On 6th January,2019 the rain washed out the entire day’s play, but it could not delay the inevitable and that was India winning the series 2-1 rather than 3-1. India had already retained the Border- Gavaskar trophy before the beginning of the last and 4th test match of the series,as India was already leading the series 2-1, after their wins in Adelaide and Melbourne.
This Virat Kohli led side did something which was considered impossible as it ended a 71- year wait to script a golden chapter in their rich history.
“I want to say I’ve never been more proud of being part of a team, than this one right here,” said an overjoyed Kohli — the greatest player of his generation — following the win.
Their 2-1 victory achieved what no other Indian side has managed since they started touring Australia in 1947-48, the basis of which was laid out on their tour of South Africa last year.
Not even the great Indian side of 2003-04 consisting of legends like Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman, Anil Kumble managed to win the series, although they came very close to winning it and eventually drew 1-1 in the 4 match series against the strongest Australian side in the history.
While India’s batting was a class above in Australia, anchored by Cheteshwar Pujara, the consistency of the bowling made the difference, with no Australian batsmen scoring a century and also the fact that their two best players in Smith and David Warner not being available for the series as they are currently serving bans imposed to them by CA (Cricket Australia).
But Indian batting legend Sunil Gavaskar has rejected the claim stating, “It is not India’s fault that this Australian team was without David Warner and Steve Smith. Australia could have handed them shorter bans but obviously it was thought that one-year bans would be good for Australian cricket, that they needed to be made an example for anyone who brings the game into disrepute” .
Still it should not take anything away from the fact,what India has managed to achieve is truly unprecedented and this victory will definitely rank high up alongside the other ICC tournaments they have won, with Kohli even stating that it was by far his best achievement as captain.
Appreciations and congratulations started pouring in, notably from Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan who tweeted, “Congratulations to Virat Kohli and the Indian cricket team for the first ever win by a subcontinent team in a test series in Australia.”
This was followed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Ram Nath Kovind who also congratulated India for creating history.