India win their maiden series on Australian soil

Lynette Rowe
January 9, 2019

For some of the guys in their third, fourth Test maybe it's hard to look and say "I haven't scored any hundreds" but Marcus and Travis showed, and Marnus in the first innings, that they can score runs at Test cricket. This Indian team has done Indian cricket proud.

"In the 10 years that I have played, it is the proudest moment that I have experienced and we're so happy for the whole team".

Or have they just come up against an exceptional opponent? Modi had tweeted. "Congratulations to the Indian Cricket Team for the hard-fought and richly deserved series victory".

India were also beaten past year, despite Kohli's stellar returns as he conquered the weaknesses that had seen him average 13.40 across five Tests in England in 2014.

In Australia, Pant amassed 350 runs in seven innings, the second highest after Cheteshwar Pujara, while behind the stumps he broke the record for most catches - 20 - by an Indian wicketkeeper in a Test series. "That's why India won this series", said Paine.

Meanwhile, Kumble had also said that this was India's biggest chance to beat Australia in their own den.

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However it was their batting that let them down and a one piece of statistic will scare the die-hard Aussie fans.

Whether it was the awkward angles along created by Bumrah along with some incisive movements, Mohammed Shami getting it to rip on occasions, Ishant Sharma hitting the right length over after over, India never had it so good in terms of consistency in overseas conditions.

Prime Minister Imran Khan congratulated the Indian cricket team on becoming the first ever sub-continent team to win a Test match in Australia. While young Prithvi Shaw missed out due to an ankle injury, Mayank Agarwal made most of his chances after an eternal wait for the India cap with two half centuries.

"Their best players stood up in the big moments or when they were falling behind in a game, one of their good players dragged them back into contest, or when they were in front of the game they put us out of the game like they did in Sydney and Melbourne". Australia won in Perth.

Against this world-class Indian bowling Australia's batting had no answers. World Cup 1983, World Championship of Cricket 1985.

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