Published: Mon, January 07, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

India end 71-year wait for Test series victory in Australia

India end 71-year wait for Test series victory in Australia

Such was the fragility of the Australian batting, a full day's play possibly could have been enough to win a record three Test matches in a single series in Australia had the heavens not opened up While Australian batting was severely handicapped due to the suspensions of their premier batsmen Steve Smith and David Warner but it can take nothing away from the heady achievement of Kohli's men, who have conquered an unchartered frontier with a lion-hearted display.

"... That's what I don't get with the criticism he's getting ... he's just down on confidence a little bit and I think sometimes people just forget he's a bloke who is trying his best. Congratulations to the Indian Cricket Team for the hard-fought and richly deserved series victory", PM Modi tweeted.

Kohli's team showed vast grit throughout the series and as the captain had alluded to before traveling to Australia, his side won the crucial moments in the series.

The former all-rounder was alluding to Gavaskar's comments made on air during the fourth day's play Sunday.

India captain Virat Kohli and Australia skipper Tim Paine were told to cool things down by the umpires during the second test in Perth. The culture we've been able to build over the last 12 months. Last time the hosts had to follow-on Down Under in a Test match against England in 1988. India had two of the three highest wicket takers with paceman Jasprit Bumrah proving an admirable and reliable spearhead.

'The fact that the reward has come in the most historic series for Indian cricket is the cherry on the top of the cake.

'I feel great standing in the slips cordon and watching these guys run in, ' said Kohli.

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"Hats off to them, the way they've prepared, their fitness levels, and their mindset".

Virat Kohli celebrates their test win in Melbourne. Leave alone a three-figure score, none of the Australian batsman could even cross the 80-run barrier, something that legends like Ricky Ponting, Shane Warne, Mike Hussey, Ian Chappell found hard to fathom.

"The tosses we have won, the opposition has not come anywhere close to us. So they are going to learn a lot from that".

India thrashed Sri Lanka by an innings and 171 runs in the third and final Test at the Pallekele International Stadium to complete a historic 3-0 clean sweep of an overseas Test series.

"I see this series as a stepping stone for this team to inspire the next lot of Test cricketers".

But another Pujara century in Melbourne set the visitors up for a big first innings total and when Australia capitulated in reply to 151 all out, the scene was set for India to take a stranglehold on the series coming into Sydney. With the completion of the Test series, India and Australia will now fight it out in the ODI format. They are dictating terms now which is the most awesome thing you can ask for from your bowlers'.

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