Team India have started the year in the most desirable fashion as Virat Kohli and Co. scripted history after winning Border-Gavaskar series 2-1 against Australia in their own backyard in 71 years. While Virat has termed the victory as his best achievement in his career so far, team India becomes the first Asian side ever to win a Test series in Australia. In all their previous visits in Australia, India knew that it needed a combined team effort to dominate the Aussies and, certainly, all the players did the needful to win their maiden series triumph on Monday.
Following are five reasons why India clinched their maiden test series in Australia:
1. Cheteshwar Pujara
Needless to say, Cheteshwar Pujara has been the foremost reason why India were able to come out on top, having dominated the Aussies in the entire test series. In the seven innings he played in the series, Pujara amassed 521 runs at an average of 74.42, with three centuries to his name.Keeping in mind the opener failed miserably in the first two tests, Pujara’s stood to his end in a bid to save India from another nightmare of a series for India.
2. Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli must be delighted with the way the year has started for the skipper as he becomes the first ever Indian captain to win a series in Australia. Along with his captaincy, Virat Kohli deserves all the appraises for his captaincy. The skipper has been aggressive right from the start with intent to win the series, who looked for wickets all the time. Be, it his field placements or his playing eleven, Virat had been spot-on throughout the series. He ended up as the third highest run-getter behind Che Pujara and Rishabh Pant
3. Jasprit Bumrah
Let’s be honest, everybody knew what Jasprit Bumrah could bring to the table, but nobody expected Bumrah to dominate the way he did in the series. Bumrah ended up as the leading wicket-taker in the series with 21 wickets to his name. Bumrah, undoubtedly, overshadowed Australian pace attack in their own turf. Bowling almost every delivery over 140 case and swinging the ball both ways, combined with perfect bouncers and slower-deliveries, Bumrah decimated the Aussies’ batting line up, not allowing anyone to get settle and score big.
4. Mayank Agarwal
Just before the start of the series, young Prithvi Shaw was ruled out of the series. Kl Rahul and Murli Vijay didn’t give India the ideal start to the team as the duo couldn’t capitalize the opportunity, eventually getting dropped in the third Test. In a bid to give the ideal replacement, India called Mayank Agarwal to fill the shoes of Prithvi Shaw ahead of the third test. Mayank who has been scoring the bulk of runs in the domestic cricket made full use of the opportunity, starting his career with a gritty 76, followed by 42 and 77. Apart from other vital contributions, Mayank Agarwal’s knocks couldn’t be forgotten as it has been never been easy for someone to make his debut in Australia and play those stellar innings at the top of the order against such a mighty attack.