Hats off to India: Tim Paine concedes Australia were outplayed by Virat Kohli’s men

first_imgHats off to India: Tim Paine concedes Australia were outplayed by Virat Kohli’s menIndia vs Australia: Brief Scores – India (626/7 decl) drew with Australia (300 and 6/0). Australia captain Tim Paine hopes to see past the doom and gloom of becoming the first Australia captain to lose a Test series to India at homeadvertisement Ritayan Basu SydneyJanuary 7, 2019UPDATED: January 7, 2019 10:28 IST Tim Paine congratulated Virat Kohli and the Indian team on their win (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSBrief Scores: India (626/7 decl) drew with Australia (300 and 6/0)India ended a 71-year wait for an Test series win in Australia with their 2-1 triumphTim Paine became the first Australia captain to lose a Test series to India at home4th Test, Day 5, Brief Scores: India 622 for 7 declared (Pujara 193, Pant 159 not out, Jadeja 81, Lyon 4 for 178) vs Australia (300 all out; Harris 79, Kuldeep 5 for 99) & 6/0 (Harris 2*, Khawaja 4*). Match ends in a draw. Full ScorecardIf Virat Kohli created history as the first Indian captain to win a Test series in Australia, it also means that his counterpart Tim Paine became the first Australian captain to lose a Test series against India at home.India ended a 71-year wait with their 2-1 triumph as the rain-affected fourth and final Test ended in a draw at Sydney Cricket Ground.The finale may have ultimately have turned out to be a damp squib but Virat Kohli’s tourists utterly dominated what action there was to deservedly become the first side from the Asian sub-continent to take the honours Down Under.The Australia captain, Paine congratulated the Indian team on their win.”Tip our hats to India. We know personally going to India and playing in foreign conditions, how difficult it is. Congratulations to Virat and Ravi. Huge effort to come and win a series overseas,” Paine said at the post-match presentation ceremony.Wins in the first Test in Adelaide and third in Melbourne ensured India could not lose the series but it was the Sydney weather that saved Australia from a 3-1 humiliation with no play possible after tea on day four.Paine rued the missed opportunities but conceded that Australia were clearly outplayed.”In the last two Tests, no doubt. Had our chances to win in Adelaide. India outplayed us in big moments in that Test. In Perth we did well. But we were outplayed in these last two Tests. So they deserve to win the series. There’s always positive. I know there’s been a lot of gloom and doom of late,” Paine said.advertisementJai Hind #TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/meUaiPq2YJBCCI (@BCCI) January 7, 2019For some Australians the series will always carry asterisk given their two best batsmen, Steve Smith and David Warner, were unavailable because of bans they received for the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa last year.Tim Paine’s side were unable to paper over the cracks left by their absence, and even the vaunted pace attack of Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins failed to fire except for spells in the victory in Perth.Paine though said that his current Test team does have talented players and it is only a matter of time that come into their own in due course.”Got some talent in this team. Obviously got some talent who aren’t playing. They were playing against potentially the best pace attack in the world. Hopefully, they’ll learn,” Paine said.Celebrations begin for jubilant India: https://t.co/e1QRTcvErA #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/aKa2afk3H3cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) January 7, 2019″Message is to keep scoring runs. That’s the currency in cricket. We’ve got guys outside the group that are putting pressure as well, so that’s a good thing. Our group is under no illusions. Cricket is a funny game. We know it can turn very quickly,” Paine added.When asked what’s next for him and his team, Paine said, “Will go home for a couple of days now. And some of us will head to the Big Bash. And then we’ll have an eye on the preparation for Sri Lanka which is a big series for us next.”Also Read | Best Indian side I have been part of, says Cheteshwar Pujara after series-winning 521 runsAlso Read | Test series win in Australia will give this Indian team a different identity: Virat KohliAlso Read | India win first ever Test series in Australia after Sydney Test ends in a drawFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow India vs AustraliaFollow 2-1 series winFollow Tim Painelast_img read more