Fittest, unstoppable and consistency personified - India's history-making cricket team was showered with gushing praise by former players, with batting great Sunil Gavaskar slamming criticism that the triumph came against a weakened Australian team.
"The fact that the reward has come in the most historic series for Indian cricket is the cherry on the top of the cake. We have faith in them going forward", he said. In Australia, after Ashwin had contributed to India's win in the the opening Test in Adelaide and been injured, he was replaced by equally effective spinners in Ravi Jadeja and Kuldeep Yadav. 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. Speaking after becoming the first-ever India captain to win a Test series in Australia, Kohli said of his experience of playing in England in 2018 - when he scored runs 593 runs in a losing cause - that patience was the key to batting there because the Dukes ball "buries egos pretty quickly". Headed by Rishabh Pant and Cheteshwar Pujara, the team danced on the field at the SCG and it was delightful to watch.
Former captain Smith and his vice-captain Warner are serving 12-month bans for their role in a ball-tampering scandal in South Africa a year ago and are not available for selection until the end of March.
The vaunted pace attack of Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins failed to fire, except for spells in the victory in Perth.
"Firstly I want to say, I've never been more proud of a team than this one".
"It is not that teams that I was a part of didn't play to win", he said. But sometimes we get nervous as batsmen, we don't quite realise it. However, what she didn't know was a difference between Test match and Test series! "We honestly feel that we let that Test slip", Paine said on Monday (January 7). "Congratulations to the Indian Cricket Team for the hard-fought and richly deserved series victory", PM Modi tweeted. We put everything on the line to win for the team. No other Asian captain leave alone Indian captain has won four away Test matches in South Africa, England and Australia in a single calender year.