If the term purple patch can be associated with someone then it should be Steve “unstoppable” Smith, the series was all about Steve Smith from Australia’s point of view as he turned out to be the one man army and he bagged three sensational tons under his belt and finished just one run short of 500 marks and also became the first touring captain to score three centuries in India.
But his Heroics wasn’t enough for the visitors to took the border- Gavaskar trophy back to their kitbag, Australia wasn’t even in the picture before the start of the series as no one pay any heeds towards them but to everyone’s surprise they fought tooth and nail in the series and won the first test match in Pune on a surface where everyone thought India will steamroll the Kangaroo’s .
Smith Said: It was a magnificent series, probably one of the best I have been part of so far. I thought we played some very good cricket throughout the series. We probably had our opportunities at times. Credit to India, they are a fantastic cricket side, particularly in their own backyard here. If you give them a sniff, they will take it, so credit to India for winning the series 2-1.
Describing his team’s such brilliant valour and efforts.
He added: “It was a fantastic learning curve for us. India is one of the toughest places to tour for us Australians. The way we adapted and challenged India in these conditions was fantastic. Guys came out with really good plans and I am really proud of the boys the way they competed throughout the series.”
A lot of people really wrote us off before we came here. They thought it was going to be a 4-0 whitewash, but I must say I am really proud of the way the guys have adapted and been able to compete against a quality line-up. We have probably let a few moments slip, you can’t do that against a quality outfit like India. We have learnt a lot out of this series and hopefully that will help us improve going forward as well.”