Former Australia cricketer Michael Hussey believes that it's not easy for a sub-continental team to win a Test series in Australia, but India did in a style after they won a historic 2-1 four-match Test Series at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) on Monday (January 7).
Hussey also lauded Indian Cricket Team’s aggressive attitude throughout Border-Gavaskar Trophy in Australia, as well as, said Virat Kohli’s leadership was “superb throughout the Test series”.
He was really impressed with the way India came out here with an attitude of confidence and adapted to the conditions Down Under and dominated the home side to end the wait for 71 years to register its maiden Test series win on the Kangaroos’ soil.
However, Hussey admitted that Australia is in a bit of turmoil and transition with a few players out of the team, especially David Warner and Steve Smith, but said India showed their great mentality and attitude in the Test series, saying the Men in played in a great spirit and real confident cricket here.
Hussey said on air after SCG Test, “I think it's been their mentality. I've seen a lot of teams come to Australia shores and hope they play well. But India have come here and they were expected to play well in these conditions. Yes, Australia is in a bit of turmoil and transition with a few players out of the team.”
The commentator continued, “But they have come here with an attitude of confidence, they want to be aggressive, they wanted to take the game on and that's under Virat Kohli's leadership which I think has been superb throughout the series. They played in a great spirit but they have played real confident cricket. It's not easy for a sub-continental team to come to Australia, adapt to the conditions and play so well. You can just tell how much it meant to them.”
Meanwhile, the Aussie further went on credit Cheteshwar Pujara and Jasprit Bumrah for India's historic Test series win in Australia.
The 31-year-old right-handed batsman was the difference for India have scored 521 runs at an average of 74.4, with three centuries and one half-century, while the No. 1 One Day bowler proved phenomenal for the touring side, as the seamer ended up as the joint-highest wicket-taker in the Border-Gavaskar Series with 21 wickets along with Nathan Lyon.
The 68-Test veteran added, “If I have to pick on player I'd say Pujara. The way he batted throughout this series was just incredible. He batted so much time and he's such an important player in that Indian team because everyone else all the attacking players can bat around him.”
Hussey signed off by saying, “He was just a rock throughout this series. But credit must also go to Bumrah. I thought he was absolutely superb throughout this series too.”
(With India Today Inputs)