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India vs Australia: ‘A huge moment,’ Twitter gushes over India’s historic series win

India won the series 2-1 and became the first Asian team to win a Test rubber Down Under.

By: Sports Desk | Updated: January 7, 2019 4:56:37 pm
This is India’s first series win in Australia since they started playing cricket 71 years ago, (AP Photo)

India became the first Asian team to win a Test series in Australia on Monday. India’s first ever Test series was against Australia in their own backyard in 1947/48. They lost that series 4-0 and since then, their best results in the country has been three draws which came in the 1980/81, 1985/86 and 2003/04. Captain Virat Kohli listed this as his greatest achievement in the post-match presentation ceremony. This may have been a weakened Australian team due to the fallout of the March 2018 Newlands ball-tampering scandal but India had to dig deep in the first two days of the third Test after Tim Paine’s side secured a series-levelling win in the second.

Cheteshwar Pujara scored three centuries, including an epic 373-ball 193 in the Sydney Test and won the man of the match and man of the series awards. Jasprit Bumrah, Mayank Agarwal and Rishabh Pant have all burst on to the Test scene in the series.

Sunil Gavaskar: It is not India’s fault that this Australian team was without David Warner and Steve Smith. Australia could have handed them shorter bans but obviously it was thought that one-year bans would be good for Australian cricket, that they needed to be made an example for anyone who brings the game into disrepute. India played the opposition they were presented with and it’s a great achievement for them. It is not that teams that I was a part of didn’t play to win. We also played to win but this team is at a different level in terms of fitness and the captain has shown the way. In our times, we used do our individual routines.

Vinod Rai (CoA chief): An amazing historic series win for the Indian team. A very comprehensive effort. Every member contributed. I congratulate the captain, the head coach and each player in the team for the remarkable performance put in by them. My heartiest accolades for the performance. Great show.

CK Khanna (acting president, BCCI): I wish to congratulate the Indian team for their series win in Australia and Virat Kohli for his superb captaincy. He led from the front.

Diana Edulji (COA member): Congratulations to Team India on this great series victory.

India will now play a three-match ODI series which is the final leg of their Australia tour. They follow that up with a tour of New Zealand where they play five ODIs and three T20Is.

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