The fourth and final Test between India and Australia at Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad ended in a draw, with the hosts clinching the 4-match Border-Gavaskar series 2-1.
The tourists lost Matthew Kuhnemann early, but Marnus Labuschagne and Travis Head dragged the game deep with a strong 139-run partnership for the first wicket. Head fell 10 runs short of what could be a stunning hundred. In the end, with more than an hour left on the clock for stumps, both teams decided to shake hands.
With that, India won their 16th consecutive series win at home. Notably, both teams have also booked their berths for the 2023 WTC final. While the Aussies had done it first, India reached the final after New Zealand’s thrilling win over Sri Lanka in the Christchurch Test.
The match was a high-scoring encounter, with both sides putting up big totals in their first innings. However, India had the upper hand, thanks to Virat Kohli and Shubman Gill‘s brilliant hundreds. Kohli, in fact, ended his century drought, smashing his 28th ton in the longest format on Day 4 of this game. The former India skipper ended up scoring 186 runs. Similarly, Shubman also shined with the bat, smashing 128 runs.
“It was a hard fought series. There were moments where we were put under extreme pressure and we managed to respond. Rohit led the way with the hundred in the first Test, capped off by the big one by Virat here. In the middle we had Jadeja, Axar, Shubman, probably missed a few. We needed to find people to respond and we found that. To be able to compete and get the better of them is a proud achievement. It’s been an exciting 4-5 months for Shubman. Exciting to see a young player coming in and maturing. Great sign for us, long may it continue. Lovely kid, works hard on his skill. Great exposure for him to learn from the likes of Virat, Rohit, Steve Smith,” said India head coach Rahul Dravid after the match.
Here is how Twitter reacted:
Runs galore here in Ahmedabad with the final Test resulting in a Draw!
— BCCI (@BCCI) March 13, 2023
— ICC (@ICC) March 13, 2023
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) March 13, 2023
Virat Kohli won the player of the match award for his terrific hundred.
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) March 13, 2023
Test series without a 50+ score for Steven Smith
vs Pak, 2019/20 (home): 4, dnb, 36, dnb
vs Ind, 2022/23 (away): 37, 25*, 0, 9, 26, dnb, 38, 10*
— Deepu Narayanan (@deeputalks) March 13, 2023
🏆 CHAMPIONS! India lift the Border-Gavaskar Trophy for the 4th time in a row.
💙 Skipper Rohit joins the elite list of captains to lift the coveted trophy!
— The Bharat Army (@thebharatarmy) March 13, 2023
— CricketTimes.com (@CricketTimesHQ) March 13, 2023
— Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) March 13, 2023
After such a fascinating series, it’s a real shame the final Test ended in a lame draw
— ThePoppingCrease (@PoppingCreaseSA) March 13, 2023
— Melinda Farrell (@melindafarrell) March 13, 2023
— SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) March 13, 2023
Last 4 India v Australia Test series
2017: India won the series 2-1
2018-19: India won the series 2-1
2020-21: India won the series 2-1
2023: India won the series 2-1
— Sarang Bhalerao (@bhaleraosarang) March 13, 2023