The Virat Kohli-led Indian team registered its name in history books after winning their first-ever Test series in Australia on Monday.
After the visiting team won the Adelaide and Melbourne Test of the series, the fifth and final Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) here ended in a draw as no play was possible on the last day due to continuous downpour and India clinched the series 2-1.
Opting to bat in the final Test, India took a commanding position as Cheteswar Pujara and stumper Rishabh Pant's scintillating 193 and 159-run respective knock guided India to a massive 622/7 in their first innings.
India then rode chinaman Kuldeep Yadav's fifer to bundle out the home side on 300 runs before enforcing a follow-on.
Australia were six for no loss in their second innings and play wasn't possible on the final day of the Test, thanks to the continuous rains as the contest ended in draw.
Earlier, wet conditions had forced an early finish on day three and allowed less than two hours play on day four, before completely washing out the final day on Monday.
Pujara was one of the main reasons behind India's historic series win as the Saurashtra batsman accumulated 328 runs from three games, averaging 54.67. Meanwhile, Pujara also slammed three tons in the crucial Border-Gavaskar series. Kohli also effectively supported with 259 runs from three games.
In the bowling department, pacer Jasprit Bumrah turned out to be the most effective bowler for the visitors after bagging 21 wickets from four games while his partner Mohammed Shami also scalped 16 wickets.
Brief Score: India 622/7 d (Cheteshwar Pujara 193, Rishabh Pant 159 not out; Nathan Lyon 4/178) draw vs Australia 300 all out and 6/0 (Usman Khawaja 4 not out, Marcus Harris 2 not out).
Twitter was flooded with congratulatory messages with Sachin Tendulkar calling it 'An amazing day for Indian cricket’.
Congratulations India on a stupendous victory. It’s a big day for us as sporting nation. For once,let’s not debate or dissect the impact of absence of Warner/Smith, let’s just savour the moment and be proud. Let’s be together on this one at least! @BCCI @SPNSportsIndia #INDvAUS— Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) January 7, 2019
Many congratulations #TeamIndia on this historic series win in Australia. It took a complete Team effort from every member of the side and it gives such an immense sense of satisfaction and joy to see what the boys have done on the field. Let’s cherish this special series win pic.twitter.com/QFj7oJg47i— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) January 7, 2019
When was the last time you did something for the first time? Historic 1st Test Series win for India in Australia! Superb effort by #TeamIndia ! It may have ended in rain but that’s not going to dampen the celebrations! Proud #INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/xVN9OZtye5— Suresh Raina (@ImRaina) January 7, 2019
So @imVkohli and team India create a slice of history.. first Indian team to beat Aus in Aus!! Wow moment for Indian cricket.. the ‘canteen boys’ have mastered the so called master chefs!! Now South Africa remains as the final frontier to be conquered! #INDvsAUS— Rajdeep Sardesai (@sardesairajdeep) January 7, 2019
A historic cricketing accomplishment in Australia!— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) January 7, 2019
Congratulations to the Indian Cricket Team for the hard-fought and richly deserved series victory.
The series witnessed some memorable performances and solid teamwork.
Best wishes for the various games ahead.