The Virat Kohli-led Indian side created history by securing a series win against Australia in Australia for the first time ever in 71 years. Many experts of the game and Legends have been sending out congratulatory messages to the Indian team for their amazing skills on the cricketing field.
The congratulatory messages haven’t stopped and legendary West Indies batsman Sir Vivian Richards is the latest cricketer to heap praises on Team India for their extraordinary performance during the series and labeled their performance as ‘magnificent’.
India won the four-match Test series 2-1 after the fourth and final Test match in Sydney ended in a rain-forced draw on Monday, their first ever Test series triumph on Australian soil.
Richards record a video message and said, “Let me take this opportunity to congratulate Virat Kohli and your team. For such a magnificent performance down under. It was always going to be tough, but you guys came out smelling sweet. And to Pujara, just magnificent batsmanship.”
The 66-year-old West Indian also heaped praises on Cheteshwar Pujara, who was named Player of the Series, amassed 521 series at an average of 74 with the help of three centuries.
He added, “I just felt real gold stuff. Well done to everyone. Magnificent performance again. Congratulations to the Indian team and to my good mate Ravi Shastri. Well done again!”
This was the first time India managed to achieve this amazing feat since they began touring Australia in 1947-48. Consequently, Indian skipper Virat Kohli became the first Indian as well as the first Asian captain to win a Test series Down Under.
The Indian fast bowling attack was also hugely successful, giving the Australian batting line-up a torrid time. Indian speedster Jasprit Bumrah ended the series as the joint top wicket-taker with 21 scalps to his name. Mohammed Shami was also brilliant, taking a total of 16 wickets in the four-match series.
Australia and India will now square off against each other in a three-match One-Day International series, starting on January 12 in Sydney.
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Sports Journalist by profession, a Cricket Fanatic by passion. Aayush Sharma has been following the game of cricket since childhood and considers Sachin Tendulkar as his idol. When in free time, he loves to read books or go out and play some gully cricket with friends. For him, Tennis ace Roger Federer and F1 Legend Michael Schumacher are the only sportspersons that reach the level of Tendulkar