The Gabba erupted in celebration as the West Indies snatched a thrilling 8-run victory over Australia, securing a historic win in the second Test to level the series 1-1. Shamar Joseph emerged as the hero of the day, ripping through the Aussie batting lineup with a devastating spell of 7-68. Though Steve Smith fought valiantly with a gritty 91, his first half-century since opening the batting, his effort proved to be in vain as the remaining Australian batsmen faltered under the relentless West Indian pressure.
This dramatic victory marks a remarkable achievement for the West Indies, breaking Australian dominance at the Gabba and ending a 31-year wait for a Test match win on Aussie soil. Even overall, the West Indies beat Australia for the first time in 21 years which goes to show the magnitude of the achievement.
Ahead of the start of play, Joseph didn't even plan to travel to the ground as he was in miserable pain, having been hit on the toe yesterday. But he was pushed by the doctor and once there, he gave it his all. Joseph claimed the big wickets of Cameron Green, Mitchell Marsh, Travis Head, Alex Carey before removing the great Australian trio of Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood, the latter being the last man to fall.
"I was in my bed. I said I am not well"
"He called me this morning, I was in my bed. I said to him that I am not well, I am in a lot of pain and he told me to come to the ground and he believed I could do it. I did really well for my team. It was all about getting close, it is all about support," he said while speaking to the official broadcaster, Fox Cricket, after the culmination of the game.
Today's achievement will be etched in the history of West Indies cricket and one can only hope and wish that Shamar Joseph continues to showcase his amazing skills at the highest level for a long time.
Here's how 'X-verse reacted to West Indies' remarkable achievemnt at the Gabbatoir:
Ghar me guske mara— Sayantan Pandit (@codziac) January 28, 2024
Pakistan in last 20 years - 0 win— AP (@AksP009) January 28, 2024
West Indies - 1 win
Gabba ka ghamand thoda 🔥— Babu K (@Babu_K_08) January 28, 2024
Tuta hai gabba ka ghamand— Sallu ka Dewana (FAN AC) (@NeeleshNeil) January 28, 2024
That delivery was so perfect — CHADitya 🚩 (@CHADitya_18) January 28, 2024
West Indies deserves this victory 👏
January 2023 - Shamar Joseph left the job of a security guard to pursue his dream in cricket.— Priyanka (@Pinky209E) January 28, 2024
January 2024 - Shamar Joseph with a broken toe delivered 7/68 spell at the Gabba with a speed close to 150kmph.
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OH MY GOODNESS, what an incredible achievement for the West Indies cricket team!— Sonam Murarkar (@murarkar_sonam) January 28, 2024
Big day for Test Cricket with pink ball— Sehrish Javed (@sehrish_javed18) January 28, 2024
Thanks to Windies they played like real West Indians of old Days