India's Big 3 and their final frontier Down Under

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Published: Friday, December 23, 2011, 13:45 [IST]
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Big 3's final frontier Down Under

Melbourne, Dec 23: Charismatic batsmen of the era, India's famous Big 3 are on the verge of playing their last series down under. This time around, the veterans of Indian cricket are on a mission, to register their first series win in Australia which was due all this while.

Considering the fact that India's Big 3 - Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman all in their late 30's, accompanying the Indian squad for the next tour scheduled in Dec 2014 seems to be next to impossible as they might hardly afford to play cricket for a year to the maximum extent.

With barrels of records to their credit, a series win, would be a befitting one to end their tour down under and cherish the memories of their first series win in Australia.

Though we would want them to play for a few more years, practically speaking their age doesn't permit and as they would also like to give opportunities for youngsters.

A few years down the lane, youngsters in the team would have taken the positions of the Big 3 though its hard to replace such legends, they would try to live up to the expectations.

All said and done, at 38, these cricketers have experienced success and failures and are capable of handling these in equal proportions. This is one last time we can witness the great Indian batting line-up on Australian pitches.

The three cricketing legends have more than 7000 runs altogether to their credit against Australia. Here's a table with more details.

         Player              Span     Matches  Runs  Highest Score  Average  100  50  0
 Sachin Tendulkar  1991-2010       31  3151         241*    60.59   11  13  4
 VVS Laxman  1998-2010       25  2279         281    55.58    6  11  2
 Rahul Dravid  1996-2010       28  1949         233   42.36    2  12  3

At 38, with an average of 60.59 against Australia, Sachin Tendulkar is as powerful as he was 22 years ago, during his debut in 1989. Similarly Very Very Special Laxman is behind the master blaster as he has scored 2279 runs off 25 matches against Australia at an average of 55.58. Rahul Dravid is placed fourth with a tally of 1949 runs off 28 matches at an average of 42.36

Despite his current form, Ricky Ponting has a reason to smile as he is the only player who is in the current squad who has scored more runs for Australia against India with a tally of 2011 runs off 25 matches and an average higher than Dravid.

With such amazing performances in the past, India's Big 3 are definitely a tough nut to crack. Needless to say, Aussie bowlers will have a tough task to contain these legends as they are prone to scoring big.

All eyes will be on Sachin Tendulkar, in particular as his impenidng 100th ton will be back in focus. More importantly critics say that he would achieve this historic feat in Australia as it happens to be his favourite country for playing cricket and most importantly its the country which produced the cricketing legend Sir Donald Bradman.

Rahul Dravid who has had an amazing year so far, would like to continue his good run and score more runs as he has already scored 1067 runs off 11 matches with an average of 59.27 which includes 5 centuries and 3 fifties to his credit in this calendar year. VVS Laxman, needless to say, comes at his best especially against

Aussies, his favourite opposition. With all odds favouring Indian win, India's Big 3 are going to play at their usual best to ensure a series win while they play for one last time on Australian pitches.

With such amazing records, moreover playing against a depleted Aussie side, Team India have the best chance of winning the series in Australia, a treasure that's long awaited provided Indian bowlers get acclimatize to the conditions and perform at their top most level.

Though it reminds us of this quote, 'Easy to say, hard to get', it perfectly suits the scenario as the team is wary of the conditions, the odds and of course taking advantage of the injury-rid Aussie side, the hardest tour is round the corner and getting the basics right would fetch good results.


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