Rain prevents play in Australia-India Test

Rahul admitted he didn’t take the catch. Image Channel 7More

Rahul admitted he didn’t take the catch. Image Channel 7More

Australia had won the second Test in Perth by 146 runs.

It is the first time they have managed the feat since they began touring Australia in 1947-48.

The left-hander showed plenty of intent but just when it seemed he could be heading for a maiden test ton, he played the ball onto his own stumps off the bowling of Ravindra Jadeja. This series will give us a different identity as a team. But he was not to be satisfied with that.

"I would definitely say so", Pujara added, when asked if this is the best Indian squad he's been a part of.

The tourists, who declared on 622-7 late on Friday, only need a draw to claim a first series win Down Under and Australia's hopes of salvaging anything from the match faded with the loss of five wickets after lunch. Leave alone a three-figure score, none of the Australian batsman could even cross the 80-run barrier, something that legends like Ricky Ponting, Shane Warne, Mike Hussey, Ian Chappell found hard to fathom.

India denied Australia any real possibility of a victory here by batting for almost two full days with Cheteshwar Pujara (193) and Rishabh Pant (159 not out) scoring hundreds.

Pant finished the series as the second highest run-scorer, ahead of Kohli. No other Asian captain leave alone Indian captain has won four away Test matches in South Africa, England and Australia in a single calender year. Australia must bat a full innings for a full day to avoid defeat.

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And then it was all about Kuldeep Yadav.

India´s Kuldeep Yadav (2nd L) celebrates with captain Virat Kohli (L) and teammates after dismissing Australia´s captain Tim Paine during the third day´s play of the fourth and final cricket Test between India and Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground on January 5, 2019.

The light improved in some time and the two umpires stipulated 11 am local time as the start of play, but rain arrived to prevent that from happening.

Virat Kohli then became the first Indian captain since Kapil Dec in 1986 to to enforce the follow-on in Australia.

He was all praise for Cheteshwar Pujara, one of India's stand-out performer in the series apart from Jasprit Bumrah. While this is a historically weak Australian team, India still did what no Indian team before them had achieved in 72 years. While young Prithvi Shaw missed out due to an ankle injury, Mayank Agarwal made most of his chances after an eternal wait for the India cap with two half centuries.

India's pacers were once again their heroes.

Whether it was the awkward angles along created by Bumrah along with some incisive movements, Mohammed Shami getting it to rip on occasions, Ishant Sharma hitting the right length over after over, India never had it so good in terms of consistency in overseas conditions.

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