"Congratulations to Virat Kohli and the Indian cricket team for the first ever win by a subcontinent team in a Test series in Australia", PM Imran wrote on Twitter. India's under achievement in Australia, in Test cricket, and Kohli's captaincy are topics that have generated a lot of debate for a while now.
"A historic cricketing accomplishment in Australia!" We were smart enough to take a screen grab of her tweet that's placed right below.
Paine admitted his inexperienced side had been completely outplayed in the last two matches in Melbourne and Sydney but thought the series might have panned out differently had the Australians done better in the opener in Adelaide. India achieved the feat after a wait of 71 years.
Few players typify the long-form cricketer more than Cheteshwar Pujara, who has eschewed shorter formats to fine-tune his Test game and earned his reward with three centuries and 521 runs.
Paine said the Adelaide Test could have gone in his side's favour also and India won crucial moments thereafter in the series. This winter, spearheaded by Jasprit Bumrah, it has been extraordinary, more than matching Australia's vaunted trio of Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins because the Indian pace bowlers have generated more lateral movement. Sometimes that was due to the pressure they were put under by the Indian batsmen.
"I was part of the team that won the first time in West Indies and England, those were really special moments".
Former captain Smith and his vice-captain Warner are serving 12-month bans for their role in a ball-tampering scandal in South Africa past year and are not available for selection until the end of March.
'I feel great standing in the slips cordon and watching these guys run in, ' said Kohli. The captain was particularly impressed with the way the inexperienced players like Marcus Harris and Travis Head, at the Test level, strung in a few performances.
"If your fast bowlers are happy and fighting as a team, you can win anywhere in the world", he said.
His bowling changes were spot on and while team selection in Perth came under scanner, no one can question the intent of the Indian skipper, who has shown that he only plays to win a Test match.