The Indian cricket team has created history by winning their first test series in Australia. Although the final test of the series was drawn due to the persistent Sydney rain, India hung on for a 2-1 win. Cheteshwar Pujara was named as the man of the series for his consistently brilliant performances with the bat. So here are the top three things that we learned from India’s series win in Australia:
1) Champion Che
There was a time during India’s recent tour of England when Cheteshwar Pujara was dropped from the Indian team. But he has hit back with his bat in this series. He has been absolutely brilliant in the entire series, leading the run-scorer’s chart. He has played some crucial innings for India and ensured that they won the series comfortably in the end.
2) Paine’s Pain
Tim Paine was appointed the test captain by the Aussies since Steve Smith is banned. However, he has not managed to achieve anything meaningful as yet. Yes, he does not have a full strength squad, but his tactics have been repeatedly questioned, even by his own team mates and coaching staff. This series presented a chance to him to redeem himself, but the series has ended in pain for Paine!
3) King Kohli
On the other hand, Kohli’s decisions have been spot on for India. His team selections have largely paid off, except KL Rahul. He set the right fields and rotated his bowlers very well. This made sure that the pressure was always on Australia and India were dominant throughout the series except Perth. Kohli has achieved what no other Indian captain did. Hats off to king Kohli!
To sum up, it has been a great series for the Indian fans. On the other hand, the Aussie fans have been left to rue missed opportunities. They must be worried about the future too, since the Ashes are looming later this year. With the kind of form shown by England, the Aussies ought to be really nervous!