India win Kotla Test, whitewash Australia 4-0
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. N Ananthanarayanan reports. Series highlights | Key men | Four the recordUpdated: Mar 25, 2013 08:09 IST
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.
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 himself led the way with a magnificent double century in the first Test in Chennai.
First Published: Mar 24, 2013 09:56 IST