Team India has finally registered their first-ever series win against Australia, Down Under. India made history in Sydney on Monday morning after clinching their maiden series victory on Australian soil, ending a 71-year old drought. Captain Kohli and his regime toiled hard for this victory and outplayed the home side in every department since the first test in Adelaide.
The Fourth and Final Test ended in a draw after a majority of the game was washed out by Sydney rains. But it did not affect the outcome of the series and India retained the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. India arrived in Australia as the favourites, but there was a lot of speculation about the attitude of the team. In the Adelaide test, Virat & Co showed what they are capable of and won the match comprehensively. They dominated the majority of the series except for the Perth Test match which Australia won by 146 runs.
Team India was disappointed after that defeat, and it looked that we were again going to blow away a golden opportunity to win the first-ever test series in Australia. But Virat Kohli and his young troop had different plans, and they would not let this chance slip away at any cost. The team management decided to make a few changes at the top of the batting order. Mayank Agarwal made his test debut for India in the third test and opened the innings with Hanuma Vihari. This move proved out to be a masterstroke as Mayank Agarwal was quite impressive in both the innings. His combination of defensive shield and attacking footwork frustrated the Australian bowling attack. Hanuma Vihari also looked solid and played with such ease like he belonged there. Both of them steadied the batting ship and ensured that India gets a big total.
Melbourne Test was a decider, India looked to dominate the home side in the initial stages of the game. Mayank Agarwal, Kohli and Pujara made sure that India crosses the 400-run mark. Bumrah was the star of the match with his lethal bowling and scalped nine wickets in the test.
Pujara made a statement with his performance in the series that he is capable of playing in overseas condition. He is the top-scorer of the 4-match series scoring 521 runs in just seven innings at an average of 74.42. Rishabh Pant has established himself as India’s number one wicket-keeper in the tests and surprisingly scored more runs than Virat Kohli in this series. He scored 350 runs at an average of 58.33.
Bumrah was the pick of the bowlers, but Shami provided much needed crucial breakthroughs every time. The duo was supported very well by Ishant, Jadeja, Ashwin and Kuldeep in the final test. Bowlers were brave and accurate all along this season, but this time around they were not let down by poor batting.
Virat was also brilliant with his bowling changes and field placements which provided wickets at the right time for India. The pundits all over the globe are applauding his captaincy in this series. His talismatic personality adds another dimension to his cricket.
Though Australian team missed Steve Smith and David Warner, their batting let them down. They showed a terrible display of batting on the flat pitches where Indians were scoring easily. The highest score by an Australian batsman in this series is 79(Marcus Harris). Ravindra Jadeja scored 82 in his last innings, and Australian top order batsman could not even cross the 80-run mark.
Virat Kohli always wanted his team to be the best travelling side, and he has finally achieved that feat. After disappointing results in South Africa and England, India came to Australia with a plan. And boy, did they deliver!