For the first time in history, India won the Border-Gavaskar series against Australia (2-1) in Australia in 71 years on Monday. Cricket pundits from around the world heaped praise for India’s performance, calling the current Indian side as the best-ever in the history of Indian cricket.
Be it youngsters, or experienced stars, every player contributed to the success, giving their all in the series. For the first time after a while, Virat Kohli hasn’t been the highest-run getter for India in a series, as India’s batsman Cheteshwar Pujara played, unarguably, the best series of his life, becoming the man of the series with 521 runs to his name in the series.
The entire cricket fraternity was in awe of Pujara who at the crease for a total 1867 minutes, facing more than 1250 deliveries in the series. Australian coach Justin Langer, speaking for the first time, also praised the batsman saying that nobody concentrates better than Pujara while batting, not even Sachin Tendulkar.
“I have never seen a batsman watch the ball as closely
as he (Pujara) does, and that includes Sachin Tendulkar
and Rahul Dravid. His concentration was a challenge. And
we have to keep getting better just like him, all our batsman
and bowlers.”Langer said.
Post the series defeat, while the pace trio of Starc, Hazlewood, and Cummins drew criticism for the poor show in the series, coach Langer, however, said that his bowlers bowled well, but India batting side played well in the series.
"The guys are working very hard and they are going okay. The
first innings in Melbourne and Sydney, honestly, sucked the life
out of us because when you are in the field for two days, with
only one spin bowler, that takes energy out of the group," he
said ahead of ODI series starting on Saturday.” Langer added.
"We have the best spinner and three outstanding pace bowlers, against the outstanding Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli. So it takes some mental and physical energy out.” He concluded.
India will play the first ODI against Australia of the three one-day internationals on 12 January 2019.