Sachin Tendulkar reminisces 2003 Adelaide win after Team India’s latest heroics
Cheteshwar Pujara also responded to Sachin's tweet.
Updated - Dec 10, 2018 1:35 pm
Sachin Tendulkar embarked on quite a few tours of Australia in his long career, starting at the age of 18 in 1991-92. However, none of the five tours he featured in could return as winners from what is considered the toughest in the cricketing circuit. When Virat Kohli’s India achieved the record of winning the first Test of a series in Australia, the former India captain and legendary batsman could not hold his excitement back.
India overcame a spirited fight by the Australian tail on the final day of the Adelaide Test to script a win by 31 runs. The hosts, who started from their overnight score of 104 for 4 in pursuit of 323, were all out for 291 with the Indian bowlers sharing the exploits among them.
Shaun Marsh was the only half-centurion for Australia in the innings besides a 41 from captain Tim Paine and a determined 38 not out from Nathan Lyon. Cheteshwar Pujara was adjudged the Man of the Match with a century and half-century in the match.
India famously won in Adelaide in 2003
Sachin Tendulkar took to Twitter to congratulate the Indian team for their sixth Test win on the Australian soil. He praised Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane, who scored a crucial 70 in the second innings, besides all the bowlers and said that Team India never eased the pressure from on the visitors.
He also mentioned that the victory brought memories of the 2003 tour in which Sourav Ganguly was the skipper. India had taken a lead over Australia in that four-game series as well by winning the second game in Adelaide by 4 wickets though lost the next game in Melbourne to see the series ending 1-1. Tendulkar himself had hit form in that contest after a nervous start.
What a way to start the series!#TeamIndia never released the pressure. Superb batting by @cheteshwar1 with crucial knocks in both innings, @ajinkyarahane88 in the 2nd innings and excellent contributions by our 4 bowlers. This has brought back memories of 2003. #INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/4gmviaKeCC
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) December 10, 2018
Pujara responded to Tendulkar’s tweet saying he was happy to learn that the victory brought the latter some happy memories. Pujara’s own performance resembled that of Rahul Dravid who hit a double hundred and a half-century in that 2003 match in Adelaide to help India win.
Thank you so much Sachin Paaji! I'm delighted to know that it brought you back some happy memories! @sachin_rt
— cheteshwar pujara (@cheteshwar1) December 10, 2018