Australian skipper Steve Smith apologised for everything he did in the field throughout this Border-Gavaskar series. He was very expressive during his post-match presentation while the conversation with Ravi Shastri.
He said “It was a magnificent series. Probably one of the best that I’ve been a part of so far. I thought we played some very good cricket throughout the series. We probably had our opportunities at times but credit to India. They are a fantastic cricket side, particularly in their own backyard here and if you give them a sniff, they are going to take it. So credit to India for winning the series 2-1.”
Smith believes this young team will take so much from this series as it was a learning curve for all of them. “Yeah, it was a fantastic learning curve. For Australians, India is one of the toughest places to tour. I think the way the guys were able to adapt and challenge India in these conditions was fantastic. The guys came with some really good plans and I think it was just about doing those for a little bit longer but I’m really proud of the way the boys have competed throughout the series,” Smith added.
India was instrumental with the ball during the post-lunch session on day three of Dharamshala Test and it turned fortunes in India’s favour, where visitors lost five wickets for 70 odd runs.
“That middle session when we lost five for seventy or so when you do that, you are going to put yourself behind the eight-ball more often than not. Credit to India, I thought they bowled particularly well yesterday afternoon. I thought Umesh Yadav was fantastic, he’s been great all series along with the spinners as well. They did a terrific job,” the right-handed batsman feels.
He further added “I think just the way we were able to compete in this series. A lot of people wrote us off before we got here. They thought it was going to be a 4-0 whitewash. But I must say I’m really proud of the way we adapted and competed against quality Indian line-up. Like I said, it’s about having those plans in place and following them. We probably let a few moments slip and against a quality outfit like India you can’t afford to do that. We’ve learned a lot out of this series and hopefully, this young side will take a lot away from it and hopefully, that will improve us going forward.”
The 27-year-old was the center of the limelight during all four matches either for controversies or batting. From mocking to reviewgate, controversies never left him alone. Though, he apologised for whatever he has done during this time.
Smith quoted while concluding “I’ve been pretty intense throughout this series. I just wanted to do well for my team and lead from the front with my performance. At times I’ve probably been in my own little bubble and let my emotions slip a little bit so I apologise for that. But I’ve really enjoyed playing in this series and it’s been a really good learning curve for me and the team as well.”
Australia came in India as the current holder of Border-Gavaskar Trophy but they gave it back to India as hosts won this series by 2-1 after winning Dharamshala Test. They came as victorious in Pune Test but lost the Bengaluru Test after having the upper hand during half of the match.