5 key Indian players in India's historic 2-1 win over Australia
India created history by winning their maiden Test series on Australian soil on Monday after a wait of 71 long years. It was a dominating performance by Indian team who outplayed Australia in all departments. India won the Test series 2-1 and achieved the distinction of becoming the first Asian side to win a Test series in Australia.
Under the captaincy of Virat Kohli, the Indian team performed brilliantly as a unit. It was a remarkable Test series win for the Indian Test team who had lost two overseas Test series in South Africa and England last year despite playing good cricket. Every member of the team contributed according to the situation. India took the lead at Adelaide by 31 runs.
At Perth, India lost the second Test by 146 runs. India then came back to take the lead at Melbourne with a commanding 137 run win. Despite scoring 622 for 7 and bowling out Australia for 300 at Sydney, the rain had the final say and match was called off a draw.
Here we look at the 5 Indian key players which made a difference in historic 2-1 Test series win in Australia.
#1 Cheteshwar Pujara
Cheteshwar Pujara was the main difference between the two sides in the Test series. He finished as the leading run-getter with 521 runs from 4 matches (7 innings) with 3 centuries and 1 half century. In the first Test match at Adelaide, India was struggling big time in the first innings when Pujara came to rescue and scored 123 runs helping India to score 250 runs.
In Melbourne, Pujara scored a brilliant 106 and helped team India post a massive 443 for 7. At Sydney, the number 3 batsmen his highest overseas score of 193 and helped team India post a massive total of 622 for 7.