Team India created history in Australia by winning first time Test series in that country. Indian captain Virat Kohli has emerged as the first Asian captain to win the test series in Australia. The final day of the fourth Test between India and Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) was washed out by rain, facilitating India to win a Test series Down Under. Going into the Sydney Test, India had a 2-1 lead and they just needed a draw to win a historic Test series on the Australian soil.
Australia ended Day four on 6 for 0 as they trailed India’s first innings 622-7 declared by 316 runs after the tourists enforced the follow-on on Day 4. Batting first, India declared after posting a mammoth total of 622 runs on Day 2. The duo of Cheteshwar Pujara and Rishabh Pant, who marked their names on SCG’s Honours Board, scored 193 and unbeaten 159 respectively and were the major architects of India’s innings.
On the first day of the fourth Test, Mayank Agarwal and KL Rahul recorded a unique moment for their state team Karnataka when they walked out to open the innings for India. It was for the very first time that two Karnataka players opened India’s batting in Test cricket.
While Mayank continued to impress in his debut series, Rahul’s bad patch persisted. After Rahul’s dismissal in the second over, Mayank built a 116-run stand with Pujara and laid the foundation for the rest of the batters. Indian spinner Kuldeep Yadav spun the hosts with his maiden five-wicket haul overseas in his very first Test in Australia. He was supported by Jadeja, Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah who claimed two, two and a wicket each respectively.
Kuldeep, who became India’s first-ever bowler to have recorded a fifer in all three formats, co-incidentally credited Shane Warne for his guidance that helped the former to rip apart the hosts.