Learnt a lesson from the series, never underestimate India: Justin Langer
"Never ever, ever underestimate the Indians," stated Justin Langer after an injury-hit India retained the Border Gavaskar Trophy by 2-1 with a historic win at The Gabba.
"It was an incredible Test series and in the end there is always a winner or a loser. Today Test cricket is the winner. It's gonna hurt us big time. India deserved full credit. They have been outstanding but we have learnt lessons from it," Langer was quoted as saying to Channel 7.
🗣 "Pant's innings reminded me a bit of Ben Stokes at Headingley actually.— 7Cricket (@7Cricket) January 19, 2021
🗣 "You can never take anything for granted. Never ever underestimate the Indians."
- Justin Langer talks to @haydostweets about the series #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/lnbnjqWjmg
The Australia head coach said the visitors showed a great amount of character to claw their way back after the dismal show at Adelaide Oval. That in itself, speaks volumes of the team's ability.
"I can't compliment India enough. They haven't gone away after that first Test match which we won in three days, bowled them out for 30 odd. For them to fight back like they did is amazing, credit to them. The big lesson for us is that you can't take anything for granted. India never got away," he said.
Rishab Pant's fighting 138-ball 89 was the highlight of the day as he steered India to a monumental win. The win also brought an end to Australia's unbeaten run in Brisbane. A disappointed Langer revealed that Pant's innings reminded him of Ben Stokes' finish at Headingley.
"It was an amazing effort. (Rishabh) Pant's innings somewhat reminded me of Ben Stokes' innings in Headingley. He came in, he was almost fearless and he will be lauded because of it. It was an unbelievable innings," - the 50-year-old concluded.