Dharamsala Test: India beat Australia by eight wickets, claim series 2-1
- Author: Julie Sanders Mar 30, 2017,
Mar 30, 2017, 23:21
This series brought in a new record for Captain Virat Kohli, under whose captaincy team India won seven consecutive test series and nine consecutive series in all formats.
India hauled in the victory target of 106 easily to complete a 2-1 series win. Fittingly, Rahul finished the match with a hard-run three and celebrated wildly. Virat Kohli is out from the fourth test match due to his shoulder injury.
"We have fought very hard throughout this series and to fall over at the final hurdle hurts, the boys are hurting", Australia captain Steve Smith said.
Unfortunately for Australia, a series that has seen numerous momentum swings had no wicked final twist as the hosts showed why they are the best Test team in the world, particularly on home soil. The victory was even more special as skipper and team's premier batsman Kohli was unavailable in the deciding contest.
"With the depth in squad we have, it's going to be tough to pick teams".
The day started with a Rahul back cut off Josh Hazlewood followed by a square cut. "Today's delight and satisfaction is beyond words", said Rahane Sr. Cummins was pulled and then slashed over the cover region for a couple of sixes, leaving the entire Australian team stunned. Nair had also dropped the same batsman in the first innings.
They were proven wrong by young side bearing no scars from past failures, which forced India to produce their best to win.
I was fortunate to be there in the first two Tests.
India's star in this series, Pujara, said: "Fantastic series".
Critics questioned Kohli's conduct under pressure, and also his form in the series, with the right-hander scoring just 46 runs from five innings.
The Indians got their first runs of the day in the next over when an O'Keefe delivery to Rahul turned sharply, evaded the bat and outfoxed Australian wicketkeeper Matthew Wade before reaching the boundary.
The hard-fought series witnessed plenty of acrimony, the most notable being Kohli's criticism of counterpart Steve Smith for gesturing towards his dressing room for guidance on whether to review an lbw decision in the second test at Bengaluru.
"We've certainly had our opportunities to win and we haven't taken those opportunities".
"Having said that I am proud of the way way we have competed". A lot of people wrote us off. The run rate was not that important. "I really enjoyed this home season, and hope to continue next season", Pujara added.
"To come back from 1-0 down against the Aussies, when you could see there were exhausted bodies out there was just brilliant", India coach Anil Kumble said. It was a big restriction.
Rahane ended with an aggressive 38 from 27, including four fours and two sixes.
The 28-year-old Kohli said on Tuesday that it would take him a few weeks to be 100 percent fit.