India beat Aussies in fourth Test, clinch series

Kuldeep roars with delight at a maiden Test wicket / BCCI

India's 2-1 series victory was overshadowed by the bad blood that still lingers between the two sides. Now imagine the same with Twitter also available, where every armchair critic has a voice that can be directed at anyone. I thought our bowlers, batsmen and fielders, they all did well.

India had entered the series against Australia needing to win at least one Test to retain possession of the prestigious mace, which it had reclaimed following the Indore Test against New Zealand in October 2016, ICC said in a statement. India knocked off the remaining 87 runs of the 106-run target without much qualm and won the game in the first session.

"I know them really well, but I know where to draw the line of friendship". If you don't have a team performance, you can't be the number one team in the world. "You have to take it in your stride and move forward", said Kohli.

"I'm really happy as a captain. Shows the character and maturity", Kohli said.

"I know coming over here, I've said it a few times we've been written off, we'll lose 4-0, all that kind of stuff". This season is a good response to them. The 50 came in 67 balls.

With lunch having been taken after the India innings Australia found themselves in trouble early on. It's understood Star Sports had misled former India great and analyst VVS Laxman by not showing the footage that exonerated Smith. That was perhaps the difference between the two sides.

Steve Smith felt the same, too.

"A lot of people wrote us off before we got here". But we just needed to do it a little bit longer at times and be a bit more consistent.

"I have been pretty intense throughout this series". India survived the final over without loss. This set of players under Kohli has it in them to do well irrespective of conditions. Australia already looked resigned to defeat. Those were what all the "experts" were predicting for India before Australia came to these shores. They were bowled out for under 110 in both innings as the visitors romped home to an unexpected, but deserving, triumph.

Well, India don't do that, even when Kohli isn't on the field.

"There is something in it for pacers, spinners and batsmen". Not to forget Mohammed Shami has been unavailable for the better part of this home season. Australia won both the matches and this one as well.

The hosts scored 332 in their first innings in reply to Australia's 300 before the tourists collapsed for just 137 on the third day. "This team doesn't take a backwards step from anyone".

In the end, the result seems to be the right one.

But opener K.L. Rahul, who has been consistency personified, and Rahane made sure there were no further twists in a roller-coaster series and guided India home. On available evidence it's hard to argue India have not made a sensible call on Kohli though eyebrows will be raised if he is fit to lead his Royal Challengers Bangalore into their first match of the lucrative Indian Premier League.

On the whole, it was the kind of cricket that fans would have loved to watch. Saha later said the partnership evoked memories of the 376-run stand between VVS Laxman and Rahul Dravid in Kolkata in 2001. Umesh's tally is his best in a Test series, eclipsing the 14 claimed in the four-Test series against Australia in 2011-12.

He was also at the centre of the series' low point at Bengaluru, when his rival skipper Steve Smith breached the game's laws by looking towards the dressing room for apparent guidance when contemplating a DRS review.

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