Cheteshwar Pujara took the hits and Rishabh Pant counterpunched with an unbeaten 89 as India chased down a record total to win the Border-Gavaskar trophy with three overs and three wickets to spare on the last day of the series.
The injury-depleted India squad played with no fear, ending Australia’s unbeaten run at the Gabba that dated to 1988.
India resumed Tuesday on 4 without loss and had 98 overs to chase a victory target of 328 or three full sessions to bat through to salvage the draw it needed to retain the Border-Gavaskar trophy.
No team had scored more than 236-7 in the fourth innings to win a test match at the Gabba. India won by three wickets and, with a total of 329-7, now replaces Australia's team of 1951 for that record.
After never winning a test series on Australian soil until 2018-19, India has now done it twice on consecutive tours Down Under.
Opener Shubman Gill posted 91, Pujara absorbed no fewer than 11 hits in his 211-ball 56. The four-Test series had been tied 1-1, meaning India needed only a draw to retain the trophy.
WHAT A WIN!!! Yessssss. To everyone who doubted us after Adelaide, stand up and take notice. Exemplary performance but the grit and determination was the standout for us the whole way. Well done to all the boys and the management. Enjoy this historic feat lads. Cheers 👏🏼🇮🇳 @BCCI pic.twitter.com/CgWElgOOO1
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) January 19, 2021
Proud to be a part of this unit 🇮🇳 pic.twitter.com/bZZupXEAfE
— Ajinkya Rahane (@ajinkyarahane88) January 19, 2021
EVERY SESSION WE DISCOVERED A NEW HERO.
Every time we got hit, we stayed put & stood taller. We pushed boundaries of belief to play fearless but not careless cricket. Injuries & uncertainties were countered with poise & confidence. One of the greatest series wins!
Congrats India. pic.twitter.com/ZtCChUURLV
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) January 19, 2021
For all of us in 🇮🇳 & across the world, if you ever score 36 or lesser in life, remember: it isn't end of the world.
The spring stretches backward only to propel you forward. And once you succeed, don't forget to celebrate with those who stood by you when the world wrote you off. pic.twitter.com/qqaTTAg9uW
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) January 19, 2021
Just a remarkable win...To go to Australia and win a test series in this way ..will be remembered in the history of indian cricket forever ..Bcci announces a 5 cr bonus for the team ..The value of this win is beyond any number ..well done to every member of the touring party..
— Sourav Ganguly (@SGanguly99) January 19, 2021
This is a win we’re never forgetting, this is a win for the ages! So proud of this team, Jai Hind 🇮🇳 CHAMPIONS🏆 pic.twitter.com/9KzLG28QaJ
— Jasprit Bumrah (@Jaspritbumrah93) January 19, 2021
— BCCI (@BCCI) January 19, 2021
Undoubtedly, one of the best series I've been a part of. Everyone stood up to the challenge when it mattered the most; a sign of a champion team.
LOVE THIS TEAM! 🙌🏻#TeamIndia #DownUnder #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/FHQ8xayyUA
— Mayank Agarwal (@mayankcricket) January 19, 2021
Incredible moment for India as they lift the trophy 🏆 #AUSvIND
— Fox Cricket (@FoxCricket) January 19, 2021
Good evening from Gabba!! I am sorry I couldn’t play here but thanks for hosting us and playing some hard cricket during these tough times. We will remember this series forever! @tdpaine36 @CricketAus
— Ashwin 🇮🇳 (@ashwinravi99) January 19, 2021
Historic series win for Team India! Youngsters delivered when it mattered, with Gilll and Pant in the forefront. Hats off to Ravi Shastri and the support staff for their part in this turnaround! So so proud of this bunch, this is one for the ages👏👏👏 #AUSvsIND
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) January 19, 2021
— DK (@DineshKarthik) January 19, 2021
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) January 19, 2021
Another great milestone by my brother @RishabhPant17 achieving 1000 Test Runs at Gabba, what a beautiful sight it has been watching you play today for our country, keep going!👏 #AUSvIND ❤️❤️👌✅☝️@BCCI pic.twitter.com/2OVbCKvJlH
— Suresh Raina🇮🇳 (@ImRaina) January 19, 2021
Class of 2016 Under 19. Rishabh Pant and Washington Sundar. Class of 2018 Under 19. Shubman Gill.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) January 19, 2021
@RishabhPant17 you beauty, one of the best match winning knocks i have witnessed! Exciting to watch every ball of your knock! Amazing effort signs of things to come ! Keep batting the same way w#Cricket #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/FxVPkRTZKk
— Kris Srikkanth (@KrisSrikkanth) January 19, 2021
Khushi ke maare pagal. This is the new India. Ghar mein ghuskar maarta hai.
From what happened in Adelaide to this, these young guys have given us a joy of a lifetime. There have been World Cup wins but this is special.
And yes,there is a reason Pant is extra special . pic.twitter.com/3CAQIkAuwq
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) January 19, 2021
This is pretty much how I felt when Harbhajan slap-drove McGrath for 2 in Chennai 2001. Twenty years on... here we go again.
— Siddhartha Vaidyanathan (@sidvee) January 19, 2021
— AB de Villiers (@ABdeVilliers17) January 19, 2021
What a win for India!! This will give BELIEF to millions of young Indian kids that anything is possible. BELIEF is intangible but BELIEF is very important for our nation. Sport really cuts across all barriers - Caste, creed, religion. Salute Team India!!
— Viren Rasquinha (@virenrasquinha) January 19, 2021
1988: Greenidge Haynes Richardson Hooper Richards Logie Dujon Marshall Ambrose Walsh Patterson
2021: Rohit Gill Pujara Rahane Pant Agarwal Sundar Thakur Saini Siraj Natarajan
The last two visiting XIs to win a Test match at Brisbane.
— Yash Jha (@jhayash) January 19, 2021
Putting this Test and series win into perspective.
India’s series win is one of the great sporting triumphs. In bio-secure bubbles since October, 36 all out in Adelaide, dozens of players missing: win in Melbourne & salvage in Sydney before ending Australia’s 33 year unbeaten run in Brisbane. The stuff of legend. #AUSvIND
— Freddie Wilde (@fwildecricket) January 19, 2021
Away from home, at a ground where Australia never lose, without Kohli, with a bowling attack that is ridiculously inexperienced, after being 36 all out in the first Test.
Can’t think of a more impressive overseas win than this by India. Just incredible.
— Peter Miller (@TheCricketGeek) January 19, 2021
Virat Kohli was 16 days old the last time Australia lost a Gabba Test #AUSvIND
— Tristan Lavalette (@trislavalette) January 19, 2021
India thoroughly deserved to win this series, against all odds they stood tall. Australia has some serious thinking to do, had the advantage of home series, fitness and the toss across the series! #AUSvIND
— Tom Moody (@TomMoodyCricket) January 19, 2021
Last time Australia lost a Test at The Gabba - 1988.
Rohit was 1 year old
Pujara, Rahane were not even a year old.
Gill, Pant, Agarwal, Sundar, Thakur, Saini, Siraj, Natarajan were not even born.
The magnitude of this series win cannot be put in words.#AUSvIND
— Nikhil 🏏 (@CricCrazyNIKS) January 19, 2021
Is this India's greatest ever Test win?
This is the greatest test win in India's history. Period. The greatest. Not Kolkata, not Port of Spain, not Adelaide. This is also the greatest series win in Indian history.
— Joy Bhattacharjya (@joybhattacharj) January 19, 2021
How Firstpost writers reacted to the win:
Bigger than 2001?
— shantanu srivastava (@journoshantanu) January 19, 2021
Ordering a BIG Pant poster for the living room.
— Shubham Pandey (@iPandeyshubham) January 19, 2021
— Anish Anand (@testbowler) January 19, 2021
Yes, analysis & opinions will take precedence but a lot of credit and massive hats off goes to all the players. They have been away from their homes, in bio bubbles, battling loneliness, injuries & given it their all to put on a brilliant show during these tough times. #AUSvIND
— jigar mehta (@jigsactin) January 19, 2021
And in the grand scheme of things, India are the top-ranked side in the ICC World Test Championship table. Australia drop to third place.
India on 🔝 After the hard-fought win at The Gabba, India move to the No.1 spot in ICC World Test Championship standings 💥 Australia slip to No.3 👇#WTC21 pic.twitter.com/UrTLE4Rui0 — ICC (@ICC) January 19, 2021
(with inputs from AP)
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