Fans, relatives of players celebrate Team Indias victory

January 19th, 2008 - 9:05 pm ICT by admin  

New Delhi/Bangalore, Jan 19 (ANI): Fans and relatives of cricket players across the country celebrated Team Indias victory over Australia by 72 runs in the third Test match at Perth, by dancing to the tunes of Bollywood hits.

Indias victory over Australia has kept alive teams hope of drawing the four-match series, and has brought an end to Kangaroos 16 match winning streak.

Last time India stopped Australias victory wagon in Kolkata, when Sourav Gangulys men halted the progress of Steve Waughs team. This is Indias first ever victory at Perth.

Chetana Kumble, wife of Skipper Anil Kumble’s wife, rejoiced in the victory of the team, and congratulated the entire team.

She said that Anil captured his 600th Test wicket during this match against Australia, which made the series more memorable.

“Of course I am very happy, we are all very proud. And it is a very proud moment for India. I congratulate the entire team and also Anil. The victory is made sweeter because Anil has completed his 600 wickets. And we won, this is what matters,” said Chetana Kumble.

The mood was joyous at fast bowler Ishant Sharma’s house, who claimed the crucial wicket of captain Ricky Ponting after which Australia failed to recover.

“I am very happy that we have won against Australia after such a long time. The entire team has given a brilliant performance,” said Grisha Sharma, Ishants mother.

Ishant’s uncle, Ashok Sharma, said that the team performed well and turning point of the match was fall of Ponting’s wicket.

“We are very happy, we are celebrating and distributing sweets. I am proud of India. Irfan Pathan has done well, he should be given the due credit,” said Shekhar Gupta, a resident of Jammu and Kashmir.

India sealed the victory in the final session of the fourth day when they bowled the Australians out for 340 after setting them an unlikely victory target of 413 runs.

Australia had gone into the match as overwhelming favourites to set a new world record of 17 consecutive Test wins, but crashed to defeat with a day to spare, sparking wild celebrations from India’s players and supporters.

The last time the Australians lost any test was the fourth Ashes match at Trent Bridge in August 2005 and the last time they lost a test at home was against India at Adelaide in December 2003. (ANI)

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