January 20: Former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram applauded Team India for their remarkable turnaround in the Test series against Australia.
India beat Australia by three wickets against all odds in the final Test of the series at The Gabba on Tuesday to take the series 2-1.
Akram, who is one the best bowlers cricket has ever seen, said he hasn’t seen a bold, brave, and boisterous Asian side on a tougher tour of Australia before this achievement.
“Incredible Test & series win for India have not seen a bold, brave and boisterous Asian team on a tougher tour of Australia. No adversity could stop them, frontline players injured, & won after a remarkable turn around from the depths of 36 all out, inspiring for others. kudos India,” Akram tweeted.
Rishabh Pant played an outstanding knock and remained unbeaten on 89 to help India chase down 328 on a fifth-day track in Brisbane. India became the first team to beat Australia in a Test match in Brisbane in 32 years.
This is also India’s first victory at Gabba in 7 Tests. Before this India had lost five while drawing one at the venue. India had not played at the iconic venue during their last trip in 2018-19 wherein they clinched a historic Test series win .Pant hit a boundary off Josh Hazelwood when India needed 3 runs to win the last three overs of the match. Pant ended up with 89 off 138 balls with nine fours and a sixes.
India resumed Tuesday on 4 without loss and had 98 overs to chase a victory target of 328 or three full sessions to bat through to salvage the draw it needed to retain the Border-Gavaskar trophy.
No team had scored more than 236-7 in the fourth innings to win a test match at the Gabba. India won by three wickets and, with a total of 329-7, now replaces Australia’s team of 1951 for that record.