Indian Cricket team under the captainship of Virat Kohli has beaten Australia, 2-1, in the four-match Test series. The 4th Test match at the Sydney Cricket Ground which looked totally in India’s control was called off due to rain. India won the first and the third match at Adelaide and Melbourne respectively and lost the second one at Perth.-- Advertisement --
MUST WATCH: Virat & Co. celebrate historic win in style ?????@scg dressing room abuzz with cheers, #TeamIndia thanking their fans & @imVkohli on the proudest moment of his life – @28anand has all bases covered here #AUSvIND-- Advertisement --
— BCCI (@BCCI) January 7, 2019
This Indian team became the first Asian team ever to beat Australia in Australia. England has beaten Australia the most 13 times, West Indies have beaten 4 times, South Africa – 3 times, once by New Zealand and now by India.
The Indian skipper was emphatic after the win. In the post-match conference, he said, “Firstly I want to say, I’ve never been more proud of a team than this one. The culture we’ve been able to build over the last 12 months. Our transition started here when I became the captain for the first time. Only one word to say, I’m proud. To lead these players is an honour and a privilege. They make the captain look good. Definitely, deserve to enjoy this moment. By far this is my best achievement. Has to be on top of the pile.”
Cheteshwar Pujara was awarded the Man of the Match for his marathon innings of 193. He was also awarded the Man of the Series. Pujara scored 521 runs in the series, having faced 1258 balls, breaking the long-standing record of ‘The Wall’ Rahul Dravid.
Kohli’s post-match humble gesture
— BCCI (@BCCI) January 7, 2019
Kohli praised Pujara, Mayank Agarwal and Rishabh Pant. He said, “Want to give a special mention to Pujara. Especially after the kind of series, he had the last time he came here. He’s one guy always willing to accept things. Takes it in his stride and works on his game. He’s the nicest man around. Special mention to Mayank Agarwal too. To come in on Boxing Day and play like that against a high-quality attack in their conditions speaks volumes of the belief he has. Someone like Rishabh as well, coming into his own and dominating attacks is something that augurs well for the team.”
This is Virat Kohli’s fourth series win overseas as a Captain. He has won in Sri Lanka twice in 2015 and 2017 and once in West Indies in 2016.
Kohli also thanked the crowds and praised Australian Captain Tim Paine.
He said, “Australia is always going to be a very competitive side. Every team goes through a transition. I wish Tim and the management all the very best. I’m sure they’re going to regroup and come back to the dominating force they are. We all deserve to enjoy. Celebrations are going to run long into the night I can assure you. Guys are tired, they’re mentally and physically drained. Now we’ve got no more Test cricket and no more alarms in the morning. Crowds have been outstanding. They’ve never let us feel we are playing away from home. They’ve come in numbers in every stadium.”
Twitter wishes for Team India:
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) January 7, 2019
2. Virendra Sehwag
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
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) January 7, 2019
3. Suresh Raina
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
— Suresh Raina?? (@ImRaina) January 7, 2019
4. VVS Laxman
Many congratulations #TeamIndia on this historic series win in Australia. It took a complete Team effort from every member of the side and it gives such an immense sense of satisfaction and joy to see what the boys have done on the field. Let’s cherish this special series win pic.twitter.com/QFj7oJg47i
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) January 7, 2019
5. Mohammad Kaif
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) January 7, 2019
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