The entire nation cheered on India's Test series win on the Australian soil for the very first time.
"This (Indian) attack was seriously good, don't think in Australia we've given them enough credit for how relentless - the three quicks bowl pretty good pace, they are relentless in pressure, so it was hard work batting against their attack for seasoned Test players".
Paine admitted his inexperienced side had been completely outplayed in the last two matches in Melbourne and Sydney but thought the series might have panned out differently had the Australians done better in the opener in Adelaide.
He may have been Man of the Series, but it wasn't all smooth sailing for Cheteshwar Pujara in India's celebrations.
Indian captain Virat Kohli's team entered the final day with hopes of a 3-1 series victory and also their first win at the Sydney Cricket Ground since 1978, but rain on Monday forced umpires to call off the match.
India have traditionally been formidable at home and fragile overseas, especially outside the subcontinent where harder or grassy pitches took the edge off their spinners and disconcerted their batsmen.
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When he was an academy player at Malaga, Brahim Diaz was a ball-boy for first-team games when Isco was running the show.
"In the 10 years that I have played, it is the proudest moment that I have experienced and we're so happy for the whole team".
Australia's performance was partly attributed to the absence of batting mainstays David Warner and Steve Smith, who are serving one-year bans for ball-tampering, but Gavaskar rejected the assertion. "We honestly feel that we let that test match slip", he told reporters.
'This is an Indian team that will jump over a cliff to win a game for their country, ' said coach Ravi Shastri.
"Firstly, I want to say I've never been more proud of being part of a team, than this one right here". But sometimes we get nervous as batsmen, we don't quite realise it. But, the Indian captain finally put on his dancing shoes and showed us his version of the iconic "naagin dance" when the fans chanted "Mere Desh Ki Dharti".
'That's the determination and the ruthlessness, the mindset with which this team went out to play in this series. "They missed out in South Africa and England but this is a great opportunity to beat Australia in Australia", said Kumble.