Australian Media Hails Steve O'Keefe, Team's Stunning Victory Over India In Pune

Updated: 26 February 2017 13:17 IST

Australia's stunning 333-run win in the first Test at Pune was their first victory in India since 2004 and ended the hosts' unbeaten streak of 19 Tests.

Australian Media Hails Steve O'Keefe, Team's Stunning Victory Over India In Pune
Australian team celebrate after beating India by 333 runs in the opening Test at Pune. © AFP

The Australian media hailed the performance of Steve O'Keefe as Australia claimed their first Test win on Indian soil in 13 years and backed the visiting team to win the series. O'Keefe's 12-wicket match haul brushed aside the famed Indian batting line-up in Pune as the men from Down Under romped to a 333-run win to take a 1-0 lead in the four-Test series. On a turning track, the Indian batsmen fell like ninepins to be bowled out for 105 in their first innings and 107 in the second.

Captain Steve Smith's brilliant century helped the Australians reach 285 in their second innings on Day 3 of the opening Test as India were set a 441-run target to win.

Indian batsmen, including skipper Virat Kohli, made massive errors in judgement as O'Keefe (six) Nathan Lyon (four) claimed all the 10 Indian wickets to fall in the second innings.

"History has been made. Australia has won its first game in India in almost 13 years. Steve O'Keefe has put his name on an honour board among the very best the game has ever seen and India is in shock," a write-up in 'The Australian' newspaper said.

"A billion plus people didn't see this coming. A good 20 million plus Australians were of the same mind. Nobody outside the camp gave Steve Smith's men a chance, but they romped it in. The best bit? They beat the Indians at their own game," it said.

It was Australia's first Test win in India since 2004 and ended the hosts' unbeaten streak of 19 Tests.

The 'Sun-Herald' dubbed O'Keefe's stunning showing as a "superhero performance.

"Steve O'Keefe led Australia to one of its greatest Test victories on Indian soil with a superhero performance that rewrote the record books and humiliated the shell-shocked hosts inside three days," the Sun-Herald said.

"Australia will head to Bangalore for the second Test with genuine belief they can pull off what only a few days ago seemed like mission impossible and win just their second series on these shores since 1969."

India's use of the Decision Review System (DRS) during the opening Test came under heavy criticism and the 'Sydney Morning Herald' didn't forget to make a mention of it.

"There were a range of different factors that led to Australia recording their first Test win in India since 2004. The tourists were much better in the field, while they outperformed the top-ranked Test side with bat and ball," the newspaper said.

"One of the most stark differences between the two teams was their use of DRS. Intended to remove umpiring howlers, Virat Kohli's side burned their referrals frivolously throughout the contest that ended on Saturday.

"The most glaring example came when openers Murali Vijay and KL Rahul, unhappy with their lbw dismissals, wasted the side's two reviews in just 5.3 overs of India's second innings."

The 'Sunday Telegraph' heaped praise on O'Keefe for shattering 84 years of Test history in the sub-continent.

"Written off as the worst Australian team to ever tour cricket's most imposing fortress, a great sporting upset is now firmly on the cards," it said. "O'Keefe's extraordinary match haul of 12-70 now stands alone as the best individual figures by an overseas spinner ever in the sub-continent since the first match India played way back in 1933."

(With PTI Inputs)

Highlights
  • Smith's men have tamed India in their own game: Australian media
  • Australia beat India by 333 runs in the opening Test in Pune
  • This was Australia's first Test win in India since 2004
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