India make history after soggy Sydney Test washed out

India make history after soggy Sydney Test washed out

India make history after soggy Sydney Test washed out

Wins in Adelaide and Melbourne had given Virat Kohli's side a 2-1 lead going into the final test and a draw was enough to secure a breakthrough that had eluded all previous Indian touring parties for 71 years.

Their 2-1 triumph achieved what no other Indian side has managed since they started touring to Australia in 1947-48, with the foundations for success laid not in the first Test at Adelaide, but on their tour of South Africa previous year. Only one word to say, I'm proud.

"He is a very skilful bowler, he has got the right mindset", said Kohli, who has captained Starc at Indian Premier (IPL) franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore.

India scored 622 for 7 in their first innings and then bowled out Australia for 300 thereby enforcing the follow-on.

"Australia have got good talent in their team and I'm sure they are going to regroup and come back to be the dominant force they are".

"This is history and a terrific moment for Indian cricket", said country's greatest opener Sunil Gavaskar.

With a series-levelling win out of the question, Australia will be hoping to hold on for a draw on day five of the final Test against India at the SCG. A jubilant Ravi Shastri boldly declared that India's triumph- their first-ever Down Under - is equal or bigger than the 1983 World Cup or 1985 World Championships win.

The fact the world's top-ranked Test side, featuring the world's most patient batsman in Cheteshwar Pujara, failed to disarm England does not bode well for Tim Paine's incredibly unsettled XI.

Only four overs of their second innings were possible, with Marcus Harris not out two and Usman Khawaja unbeaten on four before the match was called off.

Niroshan Dickwella was one of the only three Lanka batsmen to cross 16.

Cricket is hugely popular in India and getting on top of Australia on home soil has been a key goal after 11 previous attempts. "As a team, we focussed on the things that we didn't do well and sometimes those things don't sound too good but you need to accept a lot of things if you want to improve as a team". While young Prithvi Shaw missed out due to an ankle injury, Mayank Agarwal made most of his chances after an eternal wait for the India cap with two half centuries.

India then rebounded strongly to once again notch a massive win by an innings and 131 runs against Pakistan in the third Test and clinch the series. For Kohli, this series was more about his leadership choices rather than his insane batting efforts which was comparatively muted by his lofty standards.

Stat of the day: Australia's average of 25.9 runs per wicket with the bat is their second lowest since the start of the 1980s, with only the horror home series loss to South Africa two seasons ago marginally worse.

Indian captain Virat Kohli says he's surprised with the magnitude of criticism aimed at Australian paceman Mitchell Starc.

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