Rishabh Pant and Washington Sundar: The two young left-handed batsmen sealed an unimaginable chase for India at the Gabba.
During the fifth day of the fourth Test of the ongoing India’s tour of Australia, India have become the first team to beat Australia in Brisbane for the first time since 1988. The fascinating five-day match will doubtlessly go down as one of the most remembered ones in the history of the sport.
Chasing a 328-run target, the odds were always against the visitors but the sheer determination with which Shubman Gill (91) and Rishabh Pant’s (89) brisk run-scoring complimented Cheteshwar Pujara (56) holding his end up by copping blows on his body was second to none.
Needing 145 runs to win the match in the last session, India started positively on the back of Pant taking on the opposition bowlers after Australia captain Tim Paine missed a stumping chance off Nathan Lyon.
While one has to give it to the likes of Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood for giving their best at the Gabba, them still getting outperformed by the Indian batsmen speaks highly of the visitors’ skills in this series.
Despite Pujara and Mayank Agarwal (9) getting out in the final session, Pant played the dual role of saving his wicket and scoring quick runs. From hitting some classic drives through the off-side to taking Lyon to the cleaners, the 23-year old player potentially registered a career-defining innings.
With the last 20 overs of the match becoming like a tight ODI run-chase, Pant put on display his exceptional white-ball skills to always keep India in the match. Much like Pant, his ICC U-19 World Cup 2016 teammate Washington Sundar (22) also played a vital cameo to power India to a series victory.
Twitter reactions on Rishabh Pant and Washington Sundar:
For the first time in more than three decades, Australia are beaten at the Gabba.
— 7Cricket (@7Cricket) January 19, 2021
What have India just done? The greatest moment of their Test history surely.
— Sambit Bal (@sambitbal) January 19, 2021
— AB de Villiers (@ABdeVilliers17) January 19, 2021
Remarkable. Injuries galore, absent players, & beating Australia at their fortress at the Gabba. This has been the most remarkable test series victory I’ve watched in my experience. India’s depth of talent, heart and character must forever lift an entire nation. Congratulations.
— Ian bishop (@irbishi) January 19, 2021
The greatest test win. The Pants, Gills, Washingtons, Sirajs….just different
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) 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
— BCCI (@BCCI) January 19, 2021
Congratulations #TeamIndia 🇮🇳 Absolute superstars all of you 👏👏 A proud and historic moment for Indian cricket! Battered, bruised, but champions as well 🏆
— Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) January 19, 2021
Did we just win this series??
— Netflix India (@NetflixIndia) January 19, 2021
Australia in Australia, at its Brisbane fortress; top players injured/away, bio bubble; bowled out for 36 in first test; young side of several debutantes.. 300 plus runs to chase on last day against a terrific pace attack.. is this the greatest ever Indian win? SALUTE! #AUSvIND
— Rajdeep Sardesai (@sardesairajdeep) January 19, 2021
most of this indian team weren’t even born when australia last lost at gabba…this is an insane, insane day #AUSvIND
— Gaurav Kalra (@gauravkalra75) January 19, 2021
I don’t have words to do justice to the depth of my emotions, the intensity of my happiness.
This team 🙌👏💖🇮🇳
— Gaurav Kapur (@gauravkapur) January 19, 2021
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) January 19, 2021
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) January 19, 2021
Jai Hind 🇮🇳 #AusvInd
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) January 19, 2021
Well. Back to back Test series wins in Australia. King Ravi will enjoy his Scotch toneet!
— mark butcher (@markbutcher72) January 19, 2021
— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) January 19, 2021
— Pragyan Ojha (@pragyanojha) January 19, 2021
Man @RishabhPant17 legend. Greatest win ever.
— Boria Majumdar (@BoriaMajumdar) January 19, 2021
Rishabh Pant is a freaking superstar. #AUSvIND
— Melinda Farrell (@melindafarrell) January 19, 2021
🇮🇳 to 🇦🇺: pic.twitter.com/EHpyogaSv3
— Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) January 19, 2021
— DK (@DineshKarthik) January 19, 2021
— Danny Morrison (@SteelyDan66) January 19, 2021
Speechless !!! Fortress Gabba has been breached !! What a great great game of Test match cricket . I still have goosebumps . Complete team effort . Jab hausle ho Buland toh har mushkil lage aasaan ! #TeamIndia 🇮🇳 #Merabharatmahaan
— Mithali Raj (@M_Raj03) January 19, 2021
— Khaleel Ahmed (@imK_Ahmed13) 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
TEST MATCH AT IT’S BESTTTTT!!!!!! ❤️
— jagadeesan (@Jagadeesan_200) January 19, 2021
Emotional scenes. 🇮🇳💪🔥 pic.twitter.com/pupOjHhrL8
— Surya Kumar Yadav (@surya_14kumar) January 19, 2021
— Aaditya Thackeray (@AUThackeray) January 19, 2021
Big congratulations to this young team India on winning the Border-Gavaskar Trophy 🏆 Great character shown by every individual. Special knock from @RishabhPant17 @RealShubmanGill and @cheteshwar1 Take a bow Champs 👏👏👏 @BCCI #INDvAUS #Champions
— Vinay Kumar R (@Vinay_Kumar_R) January 19, 2021
Well done India!
That was pretty damn amazing 🙌
— Dale Steyn (@DaleSteyn62) January 19, 2021
Wow .. That has to go down as one of the greatest if not the greatest Test victory of all time !! Egg on my face over here in the UK .. but I love to see character & skill .. India have it in abundance .. btw @RealShubmanGill & @RishabhPant17 are future superstars ! #AUSvIND
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) January 19, 2021
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