India on Monday beat Australia in the four-Test series 2-1 after the Sydney Test ended in a draw due to bad weather. This is the first ever Test series win by the visitors against the Aussies in Australia.
Australia were forced to follow on in their first innings and the hosts were still trailing India by 316 runs when the match ended in a draw.
Australia were bowled by for 300 in their first innings while replying to India’s total of 622/7 declared. They were then humiliated to follow on at home for the first time in 30 years.
Indian skipper Virat Kohli said that he he had never ‘been more proud of being part of a team, than this one right here.’ He added, “The boys make the captain look good. By far, this is my biggest achievement. It’s at the top of the pile.”
Kohli later tweeted, “So proud to be a part of this team, great feeling! 😇 This is not just a team this is a family. 😊 Onwards and upwards from here on.”
He said that this win will change cricket in India forever. He said, “When we won the World Cup in 2011, I was the youngest member of the side. I saw all the people getting emotional but I didn’t really feel what they felt.”
His Australian counterpart, Tim Paine, said that he was disappointed by the outcome in the series but congratulated India for their historic win. He said, “You have to tip your hat to India. We know how difficult it is to win overseas, first time it’s ever been done, so well done to those guys.”
Cheteshwar Pujara was named man-of-the-series for his three centuries and 521 runs overall at an average of 74.
He said, “I think for me the first 100 was special. Once you start off well you know that you’re a very good chance of winning the series.”