RAVICHANDRAN ASHWIN (CHENNAI, 2013)
The 2013 tour of India turned things around for the Aussies. Their utter inability to handle subcontinental conditions, specifically the off-breaks of Ravichandran Ashwin, led to the overblown “homeworkgate” saga, the sacking of coach Mickey Arthur, the hiring of Darren Lehmann and the rise of Steve Smith.
India’s eight-wicket win in the First Test came after Australia posted a halfdecent 380. Ominously, Ashwin took 7-103. The pressure he applied was a clue for the Indians. They amassed 572 in response, and then the tall off-spinner again got amongst it, his carrom and arm balls virtually undetectable. He came away with 5-95, Australia was out for 241, India easily chased the 50 required. Ashwin continued his tormenting ways and was named man of the series.