India’s regular skipper Virat Kohli joined the country’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi in paying tribute to the Indian team who defied massive odds to script a memorable 2-1 series victory in Australia on Tuesday.
Kohli had returned home to attend the birth of his daughter after the opening Test loss, leaving behind a deflated side who were skittled out for 36 in Adelaide – their lowest innings score in 88 years of test cricket.
Under stand-in skipper Rahane, India levelled the series in Melbourne and drew in Sydney before triumphing in Brisbane to retain the Border-Gavaskar trophy.
“WHAT A WIN!!! Yessssss. To everyone who doubted us after Adelaide, stand up and take notice,” Kohli tweeted after India’s three-wicket victory at the Gabba.
“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.”
Modi also took to Twitter to congratulate the team, who showed great resilience despite losing their entire frontline attack to injuries heading into the Brisbane decider.
“We are all overjoyed at the success of the Indian Cricket Team in Australia. Their remarkable energy and passion was visible throughout. So was their stellar intent, remarkable grit and determination…” he said.