March 22 is a significant date in history of Indian cricket as 20 years back, an unassuming team beat Australia in the three-Test series 2-1, under the leadership of Sourav Ganguly. It still remains one of the best series to be ever played — and many believe it to be one that changed the landscape of Indian cricket forever.
Former Australia wicket-keeper Adam Gilchrist revealed what happened after India beat Australia in Kolkata and ended their 16-match winning streak.
“I remember sitting after the game in Calcutta and both teams had to fly down to Chennai and we wound up in the change rooms and it was charter flight that both teams were on, and we were left sitting there waiting and waiting and waiting whilst the Indians celebrated back at the ground. They finally made their way out and, understandably, with pretty smug looks on their faces," Gilchrist told foxsports.com.au.
Gilchrist, who had scored a century in the first Test in Mumbai, had a terrible run in the matches to follow. He went on to praise Harbhajan Singh and the entire team, for pushing the Aussies on the backfoot.
“I’m not sure we did recover. I certainly wasn’t physically or mentally ready to suit up again. And it was a super quick turnaround and before we knew it we were in another dog fight. India just played so well and Harbhajan (with 15 wickets in the match) just controlled the game and that was that," Gilchrist explained.