January 8, 2019

Though there has been many speculations regarding the unavailability of Australia’s key players- Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft owing to their ban in the infamous Sandpaper Gate in South Africa. Even though the most important players were not available for the game, India did actually good enough to manage a test series victory in Australia.

In the very first game in Adelaide, India started off with a close win against the host owing to the brilliance of their batsman Pujara. He made sure that the team is in a well placed situation throughout the five days of the game. Though Australia managed to comeback strongly in the second test and managed to win the game , the hosts again faltered in the third game of the series, which gave India the unassailable lead in the series 2-1. When the fourth match was scheduled to play in Sydney, many wondered about the decision as the weather in Sydney played a huge role in the outcome of the game. The game ended in a draw as more than one day was washed out. Though India was in a really good position to win the game and take the series 3-1, weather came as the saviour for the hosts as they managed to pull out a draw. Though India would have wanted to win the series more convincingly but they managed to outperform the hosts in their own conditions which is perhaps the biggest boost for the Indian team. Though the Indian team failed miserably against England, they came back strongly to win their maiden test series Down Under.  

There were many controversy regarding the team selections and even it was said that this was perhaps the weakest Australian side ever. Having said that, it is not easy to beat any side in their own backyard and India have managed to do so. This will certainly boost the morale of the Indian team and help them to perform better in the overseas conditions in the future as well. This certainly has been one of India’s overseas victory and this is certainly an historic moment for the entire nation as well.

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