India came to Australia with a confident and aggressive attitude: Michael Hussey

first_img4th Test, Day 5, Brief Scores: India 622 for 7 declared (Pujara 193, Pant 159 not out, Jadeja 81, Lyon 4 for 178) vs Australia (300 all out; Harris 79, Kuldeep 5 for 99) & 6/0 (Harris 2*, Khawaja 4*). Match ends in a draw. Full ScorecardMichael Hussey also credited Cheteshwar Pujara and Jasprit Bumrah for India’s historic Test series win in Australia.Former Australia cricketer Michael Hussey lauded Team India’s attitude under captain Virat Kohli after the visitors registered a historic 2-1 series win in Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Monday.The fourth Test of the series turned out to be a damp squib as rain and bad weather conditions in Sydney saw the final match end in a draw after the final day’s play was completely washed out.Hussey was really impressed with the way the Indian team came to Australia and adapted to the conditions Down Under and dominated the home side in their own den 19 out of the 20 days of Test cricket played in the series.”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.”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.advertisement”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,” Hussey said on air after the match got over.Mr. Cricket as Hussey was known during his playing days, also credited Cheteshwar Pujara and Jasprit Bumrah for the win and picked those two players as the main reasons behind India’s historic triumph.Cheteshwar Pujara: can bat, can’t dance?Celebrations have well and truly begun for Team India! #AUSvIND (@cricketcomau) January 7, 2019Pujara stood out above all other batsmen on this tour as he ground down the home team’s bowlers with his powers of patience and crisp execution.Batting at the pivotal No.3 position, the 31-year-old scored 521 runs at an average of 74.4, with three centuries and one half-century, spending more than 30 hours at the crease to blunt Australia’s attack and claim man-of-the-series honors.The 68-Test veteran had relatively lean tours of South Africa and England last year, scoring just the one century in seven tests, but broke his away drought in spectacular fashion Down Under.Another reason for India’s success in the last one year has been the addition of Bumrah. Since making his debut in South Africa in January 2018, Bumrah has picked 49 wickets in 10 Tests at a staggering average of 21.89 with three five-wicket hauls.Is this series triumph Virat Kohli’s greatest achievement? #AUSvIND (@cricketcomau) January 7, 2019The number one bowler in ODIs proved phenomenal in red-ball cricket as well and ended up as the joint-highest wicket taker in the Border-Gavaskar series with 21 wickets along with Nathan Lyon.”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.”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,” Hussey added.Also Read | Cheteshwar Pujara just can’t dance: Watch India stars celebrate historic winAlso Read | Australia Test series win as big as 1983 World Cup triumph, says India coach Ravi ShastriAlso Read | Virat Kohli celebrates historic Australia series win with wife Anushka Sharma at SCGAlso Read | Australia series win proudest moment of my 10-year career: Virat Kohlilast_img

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