Ravindra Jadeja celebrate the wicket of Australian batsman ED Cowan during fourth and final test match at Ferozshah Kotla ground in New Delhi. HT Photo
For sheer intensity, even if one concedes that Australia proved every bit a team in transition and turmoil, India have scripted one of the finest chapters in their 81-year Test history.
India achieved an unprecedented 4-0 Test series whitewash, going one up on the three Tests they have won in a series in the past, including two 3-0 routs of England and Sri Lanka at home 20 years ago.
The three-day drubbing of Australia on a difficult Feroz Shah Kotla track will taste doubly sweet as the hosts exacted revenge for the 0-4 humiliation they suffered Down Under in the 2011-12 series. For visitors, it is their second washout in a series of four Tests, after their 4-0 rout in South Africa in 1969-70.
Sunday's victory, after brushing aside the Aussies in roughly four days in the first three Tests, will be a massive boost for India desperate to find feet after the routs in England and Australia followed by the 1-2 defeat against England at home late last year.
The Delhi victory was shaped on the third day by two from a young bunch expected to carry the team forward — left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja cleaned up five Aussies before Cheteshwar Pujara struck an undefeated 81 demolishing Australian hopes of taking home at least a consolation win.
The victory is huge for skipper MS Dhoni, who had faced calls for sack in the wake of the slump that followed the high of the 2011 World Cup triumph.
It will allow him room to shape a young team the way he wants.
Dhoni insists on collective performances and he got them — from opener Murali Vijay, who struck two centuries, Pujara, Jadeja and off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, who regained his poise to capture 29 wickets and claim the man-of-the-series award.
Dhoni himself led the way with a magnificent double century in the first Test in Chennai.