37 years 10 months ago was the last time India won a test at the MCG, none of the players from either sides were born. This win is one to savour & cherish for a long time and a superb finish to 2018 for TeamIndia.
What they spoke Post the match :
Jasprit Bumrah – Man of the Match
“To play Test cricket is a great feeling: be it Boxing Day or any other day. I made my India debut in Australia, so great feeling. I always focus on consistency. When you have so many options, you may get confused. Someday you get wickets, someday another mate will, but we don’t think about those. Bowled a lot, but I don’t mind, because this is why we train. We bowl a lot in Ranji-Trophy cricket, and it pays off.”
Not going to stop here – Kohli
We are not going to stop here. This has given us more confidence to play more positive cricket in Sydney. We’ve done well in all three departments, which is why we’ve retained the trophy. But we want to continue. This is how we played in South Africa too, and we’re not ready for the final game. It’s a good thing I don’t read any comments or opinions (on not enforcing the follow on). I wanted us to bat more, and add some more runs, because batting would be difficult on day four and five. We knew that it would be tough for Australia, but credit to our bowlers, especially Jasprit.
Tim Paine speaks
Tim Paine: “We made some strides forward in Perth, but this was disappointing. We’re playing against some of the best bowlers, and we need to find positives before Sydney. Another huge challenge coming up. We had little discussions about the batting order, but conditions in Sydney will be different, so we’ll decide on the best formula. The pitch was a good one, although some said it’s a ‘bad wicket’. I was glad I didn’t win the toss, because I wanted to bowl anyway. Would’ve looked disastrous. Cummins has been superb all series. The quality was always there, but the Australian public can see his effort. We just need a few more guys to jump in with him. It’s been a difficult year, but the silver lining is that we’ll have some world-class players available for selection in a few months. And we’ll see the benefits of what happened this year over the next few.”
Also see Twitter trends:
The inevitable has happened after the performance #TeamIndia has put in. A memorable win at Melbourne. Pujara and Bumrah have been exceptional but everyone has contributed to the win. Now to Sydney to create history. pic.twitter.com/bZxOPA50nW
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) December 30, 2018
Onya Archie! What a week he’s had leading the Aussie team in Melbourne.
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) December 30, 2018
Incredible effort by #TeamIndia to take a 2-1 lead, especially @Jaspritbumrah93 who has played an instrumental role in this win. He has gone from strength to strength in all formats of the game. Definitely one of the best in the world today. #INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/vweoHd0nEE
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) December 30, 2018
37 years 10 months ago was the last time India won a test at the MCG, none of the players from either sides were born. This win is one to savour & cherish for a long time and a perfect end to 2018 for Team India. Each player can be very proud of their contribution to this win👍
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) December 30, 2018
— Rohit Sharma (@ImRo45) December 30, 2018
— BCCI (@BCCI) December 30, 2018
Memorable win for #TeamIndia at the MCG. Great team effort and now we have an opportunity to create history at Sydney. Congratulations to each and every member of the team and to our domestic cricket where our cricketers enhance their skills. pic.twitter.com/osU6HHCSQl
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) December 30, 2018