It’s been a dream of many Indian fans, former cricketers to see India lift the trophy in Australia. Virat Kohli and his team make the dream real after they dismantle the host Australia in their own backyard. India became the 1st Asian team to defeat Australia in Australia. Even though the 2-1 scoreline doesn’t suggest the true dominance of visitor India, but it is not less than 3-1 as Sydney Test would have gone India’s way if the rain didn’t spoil the Match.
Here in this Article cricinshort discuss five factors which help India to conquer the toughest place to win Test series in Australia.
Smart captaincy by Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli as a captain shown an immense improvement from the Overseas tour of South Africa to Australia. The no.1 batsman in the world executed his plans effectively in the test series against Australia. His field placements and bowling changes were extremely accurate and it helped India to create the chances of picking wickets at the key moment of the match.
Number’s game in Batting
Batting was always a big worry for India in 2018 during the overseas tour of South Africa and England. None of the other batsmen apart from Virat Kohli step up in the tough batting condition. Indian captain fought hard as a lone worrier in those two away tours and as a result of that India lost both series.
In Australia, it was a completely different story altogether in the batting department. Cheteshwar Pujara emerges as the biggest superstar for India in the batting by scoring more than 500 runs in the series, Apart from Pujara many other batsmen including captain Kohli contributed throughout the series. Rishabh Pant, Mayank Agarwal, Ajinkya Rahane and Rohit Sharma added their valuable contribution with the bat.
Bowlers ruled once again
The year 2018 would be written as the best year for Indian bowlers as they created and broke many records. especially pacers were outstanding as they outclass oppositions pace attack with ease. Before the start of the Test series against Australia. Home side fast bowlers were rated highly over Indian pacers by all the cricket experts from India and Australia. Meanwhile, the trio of Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammad Shami and Ishant Sharma proved them wrong by putting up the best ever bowling performance by any Asian fast bowling attack. Bumrah picked up the highest wicket in the series, All three spinners Ashwin, Jadeja and, Kuldeep take their opportunity from both hands by performing equally in team success.
Phenomenal fielding and Catching
India had been phenomenal in the fielding throughout 4 matches in the series. Starting from Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Mayank Agarwal, and Ajinkya Rahane grabbed some unbelievable catches in the series
Best team combination in the Match
Virat Kohli and Team management selected best playing XI in the series apart from the Perth test where they played 4 seamers. India didn’t repeat the same mistake of South Africa and England tour where they errored in Team selection most of the time.