India Register Historic Win in Border-Gavaskar Trophy, Move to Top of ICC World Test Championship Standings
Wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant starred as India defeated Australia by three wickets in the fourth Test at Gabba in Brisbane to register a historic win down under. By clinching the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, India moved to the number one position in the ICC World Test Championship standings.
Defeating the home team on the fifth day of the final Test, India sealed the series 2-1. Rishabh Pant impressed with a knock of 89, while Cheteshwar Pujara contributed with a half century. Earlier, Shubman Gill scored a gritty 91 as India chased down the highest score of 328 in Brisbane.
India became the first team since the West Indies in 1988 to beat Australia while chasing in Brisbane.
Under the captaincy of Ajinkya Rahane, India claimed 30 points with the victory in Gabba. They now lead the World Test Championship points table, while Australia have been pushed down to the third position.
“We’ve all been cribbing, knowing what to do, but failing to act, struggling to get out of that negative bubble and here are a few spirited determined young men showing us the way. But are we as willing as they are? It comes down to that. And that’s why there’s a lot more to cricket than just bat and ball,” Rahane said after the triumph.
“A salute to the entire Indian contingent for giving us a reason to wake up early, look forward to something with belief and make us smile in these tough times,” he added.
Captain Virat Kohli, who is on paternity leave, took to Twitter to congratulate the Indian team. “WHAT A WIN!!! Yessssss. To everyone who doubted us after Adelaide, stand up and take notice. Exemplary performance but the grit and determination was the standout for us the whole way. Well done to all the boys and the management. Enjoy this historic feat lads,” Kohli tweeted.
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