Australia vs India 2018-19: 2018 Was a Big Learning Curve for Indian Cricket: MSK Prasad
The Chairman of Selectors, MSK Prasad hailed Indian National Cricket team’s effort in Australia saying that the last year was a big learning curve for Virat Kohli & Co. Meanwhile, India finally managed to win a series overseas after failing to scale overseas victory in South Africa and England.
The visitors won the series 2-1 beating Australia in the first Test at Adelaide and the third Test at Melbourne. India also dominated the proceedings in the final Test after winning the toss and opting to bat first. Riding on Cheteshwar Pujara and Rishabh Pant’s daddy centuries India posted 622 for seven before declaring. Kuldeep Yadav led the bowling attack picking five-wickets in his very first outing.
As a result, India bowled out the host for 300 before Virat Kohli enforced a follow-on, the first time for Australia in thirty years. Four overs into their second innings, the umpires had to call off the play due to bad light and it never resumed since then.
MSK Prasad, while speaking after the emphatic series win admitted that all the selectors are happy with their job. While expressing delight at India’s “historic” achievement, Prasad also said India, including the selection committee, support staff, and the players, learned from the mistakes that they had made during their 2-1 and 4-1 defeats in South Africa and England, respectively in 2018.
“It’s a day to rejoice for Indian cricket. It’s a historical date. I am sure; it’s not just me, my entire team is absolutely happy. I am sure, in times, to come we will be reaching many more milestones,” Prasad said to India Today.
“It’s a learning curve that we had this year. It’s wonderful that we had three top-class series in the year. What we missed in South Africa, In England, we have taken those lessons, and we have implemented in this series.
“With the combinations, we were spot on in this series. The players, the team management and the support staff, stepped up and rose to the occasion. All those lessons we learnt in those two series have come to the fore in Australia, and we were able to implement our strategies better,” he concluded.