1st Test Australia vs India: India captain Virat Kohli’s reaction after Ravichandran Ashwin got Hazlewood caught by Rahul was ecstatic. Kohli seemed to be over the moon, which also signifies the importance of the win. India has been known as slow starters, hence a win in the first Test helped India shrug off that tag. Kohli was pumped up as he could not keep a lid over his emotions, something MS Dhoni could. Kohli is someone who expresses himself and his celebration after the 31-run win showed that. Also Read - COVID-19 Pandemic: BCCI Donates Rs 51 Crore to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Relief Fund
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At the post-match presentation after the match, Kohli, speaking on how close it was, he said, “These things happen in Tests, ups and downs through a game. You need to just stay calm. Odds were stacked against them. They fought really well but we executed our plans well and got that last wicket which were intending to get. (Whether he felt the heat) I wouldn’t say I was cool as ice but you just don’t try to show it.”
Meanwhile, it was Cheteshwar Pujara’s gritty batting followed by some disciplined bowling from the bowlers helped India beat Australia by 31 runs to take a 1-0 lead in the four-match Test series. This is the first time India has won the first Test of a series Down Under and the first win since 2008.
This win is bound to give immense confidence to the Indians going ahead in the series, who were on the backfoot at the end of Day 1 after winning the toss and opted to bat first. But to have the belief and come back from there is highly commendable. None of the Australian batsmen got going and the inexperience in the absence of Steve Smith and David Warner was exposed.