On Tuesday morning, the Indian cricket team created history by defeating Australia in Dharamshala and lifting the Border-Gavaskar Trophy in a series full of emotions and drama. India now holds trophies against all the nine Test playing nations becoming the first side to do so. However, the victory in Dharamshala was special for one more reason. The hosts outplayed their counterparts in absence of their captain Virat Kohli who missed the game because of a shoulder injury.
Watch the winning moment here:
Even though Kohli was sitting in the dressing room, he was both emotionally and mentally involved in the game often clapping and shouting for his teammates. When India did score the winning runs, the Indian skipper was animated as always and roared from the dressing room itself reflecting the importance of this victory for him. Throughout the series, Kohli was attacked by the Australian media and former players who called him Donald Trump of cricket, a panda and much more.
A leading Australian daily compared Virat Kohli to US President Donald Trump. “Virat Kohli has become the Donald Trump of world sport. Just like President Trump, Kohli decided to blame the media as a means of trying to hide the egg smeared right across his face,” read an article in the Daily Telegraph. Former Australian fast bowler Mitchell Johnson who has received Kohli’s wrath on many occasions in the past called him frustrated. “He’s obviously quite passionate, but I just think he’s frustrated because he hasn’t scored runs and he’s letting his emotions get the better of him,” Johnson wrote in his blog on foxsports.com.
Watch Ravindra Jadeja’s rock star celebration here:
Before the start of this game, Kohli was confident of his side’s win in his absence. “If not, I’m sure the guys will take it as an opportunity to still take the team ahead. Me playing or not playing should not be so much of a difference to the other 10 guys… I’ve not done anything special so far but still, the guys have fought it out. That shows why we are the number one team in the world,” he said.