Australia vs India, 4th Test: Can India do the unthinkable?

With the ongoing Border-Gavaskar Test series level at 1-1, hosts Australia will welcome visitors India at the Gabba in Brisbane for the fourth and final Test on Friday. Marred by injury, the Indian team sans Virat Kohli will set sail on an unattained endeavour for the next five days. Stand-in skipper Ajinkya Rahane will be poised to breach the fortress at Gabba, where Australia haven’t lost a Test since 1988/89.

Ahead of the fourth Test, India seems shaken as they take on the hosts without the services of Ravindra Jadeja and Jasprit Bumrah still doubtful to make it to the Playing XI. Hanuma Vihari who picked up a hamstring niggle while batting in Sydney is also being monitored.

Jadeja was ruled out of the fourth Test as the all-rounder was struck on his thumb by a rising delivery from Mitchell Starc during the third day of the Sydney Test. He didn’t take the field for Australia’s second innings. Jadeja has now joined the long list of injured players – Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, and KL Rahul.

The Indian batting coach has commented at the pre-match presser, “The medical team is working with Bumrah, we have to see tomorrow morning whether he is fit to play the fourth Test or not. If he can play, he will play, if he cannot, then he won’t.”

Australia’s fortress – The Gabba:

  1. Australia have not lost a Test at the Gabba in Brisbane since 1988/89. They last lost against West Indies. They are now unbeaten in 31 Tests at the venue.
  2. No Asian team has ever won a Test match at the Gabba.
  3. India have played six Tests at The Gabba where they have lost five and drawn one game. It was under Captain Sourav Ganguly that India have drawn in 2003 at the venue. Ganguly struck 144 to save the Test.
  4. Only Australian batsmen in the list of top 20 run-getters in Tests at the Gabba. (David Warner at 7th, Steve Smith at 18th).
  5. Only Mr. Cricket – England’s Alastair Cook holds the record for most Test runs in Brisbane by any overseas batsman – with 443 runs he is at the 23rd spot.