India vs Australia Test series 2013
Australia tour of India
4 Tests for Airtel Border-Gavaskar Trophy, 2013
Feb 10, 2013The Airtel Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2013 will be played in India from 22nd February to 26th March. The teams will play 4 Tests, with MS Dhoni leading India and Michele Clark leading Australia.
India vs Australia Test Series
Airtel Border-Gavaskar Cricket Series Schedule
Four Tests - Feb 22 to Mar 26, 2013
|Feb 22 - Feb 26|
04:00 GMT | 09:30 IST
India vs Australia
|Mar 02 - Mar 06, 2013 |
04:00 GMT | 09:30 IST
India vs Australia
|Mar 14 - Mar 18, 2013|
04:00 GMT | 09:30 IST
India vs Australia
|Mar 22 - Mar 26, 2013|
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India vs Australia
4th Test: India vs Australia at Delhi
Delhi Test, Day Three
India seal series whitewash in Delhi [IND-AUS:4-0(4/4)]
March 24, 2013India completed a 4-0 series whitewash, as Cheteshwar Pujara helped seal the win with an unbeaten 82 in Delhi. Chasing 155 to win, India were 5/3 in a mini-collapse before MS Dhoni (12 not out) and Cheteshwar Pujara (82 not out) guided the home side to an historic series triumph, reaching 158/4 off just 31.2 overs to win with more than two days to spare. At the start of the day, the outlook was promising for Australia as they restricted India to adding only six runs to their overnight total (272 all out) with the help of spinner Nathan Lyon's career-best 7-94. Australia were skittled for 164 as man-of-the-match Ravindra Jadeja claimed 5-58 with his left-arm spinners to put the hosts on top. For Australia, tailender Peter Siddle (51 and 50) top-scored for the second time in the match - the first time a No.9 has done so in Test cricket.It's the first time Australia have lost four matches in a Test series since going down 5-1 in the 1978/79 Ashes. It is also the first time that Australia have lost a series 4-0 since a defeat by South Africa in 1970.
Delhi Test, day 3: India 272 (Vijay 57, Pujara 52, Lyon 7-94) and 158/4 (Pujara 82*) beat Australia 262 (Siddle 51, Ashwin 5-57) and 164 (Jadeja 5-58) by 6 wickets
Delhi Test, Day Two
Lyon takes five, India struggling
March 23, 2013Nathan Lyon scalped five wickets as Indian batsmen were tested for the first time in the series on a crumbling track in the fourth and final cricket Test at Feroz Shah Kotla Ground on Saturday. At stumps, India had a slender four-run first-innings lead even after losing six wickets in the post-tea session. In the morning, the Australian innings lasted just over 14 overs as Pattinson's (30) dogged resistance came to an end with Pragyan Ojha getting his 100th Test wicket in his 22nd Test.
Delhi Test, day 2 stumps: India 266/8 (Vijay 57, Pujara 52) lead Australia 262 (Siddle 51, Ashwin 5-57) by 4 runs
Delhi Test, Day One
Ashwin puts hosts on top at Feroz Shah Kotla
March 22, 2013Ravichandran Ashwin claimed four wickets, but Australia’s tail wagged to end the day at 231/8 with a defiant Peter Siddle (47 not out) and James Pattinson (11 not out) at the crease. A sorry middle session saw Australia lose five wickets cheaply, slumping to 153/7 by tea, as Ashwin was assisted superbly by Ravindra Jadeja (two). Ishant Sharma (2 for 35) took both scalps in the opening session on a difficult Delhi pitch which appeared conducive to spin bowling with its ever-increasing cracks.Reported Earlier: Right-handed Mumbai batsman Ajinkya Rahane debuted in a match that saw Shane Watson becoming Australia's 44th Test captain. Suspended from the team for the third Test at Mohali, the 31-year-old Watson stepped into the role of captain on his return to the side after Michael Clarke pulled out due to injury. Australia made four other changes - Watson's fellow suspended mates Mitchell Johnson and James Pattinson also made a return for Mitchell Starc and Xavier Doherty while Matthew Wade replaced Brad Haddin and all-rounder Glenn Maxwell replaced Moises Henriques. India XI: A M Rahane, Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, Ravindrasinh Jadeja, Mahendra Dhoni (c, wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Pragyan Ojha, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ishant Sharma. England XI: Shane Watson (c), David Warner, E J M Cowan, Philips Hughes, Steven Smith, Matthew Wade (Wicket Keeper), G J Maxwell, Mitchell Johnson, Peter Siddle, James Pattinson, Nathan Lyon.
Delhi Test, day 1, stumps: Australia 231/8 (Siddle 47*, Smith 46, Hughes 45, Ashwin 4-40) vs India
Indian Team Selection
Injured Dhawan ruled out of 4th Test; Suresh Raina included
March 19, 2013India's latest batting sensation Shikhar Dhawan who suffered a hand injury during the Mohali test was on Tuesday ruled out of the fourth and final Test against Australia in Delhi. He will be out of action for six weeks, and Suresh Raina will replace him in the squad. The selection committee had opted for veteran left-handed batsman Gautam Gambhir as the substitute opener, before a blood test showed he was down with jaundice.In the absence of Sehwag, Gambhir and Dhawan, Murali Vijay and Ajinkya Rahane are the only openers in the squad and Rahane, who is yet to play a Test, looks most likely to partner Vijay in Delhi. Suresh Raina, who has played 17 tests, wasn't part of the squad for the four Tests against England and the first three Tests against Australia. India Squad: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Capt.), Sachin Tendulkar, Murali Vijay, Suresh Raina, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Harbhajan Singh, Pragyan Ojha, Ishant Sharma, Ashok Dinda, Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
3rd Test: India vs Australia at Mohali
Mohali Test, Day Five
Australia's eighth loss in the last 10 Tests in India, hosts claim series [IND-AUS:3-0(3/4)]
March 18, 2013After bowling out Australia for 223 in their second innings, India chased down the target of 133 with 15 balls remaining before close of play on the last day of the Mohali test to win the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. This marks the first time that India have won three successive Tests against Australia in a Test series. Of the last Ten Tests played by Australia in India, they have lost eight and drawn the remaining three.Earlier, a defiant 65-minute last-wicket stand between Starc (35) and Xavier Doherty (18) consumed 18.1 overs for 44 runs to ensure the Indians bat well into the mandatory overs. When the final hour started, India required 45 runs from a minimum of 15 overs. With only a few overs to go, Jadeja (8) found the boundary twice after Sachin (21) was run out, and then skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni (18) smashed three fours off Mitchell Clarke in a row to finish the innings and win the series.
Mohali Test, day 5: India 499 (Dhawan 187, Vijay 153, Siddle 5-71) and 136/4 beat Australia 408 (Starc 99, Smith 92) and 223 (Hughes 69) by 6 wickets
Mohali Test, Day Four
India poised to win series
March 17, 2013After conceding a 91-run first innings lead, the visitors were struggling at 75 for three at stumps as Bhuvneshwar Kumar struck thrice in the last hour of the day's play to put the hosts in with shout of wrapping up series. Kumar dismissed the opener David Warner for just two runs in the first over (2/1), Ed Cowan trapped LBW in the eighth (35/2) and Steven Smith bowled in the fourteenth (55/3).Earlier, paceman Peter Siddle showed his grit on a flat Mohali pitch claiming 5-71. In the morning, Dhawan could add only one to his overnight 186 while Cheteshwar Pujara followed for one. The 28-year-old Chennai batsman Murali Vijay managed 153, becoming only the fifth Indian to register back-to-back scores of 150 or more. After sharing a 287-run partnership with Dhawan, Vijay added another 92 runs with Tendulkar, who scored a decent 37. India went to lunch at 384/3, and before tea Australia struck four times, but Virat Kohli's unbeaten 67 saw them to 499.
Mohali Test, day 4: Australia 408 (Starc 99, Smith 92) and 75/3 (Hughes 53*, Bhuvneshwar Kumar 3-25) trail India 499 (Dhawan 187, Vijay 153, Siddle 5-71) by 16 runs
Mohali Test, Day Three
Shikhar Dhawan slams fastest century on debut, 185* at stumps
March 16, 2013Shikhar Dhawan blasted an 85-ball hundred on debut, living up to the reputation of the man he replaced, Virender Sehwag, as India coasted to 283/0 at stumps on day three of the third test against Australia. The Delhi batsman reached his 50 off 50 balls, with the help of 12 fours in 72 minutes. Dhawan broke the record of West Indies batsman Dwayne Smith who reached his 100 off 93 balls against South Africa at Newlands, Cape Town in January 2004. At stumps, he was not out on 185 off just 168 balls, while Murali Vijay was on 83 off 181, and India trailing Australia by 125.Earlier in the day, 23-year-old paceman Starc fell painfully short of a maiden first-class century by a run, while all-rounder Steve Smith also fell short of a maiden Test ton, departing on 92. Smith and Starc put on 97 runs for the eighth wicket. The Australians ended up posting a first-innings total of 408. For India, Ishant Sharma and Ravindra Jadeja finished with three wickets each, while Ashwin and Ojha had two apiece.
Mohali Test, day three: India 283/0 (Dhawan 185*, Vijay 83*) trail Australia 408 (Starc 99, Smith 92, Cowan 86, Warner 71, Jadeja 3-77, Sharma 3-72)
Mohali Test, Day Two
India claws back with seven wickets after strong start by Australia
March 15, 2013A 139-run first wicket partnership between David Warner and Ed Cowan gave Australia a solid start at Mohali, but wickets at regular intervals after lunch disturbed their momentum on the second day of the third test. Jadeja got the first two wickets of the innings - that of David Warner (71) and skipper Michael Clarke for nought - in successive balls. Australia reached 273/7 at stumps. They were 180 for three at tea.India made two changes to the squad, bringing in Ojha in place of Harbhajan Singh and Dhawan for the dropped Virender Sehwag. Australia brought in Brad Haddin, Mitchell Starc, Steven Smith and Nathan Lyon in place of the injured Matthew Wade and suspended James Pattinson, Shane Watson and Glenn Maxwell.Reported Earlier: India's latest opening pair of Murali Vijay and debutant Shikhar Dhawan will look to start off with a bang as India look to seal the series at Mohali. India has drawn five and won four since the first Test in 1994 - which they lost to West Indies by 243 runs. India XI: S Dhawan, Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, Ravindrasinh Jadeja, Mahendra Dhoni (c, wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Pragyan Ojha, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ishant Sharma. England XI: David Warner, Ed Cowan, Michael Clarke (c), Phil Hughes, Steve Smith, Brad Haddin (Wicket Keeper), Moises Henriques, Mitchell Starc, Peter Siddle, Xavier Doherty, Nathan Lyon. 12th man: Glenn Maxwell.
Mohali Test, day two: Australia 273/7 (Cowan 86, Warner 71, Jadeja 3-56) vs India
Mohali Test, Day One
Day one abandoned due to persistent rain
March 13, 2013The day's play was officially called off at 1:15 pm without a ball being bowled, due to a heavy downpour that lashed the city since early morning. The Indian team returned to the hotel after spending some time at the stadium, while the Australians enjoyed their best day of the series so far.Reported Earlier: India's latest opening pair of Murali Vijay and debutant Shikhar Dhawan will look to start off with a bang as India look to seal the series at Mohali. India has drawn five and won four since the first Test in 1994 - which they lost to West Indies by 243 runs. India probable: Shikhar Dhawan, M Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni (capt and wk), Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Harbhajan Singh/Pragyan Ojha, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ishant Sharma. England XI: David Warner, Ed Cowan, Michael Clarke (c), Phil Hughes, Steve Smith, Brad Haddin (Wicket Keeper), Moises Henriques, Mitchell Starc, Peter Siddle, Xavier Doherty, Nathan Lyon. 12th man: Glenn Maxwell.
Mohali Test, day one: No toss, day one abandoned due to rain
Indian Team Selection
Sehwag dropped for remaining Tests
March 7, 2013India has dropped veteran batsman Virender Sehwag from the Test side for the first time since 2008, possibly ending the reign of one of cricket's most brutal openers. The squad was trimmed to 14 with the selectors deciding against picking a replacement for him. The out of form opener has scored just 27 runs in his three innings (2, 19 and 6) during the ongoing series. At the start of the Australia series, his regular opening partner Gautam Gambhir was also dropped from the Indian test squad, but then hit a century for India A against the touring side.
The hard-hitting 34-year-old has scored 8,586 runs in 104 Tests at an average of 49.34 since his debut in 2001. At his peak he was relentless, twice passing Triple Hundred - 309 in Multan in 2004 against Pakistan and 319 in Chennai against South Africa in 2008. However, he has scored only one century since November 2010 - a 117 against England in 2012. His 219 from 149 balls against West Indies remains a world record score in one-day international cricket. In the absence of Sehwag, Delhi-born left-hander Shikhar Dhawan could get a chance to open the innings with Murali Vijay in the two matches to be played in Mohali (from March 14) and Delhi (from March 22) respectively. India Squad: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Capt.), Sachin Tendulkar, Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Harbhajan Singh, Pragyan Ojha, Ishant Sharma, Ashok Dinda, Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
2nd Test: India vs Australia at Hyderabad
Hyderabad Test, Day Four
Second big win for India [IND-AUS:2-0(2/4)]
March 5, 2013MS Dhoni emerged as the most successful Indian captain as the hosts beat Australia by an innings and 135 runs to take an unassailable 2-0 lead at Hyderabad. This was his 22nd win as captain in 45 Tests with 5 away wins (1 SAF, 1 SRL, 1 NZL, 1 WIN, 1 BAN), going past Sourav Ganguly's 21 in 49 with 11 away wins (1 SRL, 1 AUS, 1 ENG, 1 PAK, 3 BAN, 3 ZMB, 1 WIN). Spinners R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja produced a mesmerising spell as Australia folded for 131, becoming the first team to lose a Test by an innings after declaring their first innings. It was Ashwin's eighth five-for in 11 home Tests.
Hyderabad Test, day four: India 503 (Pujara 204, Vijay 167) beat Australia 237/9 decl (MJ Clarke 91, Wade 62, Bhuvneshwar Kumar 3-53, Jadeja 3-33) and 131 (Ashwin 5-63, Jadeja 3-33) by an innings and 135 runs
Hyderabad Test, Day Three
India on course for a second big win
March 4, 2013On the third day morning Cheteshwar Pujara reached his second Test double century (204), and extended the second-wicket stand with Murali Vijay (167) to an Indian record 370, as the hosts opened up a first innings lead of 266 against Australia. It was India's fourth highest partnership ever, and along the way Pujara became the second quickest Indian to 1000 Test runs in 18 innings (1017 runs, avg of 67.80, 4 centuries, 1 fifty, 11 matches, 18 innings) - Vinod Kambli had crossed 1000 runs in 14 innings. Murali Vijay hit 23 boundaries and two sixes in his 361-ball knock, while Pujara's knock, spanning 341 balls, was laced with 30 boundaries and one six. Their partnership was primarily responsible for India's imposing 503, despite losing their last nine wickets for only 116 runs. By stumps, Australia had reached 74 for 2, needing a further 192 to avoid an innings defeat, after Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin dismissed David Warner (26) and Phillip Hughes (0) in quick succession.
Hyderabad Test, day three, stumps: Australia 237/9 decl (MJ Clarke 91, Wade 62, Bhuvneshwar Kumar 3-53, Jadeja 3-33) and 74/2 (Ashwin 2-42) trail India 503 (Pujara 204, Vijay 167) by 192 runs
Hyderabad Test, Day Two
Vijay, Pujara partnership nearing triple century mark
March 3, 2013Cheteshwar Pujara (162 not out) and Murali Vijay (129 not out) added an unbeaten 294-run stand in 84 overs to put India in comfortable position on the second day at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Uppal, Hyderabad. Murali and Pujara came together, dug in and never looked back after Virender Sehwag departed caught behind off Peter Siddle for 6 on Sunday morning. Pujara hit his fourth Test century in his 11th Test (batting average 67.57, 1 50) and Vijay scored his second in his 12th Test (batting average 30.45, 2 50s) as the record second-wicket partnership took India to a comfortable 311 for one at close, 74 ahead of Australia.
Hyderabad Test, day two: India 311/1 (Pujara 162*, Vijay 129*) lead Australia 237/9 decl (MJ Clarke 91, Wade 62, Bhuvneshwar Kumar 3-53, Jadeja 3-33) by 74 runs
Hyderabad Test, Day One
Australia collapse against India
March 2, 2013Australian skipper Michael Clarke declared their first innings at 237 for nine after Indian pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar (3-53) ran through the top-order during an incisive first spell, and Ravindra Jadeja (3-33) and Harbhajan Singh (2-52) wreaked havoc in the post-tea session to put Australia on backfoot on the first day of the second Test at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad. Captain Michael Clarke (91) and wicketkeeper-batsman Matthew Wade (62) added 145 runs for the fifth wicket.At stumps, India were five for no loss with openers Virender Sehwag and Murali Vijay batting on four and zero respectively as they survived the brief period. India XI: Virender Sehwag, Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, Mahendra Dhoni (capt & wk), Ravindrasinh Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Harbhajan Singh, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ishant Sharma. England XI: David Warner, E J M Cowan, Philips Hughes, Shane Watson, Michael Clarke (Captain), Matthew Wade (Wicket Keeper), G J Maxwell, Moises Henriques, Peter Siddle, James Pattinson, X J Doherty.
Hyderabad Test, day one, stumps: India 5/0 trail Australia 237/9 decl (MJ Clarke 91, Wade 62, Bhuvneshwar Kumar 3-53, Jadeja 3-33) by 232 runs
1st Test: India vs Australia at Chennai
Chennai Test, Day Five
Eight wicket win for India, take 1-0 lead [IND-AUS:1-0(1/4)]
Feb 26, 2013Sachin Tendulkar (13*) hit two sixes off the first two balls he faced from Lyon in the 9th over, after coming out to replace Sehwag who was out for 19. India took 11.3 overs to score the 50 runs required for a victory, but lost two wickets in the process. MS Dhoni, who is now level with Ganguly as the most successful Indian captain with 21 wins, won the man of the match award for his magnificent innings of 224 in the first innings.
Chennai Test, day five: India 572 (Dhoni 224, Kohli 107, Tendulkar 81, Pattinson 5-96) and 50/2 beat Australia 380 (Clarke 130, Henriques 68, Ashwin 7-103) and 241 (Henriques 81*, Ashwin 5-95) by 8 wickets
Chennai Test, Day Four
Moises Henriques delays Indian victory
Feb 25, 2013An unbeaten 75 from debutant Moises Henriques averted a fourth-day defeat for Australia, who closed just 40 ahead of India at 232-9. He added 57 for the 10th wicket with Nathan Lyon who is eight not out, to prevent India from wrapping up the match with a day to spare. Offspinner Ravi Ashwin claimed 5-90 after his seven-wicket haul in Australia's first innings.The highlight of India's performance was skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni's 224 runs - the highest by an Indian wicketkeeper or captain - including 24x4s and 6x6s which enabled the home team to post a mammoth 572 in their first innings. Resuming on 515/8, India lost 2-57 in the first hour of the day. Dhoni added 18 to his overnight 206 and Bhuvneshwar Kumar ended up with 38 on his debut. Kumar and Ishant Sharma added 26 more for the last wicket, thereby ensuring a lead of 192 runs.
Chennai Test, day four, stumps: Australia 380 (Clarke 130, Henriques 68, Ashwin 7-103) and 232/9 (Henriques 75*, Ashwin 5-90) lead India 572 (Dhoni 224, Kohli 107, Tendulkar 81, Pattinson 5-96) by 40 runs
Chennai Test, Day Three
Ruthless Dhoni slams maiden double ton, India dominate
Feb 24, 2013Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni slammed his maiden double ton (206*) to help India finish day three of the first Test at 515/8, leading Australia by 135 runs. The 31-year-old set the M A Chidambaram stadium ablaze with his amazing strokeplay as he smashed 22 boundaries and five sixes during his 243-ball assault. His first 100 came off 119 balls, while his second hundred took another 112 balls. Earlier Sachin was out for 81 in the morning session, after which Virat Kohli reached 107 - his fourth ton in longer format. Dhoni, who walked in after Sachin fell, and India had scored just 14 runs after an hour's play, put on 128-run with Kohli for the fifth-wicket. Once Kohli was gone, Ravindra Jadeja (16), Ravichandran Ashwin (3) and Harbhajan Singh (11) all departed quickly and Dhoni risked running out of partners. However Dhoni and debutant Bhuvneshwar Kumar (16) added 109 runs for the unfinished ninth-wicket stand, with most of the runs coming from the captain's bat.
1st Cricket Test, day three: India 515/8 (Dhoni 206*, Kohli 107, Tendulkar 81, Pattinson 4-89) lead Australia 380 (Clarke 130, Henriques 68, Ashwin 7-103) by 135 runs
Chennai Test, Day Two
Sachin Tendulkar inspires fightback after Pattinson takes early wickets
Feb 23, 2013Sachin Tendulkar hit an unbeaten 71 as India closed day two of the first Test 198 behind Australia at 182/3. Having walked into the crease with the scorecard reading 12 for 2, Sachin was involved in solid partnerships of 93 with Cheteshwar Pujara (44) and 77 with Virat Kohli (50*). Sachin, who will turn 40 later this year, scored a superb unbeaten 71 from 128 balls, including six fours. It was his most fluent innings in Tests since the 80 he scored in Sydney in January 2012.Earlier, Ravichandran Ashwin bagged a career-best 7 for 103 as Australia were bowled out for 380. Sehwag managed to hold a catch off Siddle at slip to give Harbhajan Singh a wicket in his 100th Test. Siddle (19) batted for 94 deliveries, and was involved in a 54-run stand with Australian captain Michael Clarke (130) as Australia extended another 64 runs to the overnight total.
1st Cricket Test, day two: India 182/3 (Tendulkar 71*, Kohli 50*, Pattinson 3-25) trail Australia 380 (Clarke 130, Henriques 68, Ashwin 7-103) by 198 runs
Chennai Test, Day One
Clarke, Ashwin dominate on a day of fluctuating fortunes
Feb 22, 2013Michael Clarke's 23rd test century - his sixth against India - helped Australia recover from a precarious position to post a respectable 316 for 7 on day one in Chennai. Debutant allrounder Moises Henriques scored 68 and shared a 151-run stand with Clarke before Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin trapped him in the evening session to end with 6-88 as he took all but one among seven wickets that fell at the Chepauk. India XI: MS Dhoni (capt & wk), V Sehwag, M Vijay, CA Pujara, SR Tendulkar, V Kohli, RA Jadeja, R Ashwin, Harbhajan Singh, B Kumar, I Sharma. England XI: DA Warner, EJM Cowan, PJ Hughes, SR Watson, MJ Clarke (Captain), MS Wade (Wicket Keeper), MC Henriques, PM Siddle, MA Starc, JL Pattinson, NM Lyon.
1st Cricket Test, day one: Australia 316/7 (Clarke 103*, Henriques 68, Ashwin 6-88) vs India
Harbhajan Singh recalled, Gautam Gambhir dropped
15-member Indian cricket squad announced for the first two Tests
Feb 10, 2013Gautam Gambhir was the sole big-name casualty as Indian selectors picked a 15-man squad for the first two of four Tests against Australia. Shikhar Dhawan was his surprise replacement, while senior off-spinner Harbhajan Singh returned to the squad for India's first Test assignment since the embarrassing 1-2 loss to England at home.Gambhir's last Test century came in January 2010 against Bangladesh. Apart from struggling Virender Sehwag, prolific scorer Murali and Dhawan are the other openers in the squad. Left-hand opening batsman Dhawan, 27, is also from Delhi, and has scored three hundreds in his last seven matches, including a limited-overs century against the England team in December. Despite scoring a century and a fifty in Irani Cup for Rest of India, Suresh Raina was also ignored. His last test was against New Zealand at Bangalore in Sep 2012, where he scored 55 and 0 as India won by 5 wickets. India Squad for first two Tests: MS Dhoni (capt & wk), Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar, Shikhar Dhawan, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ravindra Jadeja, Harbhajan Singh, R Ashwin, Pragyan Ojha, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ajinkya Rahane, Ashok Dinda, Murali Vijay, Ishant Sharma.