4 memorable moments from the Australia vs India Test series
India's marathon run in away Test cricket which started in January 2018 came to an end after the Sydney Test as India recorded a historic series win against Australia. Also, they became the first Asian team to achieve this special feat.
Cheteshwar Pujara was the star of the series with three centuries and became the first Indian to score two test centuries in a winning cause in Australia. Jasprit Bumrah, who made his test debut exactly a year ago ended the series on a high. He played a vital role in India's win in the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne.
Rishabh Pant finished the Australia series as the second highest run getter, only behind Pujara. He scored the first century by an Indian wicket keeper in Australia. Overall, it was a series to remember for everyone. So many magical moments were witnessed during the test series, so let's take a look at four such incidents.
#1 Pant vs Paine sledging
Whenever India plays Australia, there is no shortage of controversies and sledging. 2008 Test series was a fine example as it had the most controversial test both teams ever witnessed.
The new look Virat and co loves the sledging battles as well. The broadcaster allowed the stump mic to take over from the commentators for a while and It made the series even more enjoyable, and Tim Paine and Rishabh Pant played the main role when it came to some banter.
There were some of the funniest comments recorded over the mic by both the wicket keepers. Indian selectors announced the ODI squad just before the boxing day Test. Pant was dropped as they called up the former Indian captain MS Dhoni in place of him and Tim Paine highlighted this point during the MCG Test.
Paine to Finch, talking about Pant:
" Tell you what, big MS is back in the one day squad. Should get this bloke down to Hurricanes. They need a batter."
"Fancy that extend you Aussie holiday, beautiful town Hobart too... get him a water front apartment."
"Have him over for dinner."
"Do you babysit? I can take my wife to the movies while you watch the kids."
When Pant got the chance to give it back, here is what he offered:
Pant to Paine:
" We have got a special guest here. Have you heard the word temporary captain ever. You don't need anything to get him out. Come on lads.
"He loves to talk, that's the only thing he can do. Only talking talking,"