Australia captain Ricky Ponting is deeply hurt by India’s victory in the Brisbane Test and Australia’s defeat. Giving his first reaction to this defeat, he said that this defeat is worse than the defeat in the 2018 series. The pain of this defeat is deep and it will not be forgotten.

Before the game of the 5th day of the Gaba Test, this former captain was seen to draw this match. He then said that even if Australia plays a draw here, it will be worse than the 2018 defeat. But the result of the match was reversed even more than he had expected. Remembering this statement, Ponting said, ‘I said in a commentary during the fourth day’s game that if India also plays a draw here, it will be a bad result for Australia from 2018. But then there was not much I could say about India.

The 46-year-old Ponting said, ‘We were all sitting and discussing that India won when we were weak due to the absence of Steve Smith and David Warner. But now see what happened David Warner and (Steve) Smith were here (this time), our entire bowling brigade was here, and with India, it was all the opposite. This (defeat) will hurt a lot. It will give deep pain.

Before that, when Team India lost badly in the Adelaide Test, Ponting had said that Australia will do a 4–0 clean sweep of India here. If the Kangaroo team wins in Melbourne then India will have no way to return. Let me tell you that the first match of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy was played in Adelaide.

India played this Test with their full potential team, but in the second innings of this Test, Team India was all out for only 36 runs and lost badly in this match. But after this, he made the series 2–1 without Virat Kohli and despite the injury to his star players one after the other.