Mumbai:Former cricketers described India's historic triumph in a cricket tri-series in Australia as a "superlative effort" and said it proved that India was emerging as a major force in international cricket.
Chief selector Dilip Vengsarkar lavished praise on the team for their 'fantastic' effort, saying India was fast closing in gap with the world champions.
"It was a fantastic and historic victory after a 23-year gap," he said referring to India's last win in the 1985 World Championship of Cricket.
"To defeat the number one team for last one decade shows that India is fast climbing up the ladders and closing in on the Australia," he said.
Vengsarkar also praised MS Dhoni for his "marvellous" captaincy and Sachin Tendulkar for his "focus" since landing on Australian soil on December 15.
Former Indian captain Ajay Jadeja said it was an "incredible effort" by the young team to beat the world champions in their own backyard.
"I think it is unbelievable. We have beaten them twice in a row and that is quite an achievement. We have outplayed them in every department of the game and it augurs well for Indian cricket," he said.
Another former Test cricket Abbas Ali Baig termed the victory as a "brilliant" piece of work by Indians and credited it to Dhoni.
Former Test batsman Chandu Borde, who was the cricket manager of the team in England last year, also praised the efforts of the team sky-high as "a highly spirited one", besides hailing the administrators for standing behind the team during the Harbhajan Singh race row.
"It has been a highly spirited effort. It's a victory for not only the players but also the administrators (BCCI) which stood behind the team during the Harbhajan Singh episode to boost the players' confidence," the former captain said.
"The team's morale was down when Harbhajan Singh was accused of racial abuse. The Australians tried to play a psychological warfare and to their credit our boys stood up well and delivered," he said.
Borde also praised Dhoni's captaincy and the brilliant efforts of Tendulkar while pointing out that the upsurge of the Indian squad began in England when it clinched the Test series there for the first time in two decades.
"Tendulkar is a tremendous player. His innings in both the matches must have boosted the confidence of the youngsters in the team," Borde said.
"Dhoni has led the side admirably. Now the youngsters in the team have also started to believe in themselves, have become more confident. It all started in England," he pointed out.