It has been exactly 19 years since the battle between Sachin Tendulkar and Shane Warne – then, widely considered as the best batsman and bowler in the world – reached its peak.
In the first Test of a three-match series in Chennai, Warne had dismissed Tendulkar for just four in the first innings as India conceded a 71-run lead to the Aussies.
In India’s second innings, Tendulkar came back with a bang. He played one of the best knocks of his career, scoring 155 from 191 deliveries – including 14 fours and four sixes.
The highlight of the innings came when Warne bowled around the wicket and Tendulkar took the attack to the leg-spinner. India would win the match by 179 runs and later, win the series 2-1.
You can watch the innings in the video above.
Dubai-based cricketer Sanjay Ramakrishnan was left in awe after having an opportunity to train with India star Ravichandran Ashwin in Chennai.
The 14-year-old all-rounder was invited especially for a training camp at Ashwin’s Gen-Next Academy prior to the start of the India-Australia Test series last month, having impressed during a masterclass when the 30-year-old was in the UAE in December.
During his two weeks on the sub-continent, he also picked the brains of the academy’s head coach, P Srinivasan, and the coaching team as he worked on developing his all-round game.
And while it proved to be challenging, the youngster was thrilled with the knowledge he gained during the fortnight.
“It was a real enlightening experience for me to spend two weeks at Gen-Next Academy in Chennai,” said Ramakrishnan, who is on a cricket scholarship at Kings’ Al Barsha School in Dubai. “But to spend quality time with Ashwin was something of a privilege for me and it was always good to hear new tricks of the trade from him.”
While he was also put through his paces in a strenuous training regime which included running drills between the wickets, he insists he’s already seen signs of improvement in his play.
“I was working on my transition from a pacer to an off-spinner a lot and I feel I have got all the basics right which is a key accomplishment. I also worked hard on bowling the ball in the right areas and thought about strategies.
“Overall, it was a lifetime opportunity working with Ashwin and I will cherish this camp for the rest of my life.”
So impressed was he with his stint in India, the teen is already dreaming of returning to the academy later this year.
“Yes, definitely there are plans to go back there at periodic intervals,” he added. “In any sport, learning is always a continuous exercise and I could see that clearly with their coaching philosophy.
“There’s still areas to work on and hopefully my next trip will be in May or June for another two-week coaching camp to work on bowling aspects as well as my batting techniques and stances.”
The row between India captain Virat Kohli and Australia counterpart Steve Smith has quickly escalated, the fall-out from the second Test adding even greater spice to an intriguing Test series.
But it is by no means the first example of heated exchanges between India and Australia and the series has created a rather unique rivalry over the years.
Here, we look at four other examples when tempers have flared in the middle of an India vs Australia series.
Sunil Gavaskar was ruled out lbw off the bowling of Dennis Lillee in the second innings but was furious with the decision, standing his ground before slapping his pads in anger.
The India captain started to return to the pavilion but Lillee said something to Gavaskar causing the opener to march back to the crease and instruct batting partner Chetan Chauhan to walk off with him.
The pair were met on the boundary by team manager Shahid Durrani and assistant Bapu Nadkarni who persuaded Chauhan to return to the field.
Gavaskar later admitted regret over his actions which could have caused India to forfeit the match: “As India captain, I was not supposed to act in that manner. In no way can I justify my act of defiance.”
Perhaps Sachin Tendulkar’s most controversial dismissal occurred at the Adelaide Oval as he engaged in a toe-to-toe battle with Glenn McGrath.
Tendulkar had seen off six maidens from the fiery Aussie quick before a ball short of a length hit him on the shoulder as he ducked.
However, umpire Daryl Harper ruled it lbw believing the ball would have struck the stumps had it carried. Tendulkar was mystified but accepted the decision. The rest of India erupted in fury.
To this day, McGrath maintains it was out while Harper claims Gavaskar told him: “It would’ve been out LBW if the stumps were six inches taller.”
Michael Slater thought he had caught Rahul Dravid at square leg but it was given not out as the third umpire ruled the ball appeared to hit the turf.
An angry Slater then approached umpire S Venkatraghavan before turning his ire on Dravid who had refused to walk and swore at the India batsman.
Slater later apologised to Dravid at the end of the day’s play and got away with just a warning from ICC match referee Cammie Smith.
The nadir of Indo-Australian relations in a controversy forever known as, Monkeygate.
Harbhajan Singh was accused of calling Andrew Symonds “a monkey” after the all-rounder confronted him for touching bowler Brett Lee.
Harbhajan was banned for three matches for racial abuse but a BCCI appeal saw the sanction rescinded. Unfortunately for Symonds his Test career never really recovered as captain Ricky Ponting later claimed his team-mate felt he had been given a lack of support from Cricket Australia in challenging Harbhajan and the BCCI.
Anil Kumble also complained about Australia’s conduct during the match claiming they were not acting in “the spirit of the game” over appeals for catches.