a scoreline that was repeated the other way around when they made the return trip in 2013. In 2014-15, Australia took back the Border-Gavaskar Trophy with a 2-0 win at home.

In 2017, Kohli led India to a 2-1 win at home to get the trophy back.