After four exciting Test cricket matches, India came out on top with 2 – 1. Despite putting up a good fight, the Australian team could not match the Indian team.
The rain would not let up stopping play, with the final match of the series declared a draw. This was somewhat of an anticlimax after the outstanding cricket witnessed in this Test series.
India won the Border-Gavaskar trophy. Allan Border handed the skipper, Virat Kohli, the trophy. The entire team stood together on the podium, and Mayank Agarwal held the trophy up for all to see. As is tradition for the Indian team, Agarwal, being the newest team member, received the honor of lifting the trophy.
For the first time in 71 years, the Indian cricket team won a Test match in Australia. India won the first match in Adelaide, and Australia won the second in Perth. India won the third match in Melbourne, thereby retaining the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. Although the final match ended in a draw, India was way ahead with an excellent result of 522/7 declared.
Player of the Series
Cheteshwar Pujara received not only the Player of the Match award, but also the Player of the Series. He credited his award with an improved technique due to playing county cricket. He acknowledged the top quality bowling from his teammates.
India made five hundreds in the series while Australia could not manage even one century. Pujara noted that his Adelaide hundred was particularly special.
Pujara said that while Test cricket is his priority, he also wants to get in some white-ball cricket. He has plans to play both First Class cricket in India, and some county cricket too.
ODI Series Coming Soon
The final portion of the India tour of Australia is the One Day International series. The 50-over cricket format begins on 12th January at the Sydney Cricket Ground.