Published: Wed, January 09, 2019
Sports | By Juana Wells

PM Imran congratulates Indian cricket team for winning Test series in Australia

PM Imran congratulates Indian cricket team for winning Test series in Australia

Shastri praised his skipper Virat Kohli's unrivalled passion after his nation's first Test cricket series victory in Australia. It may happen in one Test but not over the course of a five-match series. Pujara who scored 500+ runs along with 3 vital centuries won the Man of the series, he made the difference between the two sides. "We had our chances in Adelaide, and in Perth I thought we played some good cricket, but in Melbourne and Sydney, we've been outplayed".

"That's how you win Test matches".

Australia won the second Test in Perth by 146 runs. Make a series prediction for us, Anil? "As a team, we focussed on the things that we didn't do well and sometimes those things don't sound too good but you need to accept a lot of things if you want to improve as a team".

For some Australians the series will always carry an asterisk given their two best batsmen, Steve Smith and David Warner, were unavailable because of bans they received for the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa past year. That's why India won this series, their best players stood up in the big moments or when they were falling behind in a game one of their good players dragged them back into the contest - or when they were in front of the game they put their foot on us and put us out of the game like they did in Sydney and Melbourne. Paine said senior batsmen like Usman Khawaja and Shaun Marsh did not make their presence felt, even though he just stopped short of blaming them for the team's failure. 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. "We could have bowled out England much more cheaply, we didn't do it. We have faith in them going forward", he said. "They missed out in South Africa and England but this is a great opportunity to beat Australia in Australia", said Kumble. Our bowlers at times bowled really well, at times they did not. The highest score by an Australian batsman in the just-concluded four-match series is 79 by rookie opener Marcus Harris.

"At the moment, I do not see Australia having those attributes".

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