When PM Imran Khan Praised Virat Kohli-Led Indian Cricket Team

Kashish Chadha∙ Feb 11 2024, 5:00 PM | timer 2 Min Read

image-lsh8b791India became first Asian team to clinch a Test series in Australia [X.com]

India's remarkable maiden Test series win in Australia during the 2018-19 trip under Virat Kohli's captaincy created a wave around the cricketing world as fans and prominent faces congratulated Kohli's men for breaching the unconquered territory. 

No team from the Asian subcontinent had defeated Australia in Australia before the spirited Indian tourists clinched victories in Adelaide and Melbourne either side of a defeat in Perth and a draw in Sydney to retain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. 

India's previous best series result in Australia was the 1-1 draw in the 2003-04 under Sourav Ganguly's leadership. But the Kohli-led side rewrote the history books and secured an unprecedented 2-1 Test series on Australian shores. 

When Imran Praised Kohli Army For Winning Down Under 

While the world stood up in praise of the Indian team, perhaps one of the biggest compliments came from the neighbourhood where former Pakistan skipper, the legendary allrounder and then their reigning Prime Minister Imran Khan applauded Kohli and his great team for hammering the Aussies. 

"Congratulations to Virat Kohli and the Indian cricket team for the first ever win by a subcontinent team in a test series in Australia," Imran Khan tweeted a day after India proudly lifted the BGT crown at the iconic Sydney Cricket Ground with the Australians tasting their first defeat at home to the Asian Giants. 

Before reaching Down Under for the 2018-19 trip, the Indian team had gone through a horrid time in Australia in the previous two series played there. The Indian team suffered a 4-0 whitewash in 2011-12 and lost the 2014-15 series 2-0. 

Kohli's men managed to not just record a great series victory but also revived India's fortunes and respect amongst passionate fans based in Australia, providing the India-Australia rivalry the new lease of life it desperately needed after years of home dominance for either team.