World No.1 Test team ends home season on a high

Test cricket might be the least popular format in cricket, but the recently concluded India-Australia series was one of the most entertaining, making us beg for more such contests.

Starting their chase briskly this morning, India lost Murali Vijay (8) in the day's eighth over, when he was caught behind off Pat Cummins (1-42). The highly-competitive series' fate was only decided on the fourth and final Test in Dharamsala, which India won to reclaim the Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2-1.

Australia has set India a target of 106, with three Indian bowlers picking up three-wicket hauls.

The win also brought a successful end of India's 13-Test home season, in which they won 10, drew two and had the lone loss to Australia in the opener in Pune. I'm really proud of the way the boys competed in this series.

On the liveliest of the four pitches used in the series, Australia's top order struggled against the bouncing ball before Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin shared six wickets between them to bowl out the tourists for 137.

Opener KL Rahul remained 51 not out, while stand-in captain Ajinkya Rahane hammered a rapid unbeaten 38 off 27 balls, that nailed the series.

Cheteshwar Pujara says- "After the disappointment of the first Test, we wanted to win 3-1, but we are happy with 2-1".

Off-spinner Nathan Lyon (5-92) dismissed debutant Kuldeep Yadav for seven to wrap up the innings and complete his second five-wicket haul of the series. As a result, they led the match by 32 runs and it seemed that Australia could score huge runs in second innings but in 3rd day of the match, the ground was completely turned to bowling favoured and Aussie batsmen could not stand in front of the Blues spin.

But the Indian skipper sought to clear the air Thursday as he prepares to share a dressing room with Australian players in the Indian Premier League (IPL) Twenty20 tournament.

Former Australian fast bowler Mitchell Johnson, meanwhile, took to Twitter to express his displeasure over Kohli's comments and tweeted that Ajinkya Rahane should stay on as India's captain.

Before the four-Test series began, Kohli had spoken warmly about his friendships with all of the Australian players but indicated that would not affect the upcoming series.

Virat Kohli injured his shoulder while trying to stop a boundary during the third Test against Australia in Ranchi and the injury resulted in the Indian captain having to sit out the final Test in Dharamsala.

  • Julie Sanders