Top moments of India-Australia series
Is India - Australia the new Ashes? Not many would agree, but most do agree that that the Border-Gavaskar Trophy is up there and it is one of the most keenly watched and followed cricket series. CricketNDTV.com picks top five moments of the 2008 edition of the Border Gavaskar Trophy.
<p>Is India-Australia the new Ashes? Not many would agree, but most do feel that the Border-Gavaskar Trophy is up there and it is without a doubt one of the most keenly watched and followed cricket series. </p> <p>CricketNDTV picks the top five moments of the 2008 edition of the the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. (AP Photo)</p>
<p>It looked like Sachin Tendulkar was taking ages to get to that mark and when he did, he did it in style. After his incomplete mission in Bangalore, Tendulkar redeemed himself in Mohali in his 152nd Test and West Indian legend Brian Lara was toppled from the highest Test run-accumulator's pedestal. </p> <p>Test debutant Peter Siddle sent down the first ball of the post-tea session. Tendulkar glided it to third man for three runs to surpass Lara's record of 11,953 runs and raise the bar even higher for posterity. He also became the first batsman to complete 12,000 Test runs. (AP Photo)</p>
<p>Though Sourav Ganguly announced his retirement before the commencement of the India-Australia Test series, Anil Kumble was the first one to bow out of the international stage. </p> <p>After missing out the second Test due to injury, he returned to lead the side in New Delhi. On the last day of the Kotla Test, Kumble decided it was time to say goodbye. His teammates carried him on their shoulders and let him know he would forever be a Jumbo among other men. (AP Photo)</p>
<p>India's new Test skipper MS Dhoni proved that he is Sourav Ganguly's true heir apparent in terms of captaincy. MSD not only led the team to two victories but also showed his respect towards the retiring stalwarts. </p> <p>In an extraordinary gesture, Dhoni asked his former skipper to lead the team in the last stages of the Nagpur Test, while he invited Anil Kumble to jointly lift the Border-Gavaskar Trophy at the end. (AFP Photo)</p>
<p>Gautam Gambhir emerged as the new angry young man of India but he was soon grounded with a one-Test ban for his elbow push to Australian all-rounder Shane Watson. But that did not stop him from becoming the highest run-getter of the series. </p> <p>Apart from his tiffs with Watson and Simon Katich, Gambhir will remember another sizzling moment from the series when he got a 100 with a six at his home ground in Delhi. (AP Photo)</p>
<p>This was a moment that Indians across the world will cherish for years to come. Back at the No. 2 spot in world rankings, India walloped the world champions 2-0. That's our moment No. 5 along with Ishant Sharma bucking all trends by becoming a fast bowler to win a 'Man Of the Series' award at home.</p> <p>The series had other moments as well. Harbhajan Singh dismissing Ricky Ponting for the 10th time to complete his 300 Test wickets, Ganguly completing 7000 Test runs, VVS Laxman playing his 100th Test and Sachin Tendulkar taking his 100th Test catch. (AP Photo)</p>