Team India's 5 most memorable moments of 2019:Year in review:
Apart from a terrible one hour or so in the World Cup semi-final against New Zealand, Virat Kohli & Co had a brilliant run in 2019. Here are some of the highlights.
First Asian team to win a Test series in Australia
After ruining golden opportunities of registering Test series wins in South Africa and England, India toured Australia for a 4-match Test series towards the end of 2018. Everything was stacked in favour of the visitors, with the absence of Australia's batting backbone Steve Smith and David Warner, being the highlights. However, the team's stats over their previous tours did not inspire enough confidence.
Kohli's boys overcame all scepticism with a resounding 2-1 victory which could easily have been 3-1 had the Sydney Test not been interrupted by rain. The side became the first-ever Asian team to register a Test victory Down Under. This was Virat Kohli's 4th Test victory away from home. India became the fifth team to ever beat Australia in a Test series on their shores.
Rohit Sharma aces the World Cup
Rohit Sharma was not in the greatest of forms in the lead up to the 2019 ODI World Cup. But as soon as the tournament began, something clicked and the opener started pounding centuries for fun.
It all began with India's very first match of the tournament against South Africa, when chasing a smallish total, South African new-ball bowlers came hard at the Indian batting line-up and a couple of wickets could have changed the face of the match. Sharma ensured that he stayed at the wicket to soak up the pressure and stitch partnerships to help India across the line.
Rohit went on to score a record five centuries in the tournament, to go along with his ton in World Cup's previous edition.
The 30-minute brain freeze against Black Caps
India finished the league stage of the ODI World Cup at the top with seven wins, one loss and one washed out game. Their only defeat came against an England side, firing on all cylinders, that ultimately went on to win the title.
However, their semi-final encounter against the Kiwis had a lot of twists and turns. As rain interrupted play, the match was played on successive days with New Zealand setting India a target of 239. Given India's display in the tournament and their star-studded batting line-up, it was considered an easy task at the half-way mark.
But, conducive conditions and Trent Boult and Matt Henry in full swing meant that all India's top three could manage was a total of three runs. Although Ravindra Jadeja and MS Dhoni tried to pull off a miracle, it was not to be and their World cup dream turned to dust.
Transfer of power from COA to Dada-led BCCI
After BCCI was run by the Supreme Court-appointed panel, Committee of Administrators for over two years, it was finally that the BCCI came back into its original form, with Sourav Ganguly being elected as President along with his team, known as the Apex Council.
It is already evident that the Dada-led team has begun to clear the backlog and take quick calls. Several administrative decisions that were put on the back burner are being brought back to the discussion.
India's maiden day-night Test
One such move by the Sourav Ganguly-led BCCI was India's maiden day-night Test, which was played at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata against Bangladesh. It was Ganguly who communicated it to Indian skipper Virat Kohli and made sure that everything else fell in place.
The 'event' was an out and out success with fans swarming to the stadium. The team is likely to play a couple more day-night Test matches in the lead up to their first pink-ball Test on the Australian soil when they tour later this year.
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