Team India has unlocked an achievement of not winning a Test Series on Australian soil in 71 years as India clinched the four-match series with 2-1 as the match was made to cancel on Day 5 of the final test which concluded the game as a drawn match.
Virat Kohli and Co have shown their calm and gave their classic performance throughout the series as they change the past by winning a historic series against Australia which will be remembered by many Indians for a long time.
The series started with a win for India at Adelaide where the match went till last day as India managed to win a thriller by 31 runs, Australia bounced back to level the series at Perth to win the game by 146 runs in just 4 days, and India again took the lead back at Melbourne taking a victory in the Boxing-Day Test as they thrashed Aussies by 137 runs win.
The Sydney test which shows as a drawn match was almost in India’s hand as they posted their second-highest test total of 622/7 in the first innings and Australia was all out for 300 and were set to follow on, but rain intervened on Day 5 and declared India the champions of Border Gavaskar Trophy 2018/19.
The main reason for Australia’s collapse in batting was not having the services of Steven Smith and David Warner in their batting line-up as both have immense experience and their inclusion in the series might have shown some different results.
However, let us not ignore India’s all-round development in the series as they quite seemed balanced with both bat and ball. Let us look at some tremendous performances in the series.
Cheteshwar Pujara has been awarded as the man of the series for his firing batting throughout the series; he scored 521 from 7 innings the highest run-scorer of the series with an average of 74.43. He also included 3 hundred and one fifty to help India to be ahead on the scoreboard.
Jasprit Bumrah was the highest wicket taker among both the teams with 21 wickets in the series, although Nathan Lyon also holds 21 wickets, Bumrah was better in average numbers with 17.00 than the off-spinners 30.43!
- Cheteshwar Pujara completed his 5000 runs in 108 innings at Adelaide Oval. He became the 12th Indian batsman to enter the mark.
- Wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant made a record of highest dismissal by any Indian keeper with contributing in 11 send-offs in the first test surpassing Wriddhiman Saha’s 10 catches in one match. Pant with 42 dismissals in his debut calendar year equalized Australia’s former wicket-keeper Brad Haddin’s record of most dismissal in a debut year.
- Virat Kohli becomes the only Indian Captain to win a test match in overseas at South Africa, England, and Australia in a calendar year.
- Kohli also equals former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly’s record of most overseas wins as a test captain, both of them have won 11 matches till now.
- Jasprit Bumrah took 48 wickets in his debut year in 2018 that is the most for any Indian bowler on his debut.
- Pant splendid 159 runs in the 4th test at SCG and went on to become the first ever wicket-keeper batsmen from Asia to score a hundred on Australian land.
- Australia was asked to follow on in the second innings of the fourth test at Sydney, this was their first follow-on at home in 31 years the last time they were asked to follow-on was in 1988 by England at Sydney.
The next edition of Border-Gavaskar Trophy will take place in India in the year 2020. India will take on Australia in the 3-match One-Day Series before flying towards New Zealand. The ODI series starts from January 12 at Sydney Cricket Ground.