Sidelined by inexperienced, injury-plagued India, shocked Australian head coach Justin Langer said on Tuesday that a huge lesson he learned from the failure was to “never, never underestimate The “really tough” players of this country.
A visibly shaken Langer praised India for their ruthless effort to win the Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2-1 despite playing for a second-string team, especially after being decimated in three days in the match. opening of the series in Adelaide. The loss included the lowest India Test score ever, 36 in the second round.
“It was an incredible series of tests and in the end there’s always a winner or a loser. Today, Test cricket is the winner. It will hurt us a lot. India deserved all the credit. They were exceptional, but we learned from them, ”Langer told Channel 7.
“First, you can never take anything for granted, second, never, never underestimate Indians. There are 1.5 billion Indians and if you play in those top eleven you must be really tough, right?
Langer said the response after Adelaide’s debacle was nothing short of remarkable, especially after the injury ousting of big players like Jasprit Bumrah and Ravindra Jadeja.
India has found new stars such as Shubman Gill, Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur and Mohammed Siraj, among others, who have surprised Australians with their spirit of never saying die.
“I cannot congratulate India enough. They didn’t leave after that first test match that we won in three days, eliminating them for 30 odd numbers. For them to fight like they did is incredible, it is their honor. The big lesson for us is that you can’t take anything for granted. India has never escaped, ”he said.
The Indian team displayed a zeal never seen before to retain the coveted trophy with a historic three-wicket victory over Australia in the fourth and final test, successfully chasing a 328-point goal.
The talented Rishabh Pant (89 not on 138 balls) showcased his breathtaking puncher game to secure the victory for the visitors, thus ending the undefeated run of the 32-year-old Australia at “Gabba Fortress “.
“It was an incredible effort. (Rishabh) Pant’s sleeves reminded me a bit of Ben Stokes’s sleeves at Headingley actually. He came in, he was almost fearless and he will be praised because of it. It was an amazing round, ”said Langer in praise of the Indian wicket batsman.
“I thought young (Shubman) Gill (91) had hit really well. Their young bowling attack kept us under pressure throughout the game and like I said India deserves all the credit.
Langer also praised his own team’s bowling attack for its tireless efforts in the series, albeit in a losing cause.
“… From our perspective we had the same four bowlers (Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon and Mitchell Starc) who worked hard, they got up and they worked so hard but unfortunately we didn’t. put the line back today.
“I’m proud of how these four guys fought so hard,” he signed.