India won their first ever Test series in Australia and ended their 71-year wait. They also became the first Asian side to register a win Down Under. Here’s how the Twitter world reacted to the series win.
Player of the Match and Player of the series awarded to Cheteshwar Pujara.
With 521 runs from 1258 balls, he basically broke Australia’s bowling attack into the ground.
While addressing the happy moment captain Virat Kohli said “Firstly I want to say, I’ve never been more proud of a team than this one. The culture we’ve been able to build over the last 12 months. Our transition started here when I became the captain for the first time. Only one word to say, I’m proud. To lead these players is an honour and a privilege. They make the captain look good. Definitely, deserve to enjoy this moment. By far this is my best achievement. Has to be on top of the pile. When we won the World Cup, I was the youngest member of the side. I saw the others getting emotional but I didn’t really feel what they felt. But having been to this country thrice now and to understand that what we’ve done has never been done. This series will give us a different identity as a team.”
Sunil Gavaskar, on air, said he had tears in his eyes watching the team celebrate. Ravi Shastri, in the press conference, calls it as big, or even bigger, than the World Cup win in 1983.
Cheteshwar Pujara said “As a batsman, you just need to get used to pace and bounce. Playing in different conditions, in South Africa, in England, in county cricket has helped me improve my technique. For me, it’s about the right preparation. Definitely the best squad I’ve been a part of. Congratulations to the bowlers. Have been playing with four bowlers and it’s never been easy to bowl so many overs. Taking 20 wickets is never easy. I’ll be playing some first-class cricket back home.”
Though, the match was interrupted by rain today. India had amassed 622 for 7 before declaring their first innings on day two.