New Zealand talismanic captain Kane Williamson hailed India’s “truly remarkable” triumph in Australia, against the backdrop of a disastrous start to the series of tests and injuries to countless players.
Drawn for a record 36 in the second round of the first test, which they lost in two and a half days, India staged an incredible turnaround to clinch the four-game rubber 2-1 for one of their most great victories of all time.
The cricket fraternity took note of India’s success and Williamson, a gaming giant, was no exception.
“Anytime you play against Australia it’s incredibly difficult and playing in their backyard is an added challenge. For India to go there and behave the way they have, especially with so many injuries and players. It was truly a remarkable victory, ”Williamson told Sports Today.
“You add the context of the test championship, but I think just the challenge they faced and the way they stood up, I think their bowling unit collectively had 7 or 8 tests between them before the last one match and the Gabba as well, “he added.
India were without their top batsman Virat Kohli, who was on paternity leave, for the last three tests against Australia. Additionally, the team continued to lose several of their key players to injuries as the series progressed.
Williamson said the Indian team must have “had a huge buzz” about the memorable victory in the fourth litmus test in Brisbane, which has been Australia’s stronghold for the past 32 years.
“No doubt India would have been absolutely thrilled, the fans who watched this game, I’m sure the team got a huge buzz as well.
“Also, after such a long absence, after the IPL, they went straight to Australia, so they definitely need to enjoy their family time,” added Williamson.
The Down Under tour was India’s first international mission since dropping their ODI home streak against South Africa in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.