All the four pitches received plenty of attention (especially from the Australian media), which was unnecessary, on the field, the Indian and Australian players exchanged a lot of words and reacted to each other’s gestures (with regards to Virat Kohli’s shoulder injury), mind games were played in the press conferences, and Steve Smith’s “brain fade” in Bangalore will forever be one of the symbolic aspects of the India v Australia rivalry, just as the “monkeygate” has been.
Bad-mouthing and gesticulating culminated in relationships between the two sets of players being strained. Yes, you’ve come to expect verbals and words being exchanged in the heat of the moment when India and Australia face each other, but a lot of times, players have difficulty in staying within their limits.
Eventually, however, the India vs Australia Test Series 2017 will be known for the quality of cricket the No. 1 and No. 2-ranked Test teams played and the unpredictable nature of each Test and the series as a whole, with Australia playing not just to compete and India, led by Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane, trying to overcome the fierce challenge their visitors posed them. Even on what proved to be the ultimate day of this riveting Test series, you couldn’t say that India will score the 87 runs that were required to regain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, at a canter. For, such was the unpredictable nature of each contest. In the end, the hosts, thanks to their squad’s versatility and changing culture, were proud winners of this closely-contested battle over five weeks.
Results: 2017 India vs Australia Test Series
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