India’s 31 run victory against Australia in the first Test match at Adelaide was big on many counts. It was just sixth Indian win on Australian soil but most importantly it was India’s first win ever in the first match of a Test series in Australia.
The victory also puts Virat Kohli as a captain above not just all Indian captains but all Asian captains. No other Asian captain has ever won a Test match in Australia, England and South Africa. Captain Kohli has achieved this in a calendar year which is an unbelievable feat.
Former Indian captains Rahul Dravid and MS Dhoni won Test matches in South Africa and England but could never manage a victory in Australia.
Virat Kohli becomes the first Asian captain with Test wins in Australia, England, and South Africa!
— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) December 10, 2018
Ace Cricketers Celebrate India’s Victory over Australia on Social Media
Former cricketers including Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman, Micheal Vaughan, Harbhajan Singh, Shane Warne hailed the Virat Kohli led Indian team.
What a way to start the series!#TeamIndia never released the pressure. Superb batting by @cheteshwar1 with crucial knocks in both innings, @ajinkyarahane88 in the 2nd innings and excellent contributions by our 4 bowlers. This has brought back memories of 2003. #INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/4gmviaKeCC
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) December 10, 2018
Amazing grit displayed by the Australian lower order, but this is a moment to savour for a long time for Team India. The bowlers gave it everything and let’s just enjoy this and carry the momentum into the Perth Test #AusvInd
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) December 10, 2018
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) December 10, 2018
GREAT Test Match … 2018 has been a tremendous year for the BEST format … India deserved winners … The celebrations of @imVkohli tell you everything … I think we are In for a special series @FoxCricket … Absolutely loved this week on air #Adelaide #AUSvIND
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) December 10, 2018
Great fight from Australia’s lower order today & it should be – this is test cricket. Terrific test match & congrats to @imVkohli & his men on a wonderful victory ! Bring on Perth ?
— Shane Warne (@ShaneWarne) December 10, 2018
KL Rahul’s Catch Controversy: As it Happened
India needed the final wicket to seal the match. R Ashwin bowled his off-spinner, it edged the bat of Josh Hazelwood and KL Rahul took a fantastic catch at second slip.
But the controversy occurred when Fox News raised questions over the catch on whether it was clean or not.
Former Australian skipper Ricky Ponting told Channel 7, “It was a little bit hard to tell from the initial angles. We saw most of the angles from behind. It carries well and truly, easily enough and if anything it looks like it dips down into the ground. It looks like a clean catch to me and guesses what, it’s too late now anyway. The game’s over.”
Was the final catch clean?
— Fox Cricket (@FoxCricket) December 10, 2018
While it is clear that Rahul’s fingers were firmly under the ball and the on-field umpire Nigel Llong made sure with his naked eye that the catch was clean.
Indian players celebrate the victory
Good win. Onto the next one. ? pic.twitter.com/xtqetxM6vm
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) December 10, 2018
It's been a great first match at the Adelaide Oval! Thank you so much for your wishes. Really delighted with the way we played as team and put up a great fight! On to the next one now! #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/xIEe8shsBO
— cheteshwar pujara (@cheteshwar1) December 10, 2018
Delighted to begin the series with a win! Looking forward to more moments like this. pic.twitter.com/eEULiyDlqo
— ajinkyarahane88 (@ajinkyarahane88) December 10, 2018
— Jasprit bumrah (@Jaspritbumrah93) December 10, 2018
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