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.