Published: Wed, January 09, 2019
Sports | By Johanna Francis

India secures landmark Test series win in Australia

India secures landmark Test series win in Australia

"A very proud moment", Kohli said.

Australia won the second Test in Perth by 146 runs.

"We have to tip our hat to India, we know how tough it is to win in Australia so congrats to Virat and (coach) Ravi (Shastri) because it's a huge achievement", said Australia captain Tim Paine. India will face Australia in three ODI matches starting from 12th January, and the visitors would have to be wary of a strong comeback from the hurting hosts.

Gavaskar was proud of how the Indian team performed in Australia. "We thought we had a number of opportunities during that Test to go well ahead of the game and when those key moments came up India outplayed us to be honest". He feels that the series win against Australia is as big as the 1983 World Cup. With their full focus on how to decode Kohli's genius, Australian team led by an out of depth Tim Paine realised late that Pujara has struck from the "blind side" with his near ideal defensive technique and three hundreds.

For some Australians the series will always carry an asterisk given their two best batsmen, Steve Smith and David Warner, were unavailable because of bans they received for the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa a year ago.

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India's pace bowlers Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma and Mohammad Shami have taken 48 wickets out of the 70 and have broken a 34-year-old record of taking most wickets by a pace troika in a calendar year. The southpaw would be raring to go after being left out of the Test squad against Australia. Well, too bad! We would have won, anyway, and I don't say that just for the sake of it, there are a lot of reasons to back it.

"I don't think it was just those two, I think everyone in our top seven did not play as well as we would have liked".

"The rest of us did not score enough runs, so to put that on Khawaja and Marsh is probably a little bit harsh". For Marcus and Travis to show they have got the game to make runs against the best attack in the world is a real positive.

"That was at the presentation, he should have padded up and gone up and they would have given him the trophy without even mentioning his name", Shastri said.

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