India on Tuesday stunned the world and created history while it defeated Australia by three wickets at Gabba, winning the Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2-1. Australia hadn’t lost at the Gabba since losing to Vivian Richards’ all-conquering West Indies side by nine wickets in November 1988. The tour wasn’t easy as Team India kept losing senior players to injury with every game. It was a matter of concern but it also provided a chance for youngsters in the team to showcase their talent.
The historic win was followed by a swirl of congratulatory and celebratory messages from across the globe.
India’s interim skipper Ajinkya Rahane who stepped into captaincy instead of Virat Kohli reflected his skills through historic triumph. On Tuesday, Rahane became the second Indian captain and Asian skipper to win a Test series in Australia. He said: “It really means a lot to us. I don’t know how to describe this victory but I’m really proud of all the boys.”
“A series we can never forget,” said Rishabh Pant, the man who led the team towards the win. Pant hit one of the most significant four in Indian cricket history when he smashed Josh Hazlewood to long-off for the winning runs to complete the final day of the series that led to India’s win.
Former Indian cricketer Virender Sehwag tweeted his happiness over the win on Twitter. He said: “There have been World Cup wins but this is special.” He also stated that “there is a reason Pant is extra special.”
Sir Isaac Vivian Alexander Richards also congratulated the team. In his congratulatory tweet he said: ”You don’t just play & love test cricket for nothing.”
Former cricketer Yuvraj Singh said: “This win is going in history books!”
Senior Indian Congress leader Shashi Tharoor hailed India’s win by tweeting a photo with critical comments made by former cricketers along with the word “epicaricacy.” Epicaricacy means deriving pleasure from the misfortunes of others.
Indian playback singer Babul Supriyo said: “Keep watching India play” as a reply to a tweet that asked how Australia can improve.
Over-the-top content platform and production company Netflix also agreed that the “series had everything.”
People from the field of cricket and others also thanked Rahul Dravid for grooming India’s budding cricketers.