As Rishabh Pant cracked his four series winners on a full delivery of Josh Hazlewood, The ethereal doorman wouldn’t know much that with his last shot he had captured the hearts of the sports world.
After being played for 36 years in Adelaide, an Indian fairy tale unfolded on Australian soil as a severely exhausted team struggled with an injury crisis and the departure of their iconic skipper to overthrow the power of Australian cricket .
Perhaps that was perfectly encapsulated in a heroic final Pant fight that smashed 89 non-outs to knock down Australia’s 328 target with just a handful of balls remaining on the last day of play this summer.
In the end, that was all the prodigy he needed, as he shattered India in the history books and, with it, claimed the heart of the world.
Journalist Bharat Sundaresan called the victory “the biggest victory in Indian test history” on SEN Radio.
Fox Cricket’s Kerry O’Keeffe said: “This is the most remarkable comeback I have seen. I am 71 and have never seen a team come down from the ground like this team did afterwards. Adelaide.”
As Twitter was inundated with fear from fans and characters in the game.