Dubai – It was first Test lost for Virat Kohli as a captain but it was a record win for Australia in cricket history at India’s ground.
Steve O’Keefe has shattered 84 years of Test history in the sub-continent to pilot Australia to one of its most famous victories.
Anyone flicking through the online records of the first Test of this India-Australia series in years to come looking to understand how such a counter-intuitive result came about need only watch the video of Virat Kohli’s second innings dismissal.
Which the India captain, who was today handed his first Test loss in front of his adulatory supporters in the form of a 333-run spanking inside three days, might need to study closely himself in the week before the teams meet next at Bengaluru.
For it was Kohli’s wicket, shouldering arms to a delivery from player of the match Stephen O’Keefe that found as much spin as it met resistance from the rival skipper’s bat, that exemplified the yawning gulf between the two teams.
Somehow, the touring team that former India spinner Harbhajan Singh had predicted would be whitewashed 4-0 after he labelled it the worst to land on India soil had been transformed into a giant-killer somewhere between arriving in Mumbai and celebrating in Pune.
And the home side that had not lost a home Test since 2012 and was staring at 20 consecutive matches without defeat on familiar terrain was reduced to nervous novices on a pitch they seemed unable to recognise.
Against a largely unheralded spin bowler to whom they had no answer.