Win for team spirit

FPJ Bureau

India won a historic victory over the hitherto mightiest Australians due to several factors but one was outstanding: It won as a team and not thanks to a stray individual performance. Virat Kohli gets credit for knitting the team together into an efficient fighting machine but quite aside from his own contribution there were match-winning performances by both specialist batsmen and specialist bowlers.

Cheteshwer Pujara excelled with the bat while Jasprit Bumrah bowled many magical spells. Granted, the Australians are regrouping themselves, blooding in a brand new young team after the fiasco of South Africa, but that does not take anything away from the excellent manner India has emerged as a world-beating side with fresh young talent in all departments of the game. Rishab Pant as wicketkeeper-batsman secured his place in the team after the fading out of the talented Mahendra Singh Dhoni. All in all, a credible win over the Australians, a feat which had deluded India for over seven decades.