Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting is ‘shocked’ and cannot understand how India’s ‘A Team’ defeated Australia on its soil. However he admitted that the Indian team deserved the win. Ponting told cricket.com au, ‘I am shocked that Australia could not win this series. It was India’s A team and still it won the match.
He said, ‘The situation that the Indian team has gone through in the last five or six weeks. The captain returned home and he could not field a full-fledged team amid injuries to the players. Australia had played with the whole strong team, just David Warner could not play in the beginning.
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He said, ‘It was also not the second selected team of India as it did not have either Bhuvneshwar Kumar or Ishant Sharma. Rohit Sharma also played the last two Tests. Ponting said, “He played great cricket. Discounted all the decisive chances of a Test match that Australia could not. This was the difference between the two teams. India deserved this victory.
It is noteworthy that Ponting had said at the beginning of his tour of India that the Kangaroo team would lump the guests unilaterally and send it 4–0.