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performance in Test Matches during the year 2000.
performance in Test matches during the year 2000 was extremely
disappointing. In a span of 12 months, India played two ‘away’ Test
matches and four on home grounds. Overall, India lost 3 test matches and
won 2 and 1 ended in a draw.
year started with yet another humiliating defeat at the hands of the
ruthless Aussies. Steve Waugh’s amazing Aussies completed the 3-0 sweep
of India’s tour of down-under, when they defeated India at Sydney.
Indians were hoping to salvage some pride by winning the third test at
Sydney, where the wicket has traditionally been favourable to spinners.
But, the cunny Aussies changed the tactics and prepared a green-top. Soon,
Indian batsmen were found wanting. The only consolation from this Test was
a brilliant hundreds by opener V.V.S Laxman. The way Laxman counter
attacked the thunderbolts of the McGrath and Co. was a treat to watch.
next two Tests were played at Mumbai and Bangalore against the
South-Africans. The hope of Indians recovery was shattered in the
convincing win of the Proteas. Prior to the team selection of Mumbai Test,
Sachin Tendulkar announced that he would quit the Test captaincy after the
series. The reason was apparently the inclusion of Mohd. Azharuddin in
Test team. By losing 2-0 from the South Africans, India also lost its
first ever-home series defeat, since 1986-87. The Bangalore Test was
Azhar’s 99th Test, where he scored a defiant century.
next assignment was at the Bangabandhu Stadium in Dhaka, where it played
the inaugural Test of Bangladesh. Before India won, Bangladesh also teased
India with its spirited performance. Thanks to Aminul Islam’s 145,
Bangladesh piled up 400 runs in the first innings. Eventually, in a rare
virtuoso of fine bowling, India won the test by nine wickets. Thus India
also won its first away Test win, since defeating Sri Lanka in 1992-93 at
Colombo. The feat was achieved under the India’s new captain, Sourav
played its next two Test matches against the touring Zimbabwe side at
Delhi and Nagpur, respectively. In the Delhi Test match, Indian bowler’s
lackluster performance allowed Zimbabwe to make 400 odd runs in first
innings. But, later largely due to the man of match Srinath’s stupendous
performance and captain Ganguly’s brave declaration, India won.
Nagpur’s benign track, 6 batsmen from both team plundered centuries. The
Test ended in a draw, where Andy Flower stood out as a wall between
India’s win and Zimbabwe’s loss. While India found a promising young
opener in the form of ShivSundar Das, Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar
were also at their best.
a whole, India’s performance was uninspiring and dull. Even the lowly
rated teams like Bangladesh and Zimbabwe gave a run to their money.