Bangalore, Dec 10: The countdown has begun for the most awaited tour of the year as India is slated to play the first out of the four test series against Australia starting on Dec 26, 2011. Starting with the inexperienced bowling attack, Indian bowling wears a new look similar to the Aussies.
But India can boast of its famous batting line up as the test specialists are in great form and with the recent explosive innings, dashing opener Virender Sehwag too has sent the alarm bells ringing, as he awaits to continue his good form in Australia too.
As Pattinson remarks, there is no better challenge than India 's batting, the most famous batting line-up that boasts of players like Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman, Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir and the skipper MS Dhoni, will definitely pose a threat for Australia's inexperienced bowling attack.
Though Team India doesn't possess a series win in Australia, the current team could register a win against Aussies on their soil.
Batting is definitely the key as it can cover up the inexperienced bowling attack possessed by Team India. A further scan into the achievements' page of Big 3, suggest that India has so far posted 300 plus partnerships four times against the then World champs Aussies making it evident that the test specialists (Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman) are on a mission this time too, as this could be their last tour of Australia.
Big 3 in late 30s, expect to make most use of their experience as they have a task at hand to register their first series win against Aussies on their soil.
Uttering the names of VVS Laxman, Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar can even induce goose bumps for Aussie bowlers, as they have the mastered the best strokes, easily the best batsmen of this era, two of them being the top run getters in test cricket, its indeed a delight to watch them play while its a pain for the bowlers to conquer their batting.
Since the Aussie bowling attack also wears a new look with the likes of James Pattinson, Pat Cummins and Nathan Lyon which means to say the Aussie attack sans Glenn McGrath, Brett Lee, Jason Gillespie, Nathan Bracken, Shane Warne who dominated Australia in World cricket for a decade.
A look at the earlier partnerships involving the Big 3: Out of eleven 300 plus partnerships by Indian cricketers in the history of Test cricket, 7 of them feature the big 3 (Sachin, Dravid, Laxman) while 4 of them have come against Australia.
The best so far being, test specialists Rahul Dravid and Laxman's 376 for the 5th wicket after enforcing follow on by the Aussies at Eden Gardens, Kolkata in the year 2001.
Following on, VVS Laxman's spectacular knock of 281 and Rahul Dravid's 180 helped India come back and win the test after they were reduced to 171 in the first innings with a deficit of 274 runs.
Another partnership of the same duo, at Adelaide Test where Dravid and Laxman piled up 303 runs for the 5th wicket in Dec 2003, takes the second place.
Sachin, the man of records, his amazing knock of 241* in the first innings, and his partnership of 353 with VVS Laxman (178) for the 4th wicket happens to be the 4th best partnership for India in the history of Test Cricket. Dravid-Laxman's 376 being the 3rd highest partnership for India so far.
The match ended in a draw after India scored 705 /7 before declaring their innings, Aussies were bundled out for 474 and scored 211/2 in the second innings and declared when Dravid remained unbeaten on 91*, 9 runs short of a century.
It was the same when India declared at 705/7 as Tendulkar remained unbeaten on 241* at the time of declaration which raised a few eyebrows. Though it was a test match marred with controversies, an amazing batting performance remains evergreen in the history of Indian cricket.
Another partnership of 308 for the 3rd wicket between Sachin Tendulkar and Murali Vijay against Australia at Chinnaswamy stadium, Bangalore in Oct 2010 is the fourth time India put up a 300 plus stand against Aussies.
With 15,153 runs, Sachin is the highest run-scorer in Tests and Rahul Dravid remains second only to Sachin as he has scored 13, 094 runs in Test Cricket. VVS Laxman also has 8626 Test runs to his credit especially with a great average against Australia can be truly dangerous, tearing the attack apart. With such talented batsmen in the team, India's Big 3, definitely pose a threat to the Aussie bowlers as they have not got an opportunity to bowl to the giants of Indian cricket. Now, its time to wait for the moment to see the Big 3 in action as records and rare feat awaits Australian pitches.