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‘Greatest series ever’ – The best reactions to India’s Brisbane triumph

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by Wisden Staff 3 minute read

India completed a turnaround for the ages in Brisbane, bouncing back from a crushing loss in Adelaide to complete a series victory, and retain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.

Battered by a spate of injuries throughout the tour, India was forced to delve deep into their existing resources and yet managed to assemble a team that won two out of the last three Tests, despite missing some of the biggest Test stars from their first XI.

At the helm of the win was Ajinkya Rahane, standing in for Virat Kohli, who led India to their first win in Brisbane in 32 years, becoming only the second team to win two or more series in Australia in this decade.

It was a tough fight, no doubt; the result couldn’t be predicted even till the last hour of play when Rishabh Pant’s launched a late assault, taking India to their third-highest successful run chase in Test cricket.

In the post-match presentation, skipper Rahane’s heartwarming gesture of presenting Nathan Lyon, playing his 100th Test, with a signed kit on behalf of the team.

Cricketers, both past and present, including Virat Kohli and Ravichandran Ashwin, extended their wishes to the winning XI. The win saw the team move to the top of the ICC World Test Championship standings, displacing Australia from the No.1 spot after the Brisbane Test.

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