Winning a Test match in Australia is perhaps the most difficult mountain to climb in modern-day cricket. India has scaled that peak and a little bit more as they stand on the brink of an unprecedented series victory Down Under.
Going into the third Test match at Melbourne, India had a lot of questions to answer and so did the team management. The openers were constantly failing to contribute and the team combination was, for the umpteenth time, wrong in retrospect.
But as the dust settles on the Boxing Day Test match, India seems to have answered a lot of the pressing questions posed at them following the loss at Perth. Thus, the Indian camp was in a celebratory mood and posted photos on the social media to mark the momentous occasion.
India's fast bowlers have toiled away throughout the year and Virat Kohli made sure his social media paid a fitting tribute to them.
Man of the match and the man ruling every Indian heart following his memorable bowling performance, Jasprit Bumrah compared success to consistency.
Bumrah's pace-mate Mohammed Shami was once again unlucky to have not picked more wickets than he did, but he too was jubilant.
Debutant Mayank Agarwal made a huge difference at the top of the order and made the nation proud.
Rohit Sharma made a triumphant return to the Test fold as he scored an unbeaten half-century in the first innings to help India bat Australia out of the game.
Although Ravichandran Ashwin did not play the Test match, he posted the same picture and had a special message for his teammate, Bumrah comparing him to Malcolm Marshall.
Hardik Pandya also joined in on the celebrations and he too singled out Bumrah for special praise.
Legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar also took to Twitter to congratulate the team and even he did not shy away from singling out India's quick sensation, Bumrah.
Incredible effort by #TeamIndia to take a 2-1 lead, especially @Jaspritbumrah93 who has played an instrumental role in this win. He has gone from strength to strength in all formats of the game. Definitely one of the best in the world today. #INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/vweoHd0nEE— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) December 30, 2018
VVS Laxman, who knows a thing or two about performing against Australia, could not hide his excitement and pointed out the contextual significance of the victory at MCG.
37 years 10 months ago was the last time India won a test at the MCG, none of the players from either sides were born. This win is one to savour & cherish for a long time and a perfect end to 2018 for Team India. Each player can be very proud of their contribution to this win?— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) December 30, 2018
India will go into the fourth Test with a 2-1 lead. It will be played in Sydney from January 3, 2019.