Only one word to say, I'm proud. "The boys make the captain look good", an elated skipper Virat Kohli said after the mission was accomplished.
India have all but confirmed their first series Test victory in Australia by batting for almost two full days in raising 622-7 declared with Pujara (193) and Pant (159 not out) scoring centuries. It was a "freeze the frame" as the Indian team took a "Lap of Honour" of the SCG with the both Indian and Australian fans cheering them.
Indian batsman Cheteshwar Pujara was named man-of-the-series for his three centuries and 521 runs overall at an average of 74. "The series win will give us a different identity". We had that in South Africa and in England, and when you're working in the right direction then God knows you're honest.
In Australia however, it was a near flawless team effort from India, especially the bowling unit which has set it up for its batsmen for the better part of past year.
Unless someone gets a hundred in their final knock, it will be the hosts' first century-less four-Test home series in their history. "I would like to congratulate the team", he said after India clinched the four-match series 2-1.
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Openers Marcus Harris and Usman Khawaja got through four overs unscathed before play was abandoned early due to bad light. Leave alone a three-figure score, none of the Australian batsman could even cross the 80-run barrier, something that legends like Ricky Ponting, Shane Warne, Mike Hussey, Ian Chappell found hard to fathom.
For India, apart from Yadav, Mohammed Shami and Ravindra Jadeja took two wickets each. "I'm sure they'll regroup as a side and play some exciting cricket in the future", he said. Australia won the second Test in Perth by 146 runs. For Kohli, this series was more about his leadership choices rather than his insane batting efforts which was comparatively muted by his lofty standards.
"We're a young group and we're trying to work it out and we're playing against the number one side in the world, so it's not an easy thing to do".
As the metaphoric dark clouds enveloping Australian cricket grew more menacing, gloomy weather provided more resistance to India than most of the home side's batsmen at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
"We've been outplayed in some areas", Tim Paine conceded to Fox Cricket prior to the start of play on Monday.