Indian cricketers have been welcomed with a royal salute to their home after scripting an unbelievable history which will be etched in the memory of the cricket fans forever. Their turnaround in this series is something that no Indian team has managed to do ever in their cricketing history. If one calls it recency bias, it is clearly not.
India have won handful of overseas series after being under the pump in difficult circumstances but this came against one of the all the great Australian attacks that comprised Pat Cummins, Josh Hazelwood, Mitchell Starc and Nathan Lyon. To conquer this pace attack in their own den is something that no team in the word at the moment could even imagine.
When the Indian team returned to India, they were cheered and welcomed by huge masses and Indian Captain Ajinkya Rahane’s welcome was no different. In the process, he was asked to cut the cake to celebrate the victory that had the Australian national animal Kangaroo on it. The stand in captain decided to back away from cutting it. It was the right move in the end as it would have been a disrespectful behavior had he obliged to the fans’s request.
A lot of talks were going on about Ajinkya Rahane being a better captain than Virat Kohli but all the coaching staffs have praised Virat Kohli for the series victory unanimously. This Indian team was built by Virat Kohli and his grit and determination is something that has passed on to the team.
India to play England for a 4 match test series that starts on February 5. India need to win at least 3 games against England to qualify for the finals of WTC. It will be an intriguing series as England have named a full strength squad to take on the mighty Indians in India.