The Indian team has made a terrific comeback after their 36-all out collapse in the first test match.
After defeating Australia in the fourth test at the Gabba, India wins the Border-Gavaskar trophy series 2-1.
The Ajinkya Rahane led side had a lot of difficulties playing this test series. Their regular captain Virat Kohli had left the series due to paternity leave.
Team India also struggled with players getting injured during the tour. At least ten players were injured during the tour; therefore, India had to tweak their playing-11 for every match.
Things became so bad that India had to make debuts of training net bowlers — Shardul Thakur, Washington Sundar, and T Natarajan.
They could not call any other Indian domestic player from home due to the strict quarantine policy. The way these new young bowlers bowled was brilliant to watch.
In the 4th match at Gabba, India played with its least experienced side whose total wickets together was only 13 in comparison to 1013 total wickets of Australian bowlers.
Indian bowlers also faced racial abuse from the crowd, and Australian media were also proactive in their criticism during the entire tour.
Australia played their 4th match at Gabba, which is considered the fortress for them as they haven’t lost a test match at that venue for 32 years.
All odds were against India to win this series. But finally, India breached the Gabba Test barrier and breaks Australia’s win run at the Gabba.
Many greats of the game have praised the Indian team for their series win.
Sachin Tendulkar acknowledged that it was a team effort as different players played their part at different stages of the game.
“-EVERY SESSION WE DISCOVERED A NEW HERO. Every time we got hit, we stayed put & stood taller. We pushed boundaries of belief to play fearless but not careless cricket. Injuries & uncertainties were countered with poise & confidence. One of the greatest series wins! Congrats, India,” said Tendulkar.
Nobody ever imagined India would win a series in Australia, having six of their key players missing.
The cricket pundits who had criticized the Indian team after 36 all out in the first test were also out of words in praise of India.
Michael Vaughan tweeted – “Wow .. That has to go down as one of the greatest if not the greatest Test victory of all time !! Egg on my face over here in the UK .. but I love to see character & skill .. India have it in abundance .. btw @RealShubmanGill & @RishabhPant17 are future superstars ! #AUSvIND”.
After the series win, India’s coach Ravi Shastri gave a pep talk and congratulated every player along with the support staff for their contribution.
Australia’s coach Justin Langer also didn’t expect this type of performance from the Indian team.
“First, you can never take anything for granted, second never ever, ever underestimate the Indians. There are 1.5 billion Indians, and if you play in that first eleven, you got to be really tough, don’t you? “told Justin Langer to a broadcasting channel.
Legends of Indian cricket consider this test series as one of the biggest series wins of history.
Credit also goes to the strong Indian domestic system for creating the players strong both temperamentally and skill-wise.
IPL has also benefited the young players as it has given them a platform to play with big international stars and compete with during international matches.
This hyped test Australia-India 2020-21 has been rated as one of the most competitive series, just like Ashes 2019. Test cricket was its best as two of four matches went down the wire till the last session of the 5th day, which is a rarity in this modern era.
By winning this series, India has given hope for other cricketing nations (especially Asian teams) to perform well on Australian soil.
This series win has also brought India one step closer to play the ICC Test Championship final at Lord’s.
Readers Bureau, Contributor
Edited by Jesus Chan
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