Ind v Aus Test series 2021 wins the ICC’s contest as the best test series of all time
The ICC in the last couple of weeks had run a contest on the social media for the Ultimate test series. It was to decide the finest Test series ever played in cricket history for which ICC earmarked 16 test series. Across the eras which they felt deserved to be in the contest.
The 16 best series was divide into 2 groups with 8 winners moving into the quarterfinals from which the 4 semi-finalists are decided Some of the top test series. Which were in the contest was the Ashes series of 1932/33, 1936/37, 1981 & 2005. India v Pakistan 1999, Australia v West Indies 1960/61, 1995. New Zealand v Australia 1985/86, India v Australia 2001 & 2021.
The top 4 Test series that moved into the semifinals were India v Australia 2001 and 2021. At one half of the draw while India v Pakistan 1999 and Ashes series of 2005 was at the other half of the draw. Ind v Aus Test series 2021 wins the ICC’s contest as the best test series of all time.
In the semi-finals, it was a big clash between the Border Gavaskar series of 2001 and 2021. Both of which was win by India 2-1 under extremely difficult circumstances. While the Australian team of 2001 was invincible and one of the great cricket teams. The Australian team of 2021 was a tough team to beat at home and in both cases. Team India prevailed in sensational fashion. Since a large percentage of the current generation may not have seen the 2001 series. Also since the 2021 series is fresh in everyone’s minds. With the resilience shown by an injury-ravage Indian team in an overseas series. The 2021 series won the 1st semifinal.
However, the 2nd semifinal was a disappointment. India v Pakistan 1999 series was a 2 tests affair which was drawn 1-1. It was pit against a highly rate Ashes series 2005. Which was won by England 2-1 against a power-pack Australia. The Indo-Pak series surprisingly won the 2nd semis. Which proves that a large number of voters in this contest was of Asian origin. Earlier in 1st round, the Ind v Pak 1999 series beat another highly rated Aus v WI 1960/61 series won by Australia 2-1.
Thus the final was between the Aus v Ind 2001 series as against Ind v Pak 1999 series. Similarly, as per expectations, the Ind v Aus 2021 series triumphed in the final to win the ultimate test series award.