Congratulatory messages continued to pour in a day after India’s historic Test series victory on Australian soil with legendary batsman Sir Vivian Richards labeling the visitor’s performance as “magnificent”.
India won the four-match series 2-1 after the Sydney Test ended in a rain-forced draw on Monday, their first ever Test series triumph on Australian soil.
“Let me take this opportunity to congratulate Virat and his team for such a magnificent performance Down Under. It was always going to be tough, but you guys came out smelling sweet,” Richards said in a video message.
The 66-year-old West Indian also lavished praise on Player of the Series, Cheteshwar Pujara, who scored 521 runs at an average of 74 with the help of three hundred. Pujara faced the most deliveries (1245) by a visiting batsman during a series in Australia, having played four or fewer Tests.
The Saurashtra-batsman batted 1868 minutes in four-match Test series; the third most by an Indian in a Test series. Only Sunil Gavaskar (1978 mins vs WI in 1971 and 1976 mins vs ENG in 1981/82) has batted longer in a Test series for India than Pujara.
“And to Pujara just magnificent batsmanship, I just felt real gold stuff. Well done to everyone. Magnificent performance again. Congratulations to the Indian team and to my good mate Ravi did well again.”
India will now head to the last phase of their Australia tour when they will play three-match ODI series against the hosts, which will begin from January 12 at Sydney Cricket Ground.