Having been outclassed in such an emphatic manner in the Border-Gavaskar test series, Australian captain Time Paine minced no word on Monday in appreciating the Virat Kohli-led India team by describing it as a “huge achievement”.
“We have to tip our hat to India, we know how tough it is to win in Australia so congrats to Virat and (coach) Ravi (Shastri) because it’s a huge achievement,” said Australia captain Tim Paine.
The statement came after Australia were forced to follow on at home for the first time in 30 years and losing the series to India in an historic manner.
Australia were found struggling without batsmen Steve Smith and David Warner, who are serving a 12 month ban for the ball-tampering controversy in South Africa last March.
No Australia player managed to score a century in the series, while India managed five – three of those coming from Cheteshwar Pujara, who scored 521 runs, reported BBC while describing the scale of difference in performance between India and Australia.
“We are disappointed, definitely over the last two Tests. We had our chances in Adelaide, and in Perth I thought we played some good cricket, but in Melbourne and Sydney, we’ve been outplayed,” Paine added.
Australian captain even highly praised the Indian bowlers as well, describing them as “potentially the best pace bowling attack in the world”.
“It’s been great for some guys to get some experience in international cricket, particularly the top six, against potentially the best pace bowling attack in the world at the moment. So they are going to learn a lot from that,” Paine said.
Score: Fourth Test, Sydney Cricket Ground (day five)
India 622-7 dec: Pujara 193, Pant 159*, Jadeja 81, Lyon 4-178
Australia 300 (Harris 79, Labuschagne 38, Yadav 5-99) & 6-0