London:More than just winning the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, Mahendra Singh Dhoni and his men have initiated the beginning of the end of Australia's hegemony in world cricket, according to the British media.
Dwelling on the implications of India's stunning 2-0 win against the world champions, the press here said the series defeat has punctured Australia's aura of invincibility and the Ricky Ponting-led side are clearly on the decline.
"All empires crumble. Some hang around longer than others and most, at their zenith, seem as though they will be there for ever. But they go only one way eventually, and in central India yesterday there was the unmistakable sense of walls tumbling down," said a writer in The Independent.
In the article titled The end of an Australian empire?, the writer said, "In Nagpur, a place renowned for its oranges, they ended up looking like lemons and widespread regret may be difficult to discern." According to him, Australia were never the same force once players like Damien Martyn, Justin Langer, Glenn McGrath, Shane Warne and Adam Gilchrist quit the game.
The Daily Telegraph believed likewise and said, "The bigger they are, the harder they fall, and Australia certainly hit the ground with a thump in Nagpur on Monday." Writing in the daily, Simon Briggs said the onus was on Ponting and his men to beat New Zealand and South Africa at home, failing which they run the risk of losing their stature in world cricket.