As Rishabh Pant cracked his series-winning four off a full delivery from Josh Hazlewood, little would the ethereal wicketkeeper know that with his final stroke he had captivated the hearts of the sports world.
After being bowled for 36 in Adelaide, an Indian fairytale unfolded on Australian soil as a severely depleted outfit battled through an injury crisis and the departure of their iconic skipper to topple the might of Australian cricket.
It was perhaps perfectly encapsulated in a heroic last stand from Pant who smashed 89 not-out to bring down Australia’s target of 328 with just a handful of balls remaining on the final day of play this summer.
In the end it was all the prodigy needed as he smashed India into the history books and with it, claimed the heart’s of the world.
Journalist Bharat Sundaresan labelled the victory as “the greatest win in Indian Test history” on SEN Radio.
Fox Cricket’s Kerry O’Keeffe said: “This is the most remarkable comeback I’ve seen. I’m 71 years of age and I’ve never seen a team get off the floor like this team has after Adelaide.”
While Twitter was awash with awe from fans and figures from around the game.