India vs Australia: Sachin Tendulkar Leads Ecstatic Twitter Celebrations After Victory

Updated: 28 March 2017 14:51 IST

India defeated Australia by 8 wickets in Dharamsala Test to win four-match series 2-1.

India vs Australia: Sachin Tendulkar Leads Ecstatic Twitter Celebrations After Victory
India defeated Australia by 8 wickets in Dharamsala to reclaim Border-Gavaskar Trophy © BCCI

India deserved all the accolades after they beat Australia by eight wickets in the 4th Test in Dharamsala to clinch series 2-1 and reclaim the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. It was India's seventh Test series win in a row since 2015, highlighting their domination in Test cricket. Leading the applause was Sachin Tendulkar, with the likes of Virender Sehwag, Harbhajan Singh and Parthiv Patel following suit after the famous win at Dharamsala.

Needing 87 runs on the fourth day to reach a modest victory target of 106, opener Lokesh Rahul (51 not out) dominated from the start with a flurry of boundaries and finished with six half-centuries in the series.

However, it was stand-in captain Ajinkya Rahane who put to rest whatever little jitters IIndia had after losing Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara in quicks succession.

He attacked Australian pace spearhead Pat Cummins with such gusto that the match became a no-contest in double-quick time.

There were some hiccups when Vijay (8) and Pujara (0) were out in quick succession but Rahane (38 off 27 balls) came in with the intent of hammering the bowlers into submission.

Rahane and Rahul added 60 runs for a third wicket partnership which took the team to victory in 23.5 overs.

 

 

 

 

Fittingly, Rahul finished the match with a hard-run two and celebrated wildly. Regular skipper Virat Kohli, who sat out of the contest due to a shoulder injury, and the rest of the Indian team gave Rahul a standing ovation.

In fact, Rahul ran in towards the Australian dressing room before taking off his helmet and letting out a wild war cry -- an indication of how intensely the series had been fought.

But putting aside the hostilities that started with the infamous 'Brain Fade' of rival captain Steve Smith, the two teams shook hands at the end of an aggressively-fought series.

It brought the curtains down on a very productive home season in which India won 10 out of the 13 Test matches with two draws and the only defeat coming on a Pune dust-bowl against Smith's side.

(With inputs from PTI)

 

 

 

Topics : India Australia Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar Harbhajan Singh Virender Sehwag Cricket Australia Tour of India, 2017
Highlights
  • India beat Australia by 8 wickets
  • India reclaim Border-Gavaskar Trophy
  • The hosts clinch series 2-1
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