India Retains Border Gavaskar Trophy After 71 Years of Wait in Australia.
Virat Kohli’s men are rising from toe to head as the series goes on the way. It all started way back in 2014 at the Adelaide Test when Ms Dhoni had decided to put a full stop to his test career. Since then Virat Kohli has taken up this challenge and lead the team to overseas series wins over West Indies, Sri Lanka and now the recent team to be beaten at home is Australia which came after decade long 71 years.
The last victory came at 1948 series when India had won their first series against Australia. This Indian Team has one of the best pace bowling battery with the trio of Mohammad Shami, Jasprit Bumrah and Ishant Sharma then ever before. The Indian team had always struggled to get their lines and length correct and to maintain that discipline throughout the innings which allowed the batsmen to score and especially the tail has always wagged against India in recent times. It was Philander and Rabada for SA and Sam Curran for England. With series losses against South Africa and England, Virat Kohli’s men have bounced back strongly to turn the tables around this time around in Australia and also shows that this Indian Team has the quality or the ability to learn from their mistakes committed earlier and also not to repeat them again in coming tours.
They managed to get the partnership going regularly and most importantly the top 3 batsmen getting runs for the team at crucial times when it was most needed has seen the team tasting success in Australia, not relying on Virat Kohli to score the bulk of runs and taking individual responsibility of the team had made the difference towards the team with Pujara, Rahane, Mayank Agarwal and Rishabh Pant standing up against the chin music. Such was the dominance of the batsmen that did not allow the Australian quicks to get through them. Not only batting but bowling which has been their strength in recent times exposed the fragility of the aussies batting lineup and such was their fragility that a full day’s play could have been enough to win three test matches in the series had the heavens not turned up. Rain did play a spoilsport in this series which had denied India to win most of their matches on this tour.
While Australian batting was severely handicapped due to the the suspensions of their premier batsmen Steve Smith and David Warner but it can take nothing away from the heady achievement of Kohli’s men, who have conquered the unchartered frontier with a lion hearted display. This series victory has been rated as one of the finest since the 1983 and 1985 championship trophies under Kapil Dev and Sunil Gavaskar.
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