Kane Williamson hails India's 'remarkable' triumph in Australia

Williamson says the Indian team would have got a huge buzz out of its victory in the fourth Test in Brisbane.

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson. - REUTERS

New Zealand’s talismanic captain Kane Williamson has hailed India’s “truly remarkable” triumph in Australia.

“Anytime you play Australia it’s incredibly tough and to play in their backyard is an added challenge. For India to go there and perform the way they did, in particular with so many injuries and players out, it was truly a remarkable victory,” Williamson told Sports Today.

“You throw in the Test Championship context that’s added but I think just the challenge they faced and the way they stood up, I think their bowling unit collectively had seven or eight Tests between them going into the last game and at the Gabba as well,” he added.

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India was without its top batsman Virat Kohli, who was on a paternity leave, for the last three Tests against Australia. In addition, the team kept losing many of its key players to injuries as the series progressed.

Williamson said the Indian team must have got a “huge buzz” out of the memorable win in the series-deciding fourth Test at Brisbane.

“No doubt, India would have been absolutely thrilled, the supporters watching that match I am sure the team got a huge buzz out of that as well. Also, after such a long time away, after the IPL they went straight to Australia, so no doubt they must be enjoying their time with family,” Williamson added.

The tour Down Under was India’s first international assignment since the abandonment of its home ODI series against South Africa in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.