After guiding India to a major victory over Australians in the final Test match in Bangalore, Indian Batsman Sachin Tendulkar said that the win was made sweeter because of the good crowd support in Bangalore.
For his fantastic double century in the first innings which brought India ahead in the match and his unbeaten half century, he was adjudged the man of the match.
Tendulkar was also awarded the man of the series award for his overall contribution in the Test series.
The little master termed the series as a 'fantastic one' and congratulated the entire Indian camp for their magnificent effort.
"This series was a fantastic one. I would like to congratulate the whole team, starting from Laxman who helped us win along with Ishant Sharma…also the bowlers," he said.
He lauded rookie batsman Cheteshwar Pujara for his gutsy knock which set up the match for India in the second innings and admitted that the track was not that easy to bat.
“It (chasing the target) was obviously going to be difficult on a track going up and down. Pujara showed tremendous character and his partnership with Vijay was a very crucial one," He added.
Tendulkar also thanked the Bangalore crowd for their support throughout the match.
“Normally, there is not much crowd for Test cricket, thanks to Bangalore for coming out. You guys made the victory sweeter," Sachin said.
Australian captain Ricky Ponting said that his team was outplayed by India and lauded Pujara and Vijay for their excellent batting at the top of the order.
"We have played reasonably good Test cricket but we were outplayed. We needed to get a few early wickets today, we got one but Pujara and Vijay batted well," he said.
He too thanked the crowd for their support.
“The crowd here have been fantastic. We would like to thank the crowd for their love and support for Test cricket," he added.