On Monday, India finally exhales after 71 years. They have now won a Test series between Australia in Sydney Cricket Ground, a country that’s ransacked their dignity like no other. The Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) was washed out by rain as Virat Kohli etched his name in history for becoming the first-ever Asian captain to win a Test series Down Under.
Going into the Sydney Test, India had a 2-1 lead and they just needed a draw to win a historic Test series on the Australian soil.
On the last day of the test series, Australia ended on 6 for 0 as they trailed India’s first innings 622-7 declared by 316 runs. Cheteshwar Pujara and Rishabh Pant, who marked their names on Sydney Cricket Ground’s Honours Board, scored 193 and unbeaten 159 respectively and were the major architects of India’s innings.
On the first day of the fourth Test, Mayank Agarwal and KL Rahul recorded a unique moment for their state team Karnataka when they walked out to open the innings for India. On the first day, Mayank scored 116-run stand with Pujara and laid the foundation for the rest of the batters. India’s captain and vice-captain Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane did not perform well as they got dismissed for 23 and 18 respectively. Hanuma Vihari stuck around with Pujara as he scored 100-plus runs for the fifth wicket.
On the second day of the fourth Test, Pant and Pujara scored an 89-run.
The Sydney Cricket Ground observed that Pant was the first Indian wicketkeeper-batsman to score a century in Australia. His score of 159 not out surpassed MS Dhoni’s 148 not out he scored against Pakistan in Faisalabad in 2006 for the record of highest Test score by an Indian wicketkeeper. India declared at 622 just after Jadeja was dismissed for 81 runs on day two of the test series.
Apart from this opener Aussie and Marcus Harris scored 79 off 120 balls for Australia and Marnus Labuschagne, scored a 95-ball 38.
Kuldeep Yadav the Indian spinner spun the hosts with his maiden five-wicket haul overseas in his very first Test in Australia. He was supported by Jadeja, Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah who claimed two, two and a wicket each respectively.
While there were fantastic performances in the fourth Test, it was spoiled by the rain that ruined the last three days of the match. After Australia was tied out for 322 on Day four, Kohli took into consideration factors like India’s huge lead of 300 and poor weather conditions.