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- Australia vs India 2018-19 4th Test
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That's it from Sportskeeda's live coverage of the Sydney Test and the 2018-19 Border-Gavaskar Trophy. Hope you enjoyed all the action from Australia. Although rain played spoilsport to render the final Test to a draw, victories at Adelaide and Melbourne ensured that India created history by winning the series 2-1. The action will now shift to the 3-match ODI series. We will return to Sydney for the opening ODI on January 12.
To put things into perspective regarding how special this series victory is for Indian cricket, let us have a brief recap of the results of all of India's Test series on Australian soil.
1947-48: Australia 4-0
1967-68: Australia 4-0
1977-78: Australia 3-2
1980-81: Draw 1-1
1985-86: Draw 0-0
1991-92: Australia 4-0
1999-00: Australia 3-0
2003-04: Draw 1-1
2007-08: Australia 2-1
2011-12: Australia 4-0
2014-15: Australia 2-0
2018-19: India 2-1
Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami and Ishant Sharma have the Border-Gavaskar Trophy in their hands!
While Cheteshwar Pujara was simply outstanding with the bat right throughout the series, the pace trio have also been instrumental to India's victory. These three fast bowlers are the ones who have added a different dimension to the Indian team. All the great batsmen India have had in the past would have wanted such relentless fast bowlers to ensure that their efforts did not go to waste.
The players are sharing the golden moment with their wives and children. Virat Kohli has Anushka Sharma by his side. Ravichandran Ashwin can also be seen enjoying the victory with his family.
The Indian players pose for a series of photographs at the iconic Sydney Cricket Ground. The celebrations have officially begun. Mayank Agarwal lifts the trophy for the camera. Great gesture from skipper Virat Kohli to give the honour to the debutant.
Virat Kohli receives the Border-Gavaskar Trophy from the legendary Allan Border himself!
What a moment this is for Indian cricket! From the television studio, the iconic Sunil Gavaskar says he has tears in his eyes.
Firstly I want to say, I've never been more proud of a team than this one. The culture we've been able to build over the last 12 months. Our transition started here when I became the captain for the first time. Only one word to say, I'm proud. To lead these players is an honour and a privilege. They make the captain look good. Definitely deserve to enjoy this moment. By far this is my best achievement. Has to be on top of the pile. When we won the World Cup, I was a young player. I saw the others getting emotional. This series will give us a different identity as a team. What we've been able to achieve is something to be really proud of. That's something that we spoke about, just wanted to go back to basics, not be flamboyant.
Want to give a special mention to Pujara, he's been outstanding in the series, especially after his last time out in Australia. He's one guy willing to accept things, he works on his game, he's the nicest man around, and we feel happy for him.
Special mention to Mayank Agarwal too. To come in on Boxing Day and play like that against a high quality attack. Someone like Rishabh as well, coming into his own and dominating attacks. We knew once the batsmen score, our bowlers are lethal. The way the bowlers have dictated terms in this series. And not just this one, the previous two tours as well. I've not seen happen in Indian cricket. They don't look at a pitch and think there's nothing for us. It's a revelation for Indian cricket and a learning for the other bowlers back home. They definitely deserve to be here and breaking record of the great West Indian fast bowlers is no mean feat. Definitely, this is just the stepping stone for us. The average age in the team is quite low. The most important thing for us have been belief. Our intent has always been good, and that is to take Indian cricket forward. Australia are always going to be a very competitive side. Every team goes through transition. I wish Tim and the management all the very best. We all deserve to enjoy. Celebrations are going to run long into the night I can assure you. Now we've got no more Test cricket and no more alarms in the morning. Crowds have been outstanding. They've never let us feel we are playing away from home. They've come in numbers in every stadium.
: We tip our hats to India. Congratulations to Virat (Kohli) and Ravi (Shastri). Huge effort to come and win a series overseas. In the last two Tests, no doubt. We had our chances to win in Adelaide. In Perth, we did well. But we were outplayed in these last two Tests. We've got some talent in this team. Obviously, we've got some talent who aren't playing.
They (Australian batsmen) were playing against potentially the best pace attack in the world.
Hopefully, they'll learn. Message is to keep scoring runs. That's the currency in cricket. Our group is under no illusions. Cricket is a funny game. We know it can turn very quickly. I'm fine, thanks. I will go home for a couple of days now. And some of us will head to the Big Bash. Sri Lanka is a big series for us next.
It's a great feeling for all of us. We've been working really hard to win a series overseas and especially doing it in this country, it's never easy. The first hundred was special, scoring it in Adelaide and going 1-0 up is something which we were all aiming for. When you do that, there's a good chance of winning the series. As a batsman, you just need to get used to pace and bounce. Playing in different conditions, in South Africa, in England, in County Cricket has helped me improve my technique. It is definitely the best Indian squad I've been a part of. Congratulations to the bowlers. We have been playing only four bowlers and taking 20 wickets is never easy. I'll be playing some first-class cricket back home. During IPL, I might be playing County Cricket. Our next Test series is 6-7 months away. I'll also work hard on my game to play white-ball cricket.
But Test cricket is my priority, it'll always remain my priority.
Cheteshwar Pujara is Player of the Series.
A well-deserved recognition for the top-quality Test batsman who amassed 521 runs from 4 matches in this series. Three hundreds and a fifty at an average of 74.42. Take a bow, sir. You have been very very special.
India become the first Asian country to win a Test series on Australian soil.
Meanwhile, Isa Guha is ready with the presentation ceremony.
The Indian players embark on a victory lap along the boundary. They revel in the golden moment with a handful of ardent supporters at the SCG. The Indian flags are waving strongly in the stands. On the other hand, the Australia players sport dejected looks on their faces. This has been a tough series for the hosts.
The Sydney Test is drawn. However, the entire country will be delighted as Virat Kohli's Indian team create history by winning a Test series on Australian soil for the first time.
Play has been officially called off! India win the series 2-1.
The umpires have reached the middle. We can expect a decision anytime soon. Sadly, it doesn't look too promising at the moment at the SCG.
In about ten minutes time, the umpires and match referee will have a significant conversation with the ground-staff. It's likely that a final decision on the state of the game could be made soon.
Where will this series triumph in Australia rank in the long and illustrious history of Indian cricket? We reckon it will be right at the top alongside their
watershed victory in England in 1971
and of course the game-changing victory in the 1983 World Cup.
It seems that the rain has intensified a touch. It's looking doubtful if we could even get some play today. If the rain stops, the low-lying clouds have to clear and the outfield has to drain quickly. The SCG has taken quite a bit of water over the last few days.
Nevertheless, the Indian players look to be in good spirits in the dressing room. And why wouldn't they be? After the disappointments in South Africa and England, they have created history on Australian soil by playing top-notch Test cricket.
On this very day, eight years ago, England completed an innings victory at Sydney to seal a 3-1 Ashes series triumph in Australia. Will history repeat itself? Or will India have to be content with a 2-1 series victory? The way the weather is looking at the SCG, the latter seems likelier at the moment.
This is turning into a really damp Australian summer. It's still drizzling at the SCG. We should have begun the post-lunch session. Instead, the wait continues. Just 80 minutes to go before the scheduled Tea break. Here's hoping we get some cricket action in the day.
Quite unfortunate that India are losing time in their attempt to make it 3-1. Kohli did enforce the follow on unlike the MCG Test. But it looks like draw is the most likely result as of now.
Harsha Bhogle tweets: "I think we are going to set a new record here. The maximum amount of time lost for the minimum amount of rain!" - So true
Not so heavy but enough to stop play. As Aakash Chopra had mentioned, it's a typical English weather.
Rain, rain and rain! That's the news from SCG!
Welcome back post lunch!
It's lunch on Day five. Like Day 4, we have no cricket in the first session on the final day. Australian batsmen would want that covers to stay on the pitch as long as possible. Time for a cup of tea/biscuits for Indian fans. We will back after 30 minutes.
Australian cricket lovers must be thinking: "What if we Smith, Warner and Bancroft had played the series?"
Such a dampener this for Indian fans. India would love to make it 3-1...
It's still raining. Looks like, lunch could well be taken early. Given the way Australia have collapsed in the series in patches, India can still push for a win if rain stops, light improves and India have a 50-over crack at the Aussies. That could be fun, if you are an Indian team fan!
"Annoying...rain is neither getting intense nor going away. English weather in Australia." - Tweets Aakash Chopra, well that sums up the situation right now. Drizzling, constant drizzles...Maybe the Aussie weathergods don't want Australia to lose 1-3! "2-1 is enough"