Published: Mon, January 07, 2019
Sports | By Johanna Francis

Indian cricket team's celebratory dance at the SCG

Indian cricket team's celebratory dance at the SCG

Score: India 7 (dec)-622, Australia 300 and 0-6.Result: Match drawn.

India got the series off to the best possible start by winning the tight opening Test in Adelaide by 31 runs on the fifth day - their first Test win in Australia for a decade.

Australian captain Tim Paine admitted that his side was outplayed by the visiting Indian team as the Kangaroos lost the four-match Test series by a margin of 2-1.

"This (Indian) attack was seriously good, I don't think in Australia we have given them enough credit for how relentless they are. It's amusing, in a big series of four Tests you go back to a couple of key moments in the very first Test where we let ourselves down, or India outplayed us, and you get to the end of the series and it's really hard to take".

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India's bowling coach Bharat Arun said the successful strategy stemmed from mistakes made past year in Tests against South Africa and England.

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"We wanted to experiment with combinations and find out what suits the team best and take it forward from there", said coach Ravi Shastri. We thought we had a number of opportunities during that Test to go well ahead and when those key moments came up India outplayed us, to be honest.

"And all the struggles that we have gone through in the past 12 months as well as the team".

"The Adelaide Test, we honestly feel that we let that Test slip. But throughout the series, more often than not, when those big moments came up, Virat has scored runs, Pujara has scored runs, Bumrah has bowled a great spell and we couldn't quite get through those moments", he said.

Virat Kohli celebrates their test win in Melbourne. We put everything on the line to win for the team. "That's why India won this series", said Paine.

With the bat, the tourists managed to score five centuries over the four matches with Player-of-the-Series Pujara recording three of them, aggregating 521 runs from seven innings at an average of 74.42. 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.

"We definitely want to build on this and always promote the message of Test cricket being the most important and the most valued format of the game which it rightfully is".

As for the fast bowlers, who experienced their share of days in the dirt in Melbourne and Sydney, Paine doesn't anticipate change or rotation. "We are the 12th man of "Team India", so we'll be celebrating with them, and then the party will go on", Rajul Sharma, who heads up the Australian branch of Bharat Army, told AFP.

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