India secures historic Test Series win in the Australian soil after a long 71 years when a 2-1 triumph was finally confirmed when the rain-affected fourth and final Test ended in a draw at Sydney Cricket Ground on Monday.
The hosts were still trailing behind by 316 runs when the match was finally called off as a draw leading India to win the feat for the first time since 1947-48 when they began touring Australia. At the same time, Virat Kohli became the first Indian and the first Asian Captain to win a Test Series in Australia.
Batsmen Cheteshwar Pujara has stood out above all the other batsmen with his unwavering patience and crisp execution at the pivotal No 3 position spending more than 30 hours in the crease to block the Australian attack. With 521 runs at an average of 74.4 and three centuries and one half-century, he stood as the pillar of Indian victory to claim the man-of-the-series honors.
Jasprit Bumrah and his unconventional bowling proved him to be the most difficult bowler in the world to read as he claimed 21 wickets in the 4 Tests at an average of 17.00, including one five-wicket haul.
The irrepressible Rishabh Pant fasted India’s triumph as the second-highest run-getter, scoring 350-runs in 7 innings at an average of 58.33 including a century at Sydney.
India’s trio of seamers Ishant Sharma, Mohamed Shami, and Jasprit Bumrah was highly disciplined to execute their plans to perfection to exploit the weakness of Australian batting.
When asked about this historic win, captain Virat Kohli replied,” I feel like this series victory will give us a different identity as the Indian team and we hope to inspire more kids to do the same when they grow up and play cricket for their country”.