The present Indian team, which is on the verge of a historic Test series win Down Under, handed Australia a bitter blow during their ongoing fourth and final Test in Sydney. Not only are the visitors closing in on a 2-1 or a 3-1 series win, their first ever in Australia, but they are doing so in a ruthless manner.
Australia, a team known to be the kings in their own backyard, had their dominance broken on Sunday when they were bowled out for 300 in their first innings, meaning they gave away a 322-run first innings lead. Indian skipper Virat Kohli had no hesitation in enforcing the follow-on, which meant that for the first time since 1988, Australia faced the misery of following-on at home.
The tormentor-in-chief for Australia was Kuldeep Yadav, playing his maiden Test Down Under. The young chinaman bamboozled the Aussie batting line-up as he ended up taking a fifer in his very first Test match in Australia.
He began his wicket-taking spree with the dismissal of a well-set Usman Khawaja, which started the downfall of the hosts. Buoyed by his very first wicket in Australia, Kuldeep only got better from that position, and ended up taking wickets of Travis Head, Tim Paine, Nathan Lyon and Josh Hazlewood on his way to a fifer.
His marvelous display with the ball meant Kuldeep became just the first Indian to take a fifer in all the formats outside Asia. Further, his fifer put India in a commanding position, as they chase history and claim a maiden Test series win in Australia.
Leading the series 2-1, the visitors were assured of retaining the Border-Gavaskar trophy, but came to Sydney in the hope of a maiden series win. And when Virat Kohli won the toss and chose to bat, the series win was all but confirmed by what followed thereafter.
India posted a gigantic 623 for 7 in their first innings on the back of a brilliant 193 by ever dependable Cheteshwar Pujara, and a 159 by Rishabh Pant. In reply, Australia were bundled out for a mere 300 in their first innings, following which Kohli enforced follow-on.