Team India on Tuesday did the unthinkable as they became the first team to beat Australia in a Test match in Brisbane in 33 years after winning the series-deciding fourth and final match at the Gabba by 3 wickets, and Australia coach Justin Langer said that one can ‘never ever underestimate the Indians’.
With 324 runs to win on the final day of the Brisbane Test, the conversation in most circles was about how India will save this match, but India showed great character to take the attack to the hosts and win the Border-Gavaskar Trophy series 2-1.
“Pant’s innings reminded me a bit of Ben Stokes at Headingley actually.
“You can never take anything for granted. Never ever underestimate the Indians.”
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“It was an incredible Test series and in the end there is always a winner or a loser. Today Test cricket is the winner. It’s gonna hurt us big time. India deserved full credit. They have been outstanding but we have learnt lessons from it,” Justin Langer told Channel 7.
“First, you can never take anything for granted, second never ever, ever underestimate the Indians. There are 1.5 billions Indians and if you play in that first eleven you got to be really tough, don’t you?” Langer added.
Can’t compliment India enough, says Langer
Langer said that India showed great character after being bowled out for 36 in the Adelaide Test and to comeback from a loss such as that one.
“I can’t compliment India enough. They haven’t gone away after that first Test match which we won in three days, bowled them out for 30 odd. For them to fight back like they did is amazing, credit to them. The big lesson for us is that you can’t take anything for granted. India never got away,” he said.
Langer also added that India found new stars such as Shubman Gill and Mohammed Siraj to fight for them whenever the team needed someone to step up.
“I thought young (Shubman) Gill batted very well. Their young bowling attack kept us under pressure throughout the match and as I said India deserve full credit,” Langer said.
Langer also commended his own team’s bowling attack for its tireless effort in the series, albeit in a losing cause. “…from our point of view, we had the same four bowlers (Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon and Mitchell Starc) who have gone hard, they have stood up and they have worked so hard but unfortunately we didn’t get over the line today. “I am proud of the way those four guys fought so hard,” he added.