Former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly has applauded to the Indian team India for a registering a victory over Australia in the Dharamsala Test and clinch the four-match Test series 2-1 and regained the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.
The series was leveled at 1-1 before the final test as Australia won the series opener in Pune and the Indian team made a strong comeback in Bengaluru and a stalemate in Ranchi. Despite the fact that the visitors dominated in the first session of the first day of the series-deciding Test in Dharamsala before Kuldeep Yadav, the debutant, ripped through the visitors' middle order.
Ravindra Jadeja then decided to put his step forward for another all-around performance, the pacers ran through the Australia's top order and the spinners mopped up the rest in the second innings. It was just a formality left on Day 4 which was successfully completed by KL Rahul and Ajinkya Rahane despite the cheap dismissals of Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara.
During a chat with India Today, Ganguly said, "It's a great win. It has been a great summer but I'm not surprised. India in India has always been a different kettle of fish. Tough...very hard to be beaten. That side versus Australia in 2001, they were probably the best cricketing side I've seen in my cricketing career...even they couldn't manage to beat India. So, it's not easy.”
He further added, "Even in this series, they were 1-0 down, they came back to win this series. It will always remain a tough part of the world for any team away from the sub-continent to come and capture."
However, Ganguly also applauded the Australian team as most of the cricketing pundits were expecting whitewash by India in the series but Steve Smith and co. showed determination and fight to win the opening Test and draw the third Test to keep themselves alive in the series. Ganguly said, "But, you've got to give credit to Australia. A lot of young players. Renshaw, Handscomb, Maxwell, who're making early entry into Test cricket on turning pitches...they've fought hard against this India side."