India win their maiden series on Australian soil

Heather Diaz
January 9, 2019

The hosts were duly dismissed for 300 and Kohli did not hesitate to go for the jugular by enforcing the follow-on - the first time in 30 years Australia had suffered such ignominy on home soil. We've been working really hard to win a series overseas.

"We've got to try and look at the positives".

India have still never won a series in South Africa but finally breaking through in Australia will do much to burnish the reputation of Kohli and a team already ranked number one in the world in the longest format of the game. In 2015, with Smith and Warner in the side, they conceded the urn after four Tests, having been dismissed for 136 at Edgbaston and 60 - an innings that lasted just 18.3 overs - at Trent Bridge.

"It's amusing, in a big series of four Tests you go back to a couple of key moments in the very first Test where we let ourselves down, or India outplayed us, and you get to the end of the series and it's really hard to take". "We honestly feel that we let that Test slip", Paine said on Monday (January 7).

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There are some goals which you just celebrate because of the team-effort behind that and Thapa's goal was one of them. "In the second period, India were more aggressive, and they clearly wanted the victory", Rajevac said.

"It's amusing, in a big series of four Tests you go back to a couple of key moments in the very first Test where we let ourselves down, or India outplayed us, and you get to the end of the series and it's really hard to take", said the wicketkeeper. India outbowled the pace troika of Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins and offspinner Nathan Lyon to seize key moments. Prior to this India played 11 Test series in Australia and lost 8 of them with 3 being drawn.

"Their best players stood up in the big moments or when they were falling behind in a game, one of their good players dragged them back into contest, or when they were in front of the game they put us out of the game like they did in Sydney and Melbourne". India won their maiden away Test series. "If the same batting unit can go out there more confident and believe that they can do it, it can be done, definitely". The Indian skipper credited Rishabh Pant with coming up with the dance move, saying "it just felt good, it was easy, but Pujara couldn't even do that".

Australia finished this series without a single hundred in four Tests. "To beat England in England, they have to bowl more intelligently".

"The bowling is not as good as they think", wrote Vaughan.

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