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.
Congratulations #TeamIndia for this memorable win. Every cricket lover in India will be very proud of this one and a special effort by every member in the Team to ensure this result. pic.twitter.com/GLUaQgLt4S
Has been a wonderful series where the younger and senior players shared responsibilities to achieve something special. @Rishabpant777, who has gone from strength to strength and @imkuldeep18 are definitely ones to watch out for. #INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/enLE3kxHDV
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) 7 January 2019
When was the last time you did something for the first time? Historic 1st Test Series win for India in Australia! Superb effort by #TeamIndia ! It may have ended in rain but that’s not going to dampen the celebrations! Proud #INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/xVN9OZtye5
This is amazing!! A Test series win down under!! Congratulations @BCCI team and @imVkohli on this awesome achievement!! It’s an immensely proud feeling as an Indian to have witnessed sheer dominance in a series vs the Aussies at thr backyard. Kudos to the whole team!! #AUSvIND ????
— Robin Aiyuda Uthappa (@robbieuthappa) 7 January 2019
If like me you have been coming to Australia since 1991 with no hope of winning a series, then this is a huge moment. India are now the first Asian team to win a series in Australia. And it feels wonderful to be able to say it.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) 7 January 2019
Congratulations to India for winning the Test series in Australia for the first time ever ???? @Jaspritbumrah93 I was so impressed with your performance throughout this series! Fast,… https://t.co/7fMSNEeJ1q
Congratulations to the Indian cricket team for making history, winning in Australia for the 1st time is a proud achievement for all of India. @cheteshwar1 & the whole Indian bowling attack was just unstoppable this series. Was thrilling to watch @Jaspritbumrah93 bowling ?? https://t.co/mKZHXWbinJ
— Mitchell Johnson (@MitchJohnson398) 7 January 2019
Congratulations to @imVkohli & his Indian Team on winning their first ever series in Australia. They outplayed @CAComms in all departments. Very well deserved. #AUSvIND #pinktest https://t.co/UkEJcrzJ3I
— Glenn McGrath (@glennmcgrath11) 7 January 2019
Congratulations team ???? on a very well played Test Match series 2-1 ??????
Many congratulations to this fabulous group of boys, the way @cheteshwar1 led the batting and the bowlers took responsibility throughout the series is commendable! 🇮🇳#AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/lIzLnYUec5
— R P Singh (@rpsingh) 7 January 2019
Proud of you guys🇮🇳🇮🇳🇮🇳🇮🇳🇮🇳..Well done Team India for winning the test series in Australia.. congratulations @cheteshwar1 for winning MOS u been a backbone of indian batting line up.. keep it up 🔥🏏@BCCI bowling wise @Jaspritbumrah93 has been phenomenal..love ur work ⭐️💪
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) 7 January 2019
— subramani badrinath (@s_badrinath) January 7, 2019
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.