India wins the emphatic series against Australia. India defeated Australia in the last match with 3 wickets and chased down the target of 328. The target was never achieved at Gabba, Brisbane. Australia was undefeated at this ground since 1988. Australian head coach Justin Langer has all praises for the Indian team after they came back from 0-1 down to beat Australia 2-1 in the four-match series. It was the historic win in Brisbane for India on Tuesday as not many have thought about this victory.
Justin Langer termed this India vs Australia series an ‘incredible one’. He added that he has learned a lesson and that is to ‘never ever underestimate the Indians.’
“India deserves full credit, they have been outstanding. We will learn a lot of lessons from this. You cannot take anything for granted, never ever underestimate the Indians, 1.5 billion [people in India] and you play in the senior team, you have to be really tough. I couldn’t appreciate India enough.”
Justin Langer told this in an interview after India dethroned Australia’s crown in Brisbane. He also added,
“It was an incredible Test series and in the end there is always a winner or a loser. Today Test cricket is the winner. It”s gonna hurt us big time. India deserved full credit. They have been outstanding but we have learnt lessons from it,”
First, you can never take anything for granted, second never ever, ever underestimate the Indians. There are 1.5 billions Indians and if you play in that first eleven you got to be really tough, don’t you?”
Justin Langer also appreciates the fightback of India, after India’s devastating loss in Adelaide especially when the majority of the experienced players were injured. The new Indian team has players like Mohammed Siraj, Shubman Gill, Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur, and T Natarajan who played like champions. Justin added,
“I can’t compliment India enough. They haven’t gone away after that first Test match which we won in three days, bowled them out for 30 odd. For them to fight back as they did is amazing, credit to them. The big lesson for us is that you can’t take anything for granted. India never got away,”
Justin Langer also appreciated the innings of Indian wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant of 89 not out and compared his innings with England’s all-rounder Ben Stokes innings in Ashes at Headingly.
“It was an amazing effort. (Rishabh) Pant’s innings somewhat reminded me of Ben Stokes’ innings in Headingley actually. He came in, he was almost fearless and he will be lauded because of it. It was an unbelievable innings.”
“I thought young (Shubman) Gill (91) batted very well. Their young bowling attack kept us under pressure throughout the match and as I said India deserve full credit.”
He did not stop here and even appreciated the tireless Australian bowling attack even after the loss. Justin Langer concluded,
“From our point of view, we had the same four bowlers (Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon, and Mitchell Starc) who have gone hard, they have stood up and they have worked so hard but unfortunately we didn’t get over the line today,”
“I am proud of the way those four guys fought so hard.”
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