On this day: Virat Kohli’s men conquered the land Down Under with a famous test series win!

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Australian cricket team- the game’s undisputed heavyweights, and the squad that was undefeated on their home soil in Test cricket, until this exact day last year, when India created history. In the 71 year long history of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, they suffered their first defeat as the hosts as Team India successfully defeated them in a four day test series, on 7th January 2019, and also became the first Asian country to do so!

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Even before the implementation of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy in 1996, both the countries had been touring each other since 1947, but India had never registered a win as visitors. The final day of the series saw a draw between the teams due to bad weather conditions, but India were already leading the series 2-1, and made history as the first Indian squad to thrash the Aussies on their home soil, which is also colloquially known as Down Under, for its location in the Southern hemisphere.

Following a 37 run victory on the first test, Team India suffered a defeat by Tim Paine’s squad on the second test, as Australia won by 146 runs. Virat Kohli and co bounced back on the third test by a decisive 137 run victory, and made a staggering 622 runs for 7 wickets in the first innings of the fourth and final test.

In the post match interview, Kohli expressed his excitement on his team’s historical victory: “By far, this is my biggest achievement. It’s at the top of the pile. When we won the 2011 World Cup, I was the youngest member of the side. Saw everyone emotional there, but I didn’t feel it.”

“Here, after coming three times, this win means something else. The series win will give us a different identity, and what we’ve been able to achieve… something to be proud of,” the Team India skipper added.

The Men in Blues’ first innings saw an impressive 159 not out score from the young Rishab Pant, and an astounding knock of 193 from Chetewshwar Pujara.

“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.” Kohli added on his compatriot, who became the highest scorer (521 runs) and the player of the series.

The Aussies lost all their wickets by 300 runs in the first innings, thanks to a majestic 5 wicket haul from Kuldeep Yadav, who was on his debutant game of the test series. The hosts opened up their scoreboard with only 6 runs in the second innings, just before light rain and clouds covered up the Sydney Cricket Ground.

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