India break seventy-year drought with 2-1 series win in Australia


Rain in the final day denied India a shot at 3-1 though. © Getty

72 years of holding their breath and India can finally exhale. They now have a Test series win in Australia, a country that’s ransacked their dignity like no other. And every digital-age argument that stood debunked in the middle of India’s perpetual malaise Down Under will now find a new lease of life on social media. It’s a day like no other in the history of Indian cricket.

It was unkind of Sydney to rain all day. It was as if it couldn’t see Australia lose. India were denied a real shot at picking the ten wickets they needed to win the series 3-1 but they will take a 2-1 series victory, especially after enduring a year where being good wasn’t good enough at all. They lost 2-1 in South Africa and then lost 4-1 in England, and both those scorelines belies how different this team is to any other India have produced. Cheteshwar Pujara’s boringly stunning batting, his perverseness to not do it the Australian way, and the relentless pace trio led by the revolution that Jasprit Bumrah is, ensured that the ghosts of the 2018 remained in 2018.

With the covers on right from the start of the day, it was a foregone conclusion that fourth and final Test would end in a draw. But India would have wanted to finish on the field than in the dressing room, egging the “Kohli cam” into overdrive as a full house crowd cheered them on. They had none of it here at the Sydney Cricket Ground, which had a sprinkling of Indian fans who had waited an eternity and waded through rain to see Virat Kohli and Co. lift the trophy. The fact that India pulled off a collective dance step, on the lines of England’s sprinkler dance and Pakistan’s push-ups, made it special.

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