India’s iconic win at the Gabba has set a trend in the Test cricket for the upcoming years of chasing the target in the fourth innings despite the pitch conditions. With the heroics of Rishab Pant, Shubman Gill and Cheteshwar Pujara the visiting Indian team has been able to conquer the Aussie fortress where they were unbeaten for the past three decades. After a long time, the Indian team has chased such a mammoth total in the fourth innings of a Test match. Let’s have a look at the three highest successful run chases of India in the fourth innings:
- 406/4 Vs West Indies (Port Of Spain 1974)
India was chasing 403 in the fourth innings agianst the dominant West Indies team on their turf. With such a huge mammoth on the board, winning the Test match was a fairy tale. Sunil Gavaskar started the chase in the best way possible as the legendary Indian batsman scored 102 runs before he departed. Gundappa Vishwanath’s 112 along with Mohinder Amarnath’s 85 proved crucial in taking the Indian team over the finishing line and conquering the Test match by six wickets.
- 387/4 Vs England (Chennai 2008)
India had to chase 387 in the fourth innings against the competitive England team. Virender Sehwag started destroying the English bowling attack while chasing a mammoth total, Gautam Gambhir played a patient knock by his side. The opening pair had a 100-run partnership stand for the first wicket which set the tempo of the match. Sachin Tendulkar (103) and Yuvraj Singh’s (85) 150-run partnership sealed the game for India with six wickets in hand. This Indian team’s chase at the Chepauk is considered as one of the iconic Test match victories.
- 329/7 Vs Australia (The Gabba 2021)
The Aussies set a target of 328 for India in the fourth innings. After Rohit Sharma’s early wicket, Shubman Gill (91) and Cheteshwar Pujara (56) stitched a 100-run partnership for the second wicket. Rishabh Pant’s explosive knock of 89 guided India to a historic victory at the Gabba by three wickets against the star-studded Aussies.