Team India registered history on January 7 – 2019 after being crowned as the champions of the Border Gavaskar series by winning 2-1, and ended a 71 year draught in the process by also becoming the only Indian as well as the only Asian team to win a Test series in the nation down under.
In an exclusive chat show with former Indian fast bowler – Chetan Sharma, Sports Flashes asked the cricket expert about his take on Virat Kohli’s men creating history on Australian soil, as he opinionated that South Africa is now the only nation where the Indian team needs to conquer in whites, and does the performance of the Indian team continue in the same manner, then it won’t be long before the Indian fans celebrate a series win over there as well.
“ We had a chance to make the most in South Africa too, but unfortunately it wasn’t to be. I feel that this team has the caliber to win there as well in the time to come. If you compare the tour to South Africa which started in early 2018 to the Australia tour by the end of the year, then there was a big difference in attitude, and there were right combinations made this time around which largely went in India’s favor.”
“We as fans, as cricket lovers now have the bragging rights after winning a series in Australia, so the Indian team deserves to be a part of a big celebration, as there’s lot more cricket to come. They have the One Day series against Australia, which will soon be followed with their tour to New Zealand, so it’s best that they have good fun for a couple of days, since they completely deserve it,” Chetan Sharma stated.
Chetan Sharma hailed the performance of team India throughout the four-match Test series and labeled is an “authoritative” display. He also chipped in by expressing that Kuldeep Yadav’s arrival in the Sydney Test after taking a fifer in the second innings will now lead to a healthy competition between other two spinners in the sense of Ashwin and Jadeja.
“The great thing is that India won the series with authority after 71 long years, and it would have 3-1, if it hadn’t been for the rain and bad light.”
“Things will turn out to be interesting now that Kuldeep Yadav has given Virat Kohli a good problem to have, and there will be a good contest between Ravi Aswhin, Ravendra Jadeja, and Kuldeep Yadav. I feel that had Kuldeep been a part since the first Test then he could have taken 25 or more wickets,” he added.
The former pacer congratulated Cheteshwar Pujara for being phenomenal with the bat in Australia, but gave further emphasis on how other stars of Indian cricket need to take a lesson from Pujara, since he’s keen to return to domestic cricket, in spite of facing a record 1258 balls and scoring a total of 521 runs.
“He’s a wise man, and he has is professional life sorted. He knows that there is no time to rest, and is ready to be a part of domestic cricket as soon as he’s back in India, since he wants to remain in the best of touch. Not many stars of today pay much heed to domestic cricket because they’re now used to intense matches with packed stadiums, so Pujara is one player who the rest should take inspiration from, that in spite of scoring 500 plus runs in Australia, he’s keen to return to the domestic circuit,” he said.
Sharma also gave a bold statement by expressing that the player to watch out for in the near future for team India is Hanuma Vihari. Vihari impressed most cricketing fans with his sheer technique, precision, and brief cameos out there in the middle which were of significant value, and was placed in the same bracket as newbie Mayank Agarwal in terms of a value added player for Captain Kohli.
“Mayank Agarwal has cashed in to the opportunity in the most perfect manner with the bat, and we’re all talking about him, but one player who I would like to give a special mention to, is Hanuma Vihari. We might have not got to see much of him in this series, but with the way he has displayed a few cameos in the series, it’s quite evident that as per my experience of playing and watching cricket, Hanuma Vihari is going to turn out as one special player for India in the time to come, and I can vouch fo it. So players such as Rohit Sharma have to constantly be on their toes.” the former pacer concluded.
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