For the primary time since 1947, India have been in a position to register a Check collection victory in Australia as they defeated the Tim Paine-led aspect 2-1 within the four-match rubber.
India had received the primary Check in Melbourne (December 6-10) final yr by 31 runs in Adelaide. They misplaced the second match (December 14-18) in Perth by 146 runs. Nonetheless, they got here again strongly within the third Check in Melbourne (December 26-30), registering a well-known win by eight wickets. The fourth and the ultimate Check (January 3-7) had led to a attract Sydney.
“It has been an excellent yr for Indian cricket however being a Check cricketer, my dream was all the time to beat Australia in Australia however I used to be not in a position to obtain that in my profession,” Laxman mentioned whereas talking on a present on Star Sports activities.
“I am so glad that this Indian group beneath Virat’s management has crushed Australia for the primary time in their very own yard which is my favorite second of Indian cricket in 2019,” he added.
In the meantime, veteran pacer Irfan Pathan was impressed with the way in which the Indian quick bowling unit carried out and for him, it was their enchancment which was the spotlight of 2019.
“This yr we noticed India’s quick bowlers bowl fantastically for the nation and it has been among the best quick bowling line up’s that we now have seen,” mentioned Pathan.
“We noticed the intent with which they bowled, they got here in, bowled hard-swinging deliveries, new or previous ball it did not matter, I’ve actually seen the expansion of Indian cricket particularly when it comes to quick bowling which has been the spotlight for me this yr,” he added.
India received seven of the eight Exams they performed this yr, with one in every of them ending in a draw. They received 19 ODIs out of the 28 they performed, and registered 9 victories in 16 T20Is.
Even Kohli has mentioned that 2019 was among the best years for Indian cricket.
“2019 has been among the best years for Indian cricket,” Kohli mentioned. “Other than the 30 minutes (within the semi-final loss towards New Zealand) within the World Cup, it has been an excellent yr. We’ll hold chasing that ICC trophy, this group deserves it for the quantity of laborious work we now have put in. We’ve got a imaginative and prescient in place.”