Rahane has led the side with aplomb, making best use of the sparse resources at his command.
Natarajan’s accomplishment has the potential to shift the future of Indian cricket from the cities to the villages.
The Indian side under Ajinkya Rahane can be proud of its achievement in rising from the ashes of Adelaide to inflict a shocking defeat on Australia in the Boxing Day Test.
Here is a look back at India's stunning Test wins over Australia at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground in 1977 and 1981.
The prospects of India in the remaining matches of this series depend on the leadership skills of Rahane, the prowess of Shastri as a coach, and the ability of Rohit to do justice to his potential.
The circle of “influencers” on the outcome has progressively widened and presently involves not only the match referee and support staff of the team but also the TV crew.
The former Australian skipper's career stands as testimony to the old adage that success is 99 per cent perspiration and one per cent inspiration.
Maradona takes his place alongside Ferenc Puskas and Pele as the greatest football players of the 20th century.
The team captained by Sunil Gavaskar struck a purple patch as India showed their stunning success in the 1983 World Cup was no flash in the pan.
History tells us that a visit to Australia is never a bed of roses and only the best and lion-hearted meet with success Down Under.