Aussies had never lost a game in the Gabba since 1988 but India broke the streak today by beating them in Gabba and winning the series by 2-1. The victory is historic in many ways like half of the senior players were injured and Kohli was on maternity leave after the 1st test.
Before the series started people around the world said Australia is going to whitewash India 4-0 and the series kind of started in that way when India was all out at 36. But after that India showed the character and showed what they are capable of and what their bench strength can do.
The result has the potential to end Tim Paine’s reign as Australian captain, having lost back-to-back home series against India.
The highlights package of Pant’s battle with Nathan Lyon can be enjoyed repeatedly in times to come as he demolished the 100-Test man in company of debutant Washington Sundar (22), who hooked the world’s best fast bowler, Pat Cummins, for a six.
The series will be remembered for ages and the impact that Ajinkya Rahane’s team had on the cricketing fraternity and the fans in general will be written in golden words when a fresh history of Test cricket after 2000 is written.
Pujara, on the other hand, saw the Australians try out the menacing short ball tactic. He took a few on the helmet, a few more on the chest and other parts and a painful one on the knuckles but remained unfazed.
Faith, courage, belief, grit, character, spirit – in the context of cricket at least, you have raised the bar for these words, which are often worn from overuse. Not only have you – and I do not use these words lightly – created the greatest moment in India’s Test history, you have provided a glorious hurrah to the most epic, the most layered form of sport known to us.