Australia vs India: Tim Paine concedes Indian pace attack is the best in the world
The trio together scalped 48 wickets in the series.
Updated - Jan 8, 2019 10:15 am
India registered their first ever Test series win in Australia in 71 years. It was an anti-climatic end to an eventful series but the visitors had done enough to win it. While there was elation in one camp, the Australian dressing room was grim and understandably worried. The skipper Tim Paine reflected at the missed chances in Adelaide when they came close to winning that Test and also credited the Indian pace attack for being relentless throughout.
The trio of Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami and Ishant Sharma didn’t let the batsmen relax at any stage. There were two spinners in Ravi Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja who held up one end with their tight bowling and played a crucial part in the series as well. While Bumrah and Shami ended up with 21 and 16 wickets respectively, Ishant accounted for 11 scalps playing one game less than the other two bowlers.
There was no respite for the Aussie batsmen at any stage in the series even on the flattest of pitches in Melbourne and Sydney and the hosts couldn’t handle the heat.
They were relentless in pressure
Tim Paine, while addressing the media on Monday, was of the opinion that the Indian attack was the best in the world and deserved more credit. “This (Indian) attack was seriously good, I don’t think in Australia we have given them enough credit for how relentless they are. The three quicks bowled pretty good pace, they are relentless in pressure,” he said.
However, he was quick to laud his batsmen, especially Marcus Harris and Travis Head who showed extreme grit and determination to fight against the odds throughout the series. Both of them even ended up as the top two highest run-getter for Australia in the series.
“So, it was hard work batting against their attack for seasoned Test players. For Marcus (Harris) and Travis (Head) to show they have got the game to make runs against the best attack in the world is a real positive,” the Aussie skipper further added.