India took just 12 wickets of Australia in a test match (same as Lyon’s number of wickets), so it will be unfair to say, India deserve to win the test match. However, Virat Kohli gave his everything (including the inexperience) and his 5th day century deserved a victory. It has happened only twice in the history of cricket that someone on debut as captain, scored century in each inning of a test match, first it was Greg Chappell and now Virat Kohli.
As long as Virat Kohli was playing, Australia was scared for their defeat. The moment he got out, it was just a matter of balls before India bundle out. It is unfair to blame defeat on Kohli alone though. Kohli actually deserves a credit for playing hard and playing to win. There is a hidden victory in that attitude. Virat Kohli has modeled his game a much more like Ricky Ponting (a brilliant fielder as well like Ponting), has expectation of billion people like Tendulkar and almost did Brian Lara by winning a test match against Australia single handedly.
India’s last 5 batsman’s combine score in both innings is less than 100 runs. That means, 10 wickets for 100 runs out of 20. Your half of the side is scoring only 100 runs, that means regular batsman has to really put up huge scores for them to win. Plus BCCI’s decision on not to take DRS, does not help either when two decisions out of your top 6 batsman goes wrong. Dhawan and Rahane both were clearly not out, but were wrongly given out. So, you are essentially talking about 3 wickets in 3 sessions for Australia to take, which is very easy. Pujara looked extremely tentative against Lyon and Rohit Sharma was determined to just execute sweep. That left only Kohli to survive and take control, but how much a one man can do after all. He is bound to make mistake at some point of time in a day, and Australia does not drop catches. M.Vijay played his heart out but then he was out lbw (not given) when he was on 25, so him missing out on hundred was not as sad.
India lost the test but Australia has more things to worry about. Starting with Clarke’s injury and he being out of the test series to begin with. Australia will have Smith as stand in captain as inexperience that Kohli showed throughout might just turn the table in next game. R.Harris and Siddle did not looked match winning bowlers. Lyon wont get the same assistance in Brisbane as he got in Adelaide. That leaves a lot of wicket to take for M.Johnson. Rogers and Watson are not in the form of their life and with Clarke out, it also means a lot of pressure on Warner and Smith. India on the other hand will welcome Dhoni back, perhaps a change in spinner to bring some experience and lower order batting back as well.
As Clarke and Warne described: “Greatest Test Inning Century on 5th Day they ever saw” about Virat Kohli, perhaps good days are ahead for India. Last time, India played in Brisbane, Saurav Ganguly (DADA) scored fantastic 144 but the test match resulted in a draw. Looking at India’s history at Brisbane (where India has never won a test), Draw might not be bad result but victory will be historic.