New Delhi: India's regular captain Virat Kohli joined the country's Prime Minister Narendra Modi in paying tribute to Ajinkya Rahane and his team, who defied massive odds to script a memorable 2-1 series victory in Brisbane on Tuesday.
Kohli had returned home to attend the birth of his daughter after the opening Test loss, leaving behind a deflated side who were skittled out for 36 in Adelaide – their lowest innings score in 88 years of Test cricket.
Rishabh Pant and Mohammed Siraj celebrate an Indian triumph which has reverberated throughout the cricketing world.Credit:Getty
"The lackadaisical openers, the iffy middle order, the vulnerable lower order and the tail that hasn’t wagged … It can be a matter of form and good bowling but how can they lose the intangibles that were collectively hailed as Australianism around the cricketing world?", wrote Sriram Veera.
Former England captain Michael Vaughan, who was among those who had predicted a 4-0 humiliation for India, hailed what he called "one of the greatest if not the greatest Test victory of all time.
"…Egg on my face over here in the UK .. but I love to see character & skill .. India have it in abundance," the 46-year-old tweeted, identifying India opener Shubman Gill and wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant as "future superstars".
Ex-Australia captain Ricky Ponting, who had made a similar prediction, was disappointed with the performance of the hosts.
"The cold hard facts of it are pretty much that was the India A team that played this test match and (India) still won," Ponting told cricket.com.au.
"That's a real concern for Australia."
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