India vs Australia 4th Sydney: Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma was again spotted on-the-field at the iconic Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) on a day when Virat Kohli-led Team India created history on Australian soil by becoming the first travelling team to beat the hosts in their den. Anushka was captured sharing the winning moments with her husband Kohli as the tourists celebrated the historic moment. In the past as well, the Bollywood beauty has often been seen at cricketing venues rooting for her hubby and his team. Kohli’s India beat Australia 2-1 to retain the Border-Gavaskar trophy for the first time on Australian soil. The captain lauded Cheteshwar Pujara, Mayank Agarwal and the entire unit for the emphatic display in Australia this summer.
Meanwhile, India will feel they were robbed of a win at SCG as they had the hosts on the mat after enforcing a 322-run follow-on and becoming the first team to do so in 31 years. Australia will feel knowing they were outplayed during the course of the four-match Test series like Tim Paine said that they were beaten by the better team and there is no shame in that.
Here is how the team celebrated their emphatic win:
It is a rare first Down Under for India since Lala Amarnath’s side visited the country back in 1947-48 months after independence to face Sir Don Bradman’s ‘Invincibles’. “Firstly, I want to say I’ve never been more proud of being part of a team, than this one right here. The culture we’ve built… our transition began right here, where I took over as captain, and I can’t believe that after four years we’ve won here. Just one word to say, ‘proud’, to lead this team and it’s an honour and privilege. The boys make the captain look good,” an elated skipper Kohli said after the mission was accomplished.
Things turned out to be a bit of anti-climactic in the end as India had a fair chance of adding insult to the injury with a 3-1 victory margin as they got the home team to follow-on in their den for the first time in 30 years after scoring 622 in their only innings.
It was a ‘freeze the frame’ as the Indian team took a ‘Lap of Honour’ of the SCG with the both Indian and Australian fans cheering them.
“This is history and a terrific moment for Indian cricket,” said country’s greatest opener Sunil Gavaskar.
Such was the fragility of the Australian batting, a full day’s play possibly could have been enough to win a record three Test matches in a single series in Australia had the heavens not opened up.
India will now lock horns with Australia in the 50-overs format. Kohli and team will look to finish the series with a win in that as well.