The Indian cricket team had already elated their fans following their historic Test series win in Australia last month. But, beginning the New Year in emphatic style, the 'Men in Blue', now, have given the fans back home another reason to cheer for – their first ever bilateral ODI series win on the Australian soil.
MS Dhoni, who has been on song in the series, took India past the target of 231 with the assistance of Kedar Jadhav to help India secure a series-deciding seven-wicket win at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). Recording their second consecutive win, India sealed the three-match series 2-1.
The Jharkhand cricketer was once again the star of the show, scoring an unbeaten 87 to aid his side. It was also his third fifty in a row this year, which earned him the 'Man of the Series' award.
If Dhoni led from the front, Kedar Jadhav (61*), too, made a mark in the supporting role.
Earlier, Yuzvendra Chahal's career-best spell (6-42) and Bhuvneshwar Kumar's 2-28 spelt doom for the Australian batsmen. Struggling against the Indian spinner, the hosts were bundled out for 230 runs in 48.4 overs.
Here's a look at how the twitterverse reacted to India's historic ODI series win:January 18, 2019 January 18, 2019
3 fifties in a row. Highest Scorer for #TeamIndia in #AusvInd #ODI.
Total Runs 193, Avg 193 !!
They said he is finished,
They said he is old,
They said he is a liability,
They said he must make way.
He just smiled at all of them & let his willow do the talking #Dhoni #MSDhoni pic.twitter.com/BqnA3FZGIK
January 18, 2019
Virat ð Kohli:
- First Asian captain to win a Test series in Aus.
- Most international 100s by a visiting batsman in Aus.
- Only Indian captain to score an ODI century in Aus.
- First Indian captain to win a bilateral ODI series in Aus. pic.twitter.com/2SxPy4YeBo
January 18, 2019
Kedar Jadhav is a game changing player, with both bat and ball. Should never be dropped.— Short Third Man (@vyatikram188) January 18, 2019