Undoubtedly, this is the best-ever win for Indian team in Tests but an avid cricket follower would start wondering why such a success Down Under is rated above everything else, especially when you still have one more peak to climb: Mount South Africa.
Probably, if and when Team India conquers the last frontier, it transpires that the celebrations won’t be as intense as this one and those who have followed Test cricket for at least four decades know the reason too.
Mount Australia is a very difficult peak to climb especially for a team from the sub-continent. Its cricketers play the game very hard and no wonder the team has dominated world cricket for such long periods from the 1970s and until the West Indies for a decade and South Africa during some brief spells it has occupied the No1 position in Test rankings.
India may have usurped its position last year but that was without playing it in its own den. Though this tour was sees as its best chance to deal a body blow to the mighty Aussies which was without Steve Smith and David Warner, India still had to do the job and come out triumphant.
Team India under Kohli went to South Africa and England last year with the same hopes but was denied success as it failed to convert good positions at crucial stages.
Looking back at the Australian success, the one point that comes to the fore for the Indian triumph is the lack of aggression shown by the Baggy Greens.
India was aggressive in its intent in earlier tours too with Sourav Ganguly setting the trend in the early 2000s or in the subsequent tours the batting quartet of Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman taking the attack to the opposition.
However, cricket aficionados feel the missing element for this Aussie team from its predecessors is aggression. “Aussie cricketers come very hard at you,” says M Senthil Nathan, head of MRF Pace Foundation in Chennai.
“It is difficult to counter its aggression both with the ball (bowlers) and the fielders. The way Shane Warne and Ricky Ponting did that relentlessly even against the likes of Tendulkar and others is well documented.”
But Senthil, who had led India’s Under-19 team 20 years ago, feels this team lacked that characteristic feature of Australian cricket. “There are two reasons for this: one, Aussie cricket is going through a purge with a lot of criticism on the behavioural ethics code.
Now that there are microphones catching every bit of conversation on the field and it is difficult to escape public scrutiny. Two, this Indian bowling attack is a very formidable one and its captain is one who can give it back to those who sledge him,” reason Senthil.
He was quick to add that the Indian batting came good with Pujara being the exception and its bowlers were remarkable. He did not take the credit away from the Australian pacemen, who were top class bowlers. “But they did not show aggression unlike their predecessors,” Senthil added.
It may be recalled that England captain Joe Root carefully retreated from his attempt to unsettle Virat Kohli because he realised the Indian captain was a different kettle of fish and he would have talked back to England with his bat.
Kohli may not have excelled with the bat Down Under much like the way he did in England, but his captaincy certainly scaled new heights in his latest triumph.