Record: 7 series wins for Virat Kohli
- Author: Julie Sanders Apr 04, 2017,
Apr 04, 2017, 22:36
Opener Lokesh Rahul hit an unbeaten half-century as India crushed Australia by eight wickets to win the Border-Gavaskar Trophy on the fourth day of the fourth Test at the HPCA Stadium in Dharamsala on Tuesday.
With the series in the balance at 1-1, the game's two top-ranked sides have been locked in a battle of attrition in the fourth and final Test in Dharamsala. I think the way the guys were able to adapt and really challenge India in these conditions was terrific.
"If you don't have a team performance you can not be the No. 1 team in the world", captain Virat Kohli said.
2 Number of Steven Smith's centuries that have come in losing cause in Tests.
India will finish at the top of the ICC Test rankings by the April 1 cut-off date for the second successive year after beating Australia in the four-match Test series 2-1. "The longest format of the game really tests a team's character and I'm proud that we have proved ourselves to be the best", he said.
Glenn Maxwell's fielding prowess was on display soon after with a direct hit to send next-in Chesteshwar Pujara back for zero. On Monday, footage indicated he called Murali Vijay a "cheat" for wrongly claiming a catch on Monday.
"I asked if he wanted us to come in for a drink being at the end of the series. At times I've been in my own little bubble and let my emotions slip, so I apologise for that". "A lot of people wrote us off", Smith said.
Australia won the first test in Pune by 333 runs, India won the second in Bengaluru by 75 runs, and the third test in Pune was drawn. But these were the only scares for the hosts, who reached their target in less than 24 overs.
Jadeja was declared "Man of the Match" as well as "Man of the series" for his brilliant contribution with both bat and ball throughout the four-match Test series against the Steve Smith-led side. The Aussie slower bowlers have proved again in the second innings.
"The way the guys handled situations and the way Ajinkya led was outstanding", Kohli said.
Commenting about the performance of Umesh in the series, Ganguly said, "To see an Australia team on the back foot against fast bowling is a great sign". For Australia, this is the toughest conditions for us.