Bangalore, Jan 19: It is another folklore in cricket history. For the second time, India has ended Australia's juggernaut.
At Kolkata on 15 March 2001, despite following on after trailing by 274 runs, India posted a famous victory, with Harbhajan Singh spinning the home side to a 171-run win. It ended the Steve Waugh led team's 16-match winning streak. On 19 December 2008 at the WACA Ground, the tourists have done it again. This time mighty Australians were lead by Ricky ponting, another proud cricket son of Australia.
At the start of this series few would have given India much hope of winning in Perth. Infact after the disappointing loss at Sydney cricket pundits predicted a 4-0 whitewash over India.
But a resurgent Indian team lead by shrewd captain Anil Kumble team regrouped magnificiently and proved the world wrong. He lead the team from the front and lead the team to a historic victory at Perth. On both the occasions VVS Laxman played crucial innings to ensure a victory for India.
In fact, of the four venues for this series, the WACA Ground
would have been the least likely to provide an Indian win.The hype
leading into the match centred on a pitch that would provide pace
and bounce akin to the famed WACA pitches of old.
Yet from early on day one, when India chose to bat after winning the toss, it was evident that the pitch was not going to live up to the pre-game expectations. Nonetheless, India was bowled out for 330. But Indian bowlers bounce backed with more aggression and restricted Australia to 212.
In the end, Australia was set 413 to maintain the streak, a himalayan task that proved beyond them.
When Tait was bowled for four by R P Singh, it triggered a wave of emotion from the Indian eleven, which was soon joined in the middle of the ground by the remainder of the squad and the tour management.
Harbhajan Singh, carrying a large Indian flag sprinted to the
centre, where he was lifted into the air by his jubilant
It all served to remind all who witnessed it of the character that the Indian team has displayed in this match.
Having forfeited its chance of regaining the Border-Gavaskar Trophy as a result of the controversial loss at the SCG, and with their star off-spinner awaiting an appeal for a racial vilification charge, the tourists could easily have dropped their bundle. But the resurgent Indian team kept apart thier sentiments and recorded a famous win.
They will now head to Adelaide for the Australia Day Test, the fourth and final encounter of the series. On the form they displayed in Perth, don't be surprised
Over and above victory in perth was a poetic justice to Indian team, who were denied victory in Sydney by some controversial umpiring decisions.