India has beaten Australia in a Test series Down Under for the first time in history. Virat Kohli and his men have forever written their name in the annals of history; and whatever happens from here on in, these men will be remembered in Australia and by Indians because the first is always special.
Team India dominated the entire series barring one match in Perth. Although the writing was on the wall for Australia, right from the outset, one could not take anything for granted. It was, after all, Australia in Australia.
But the Indian boys did themselves proud with an overall fantastic performance with both, bat and ball. For perhaps the first time in Indian cricketing history, the batsmen were the cause of concern heading into a series and for the first time in a year – since the South Africa series – the batsmen stood up as a unit. For long it had been Kohli versus the opposition bowling; this series was the Indian batting versus the opposition bowling and that made the difference. That Cheteshwar Pujara so majestically announced himself to the Aussies made sure that the opposition's biggest strength – their bowling – was negated.
For the bowling unit, this series served as the perfect crescendo to a year of success. The bowlers had singlehandedly – in South Africa and England – kept India in games on a consistent basis. But the batsmen failed them and so did the elusive series win. But this time, a weakened Australian batting and a strong Indian batting performance combined to help the visitors achieve this unprecedented feat.
As Virat Kohli kissed the Border-Gavaskar trophy handed to him by Allan Border, it became official – Australia had fallen and India has risen!