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Adelaide win brought back memories of 2003: Tendulkar

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Last updated on: December 10, 2018 19:03 IST
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No sooner had the match ended, social media was abuzz with congratulatory messages for the team.

India's players celebrate the wicket of Shaun Marsh

IMAGE: India's players celebrate the wicket of Shaun Marsh. Photograph: Quinn Rooney/Getty Images

Sachin Tendulkar on Monday said India's thrilling 31-run win in Adelaide reminded him of the historic Test in 2003 when Rahul Dravid and Ajit Agarkar scripted a famous victory.

The visitors won a tightly-contested opening Test by 31 runs to take a 1-0 lead in the four-match series at the Adelaide Oval. This was India's sixth Test win on Australian soil, coming after some tense moments owing to the Australian lower order's resistance.

 

"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," Tendulkar tweeted.

Man of the Match Cheteshwar Pujara was delighted with the win.

"It's been a great first match at the Adelaide Oval! Thank you so much for your wishes. Really delighted with the way we played as team and put up a great fight! On to the next one now!" Pujara tweeted.

No sooner had the match ended, social media was abuzz with congratulatory messages for the team.

"Test Cricket is Best Cricket. Great fight by Australia in the end but India were too good. Winning after being 41-4 in first innings is a special effort. Outstanding Test match for Pujara and great effort from our bowlers. Promises to be a great series," Virender Sehwag said.

Former India captain Sourav Ganguly Monday said Virat Kohli and Co will have to fight hard to win their maiden series in Australia.

Congratulating Team India, Ganguly said: "It's a great win. This will be a hard-fought and highly competitive series. All the matches will be result-oriented."

India's best finish in Australia has been a 1-1 draw under Ganguly in 2003-04.

Australia's Nathan Lyon looks dejected after India's win 

IMAGE: Australia's Nathan Lyon looks dejected after India's win. Photograph: Ryan Pierse/Getty Images

VVS Laxman applauded the valiant effort of the Australian lower-order.

"Amazing grit displayed by the Australian lower order, but this is a moment to savour for a long time for India. The bowlers gave it everything and let's just enjoy this and carry the momentum into the Perth Test," Laxman said.

His long time teammate Harbhajan Singh added: "Congratulations Team India! What a way to start the test series! Congratulations on the win. Top stuff by @cheteshwar1 and all the bowlers doing a great job."

Former Australian players were also effusive in their praise of the visitors.

"So close.... Fighting effort from the Aussies today. Congratulations to India on a very impressive Test Match victory," former skipper Michael Clarke tweeted.

"Congratulations to India. Loved Australia's fight to the end, need to move on quickly from this loss & prepare for Perth which is a quick turn around," pacer Mitchell Johnson said.

Veteran spinner Shane Warne thoroughly enjoyed the game.

"I love test cricket & its drama ! Great fight from Australia's lower order today and it should be - this is test cricket. Terrific test match & congrats to @imVkohli & his men on a wonderful victory ! Bring on Perth."

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