[caption id="attachment_788344" align="alignnone" width="628"]<a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/Warner-Smith-AFP.jpg"><img class="size-full wp-image-788344" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/Warner-Smith-AFP.jpg" alt="David Warner and Steve Smith. @ AFP" width="628" height="353" /></a> David Warner and Steve Smith. @ AFP[/caption] <p></p> <p></p><strong>New Delhi:</strong> Fittest, unstoppable and consistency personified India s history-making cricket team was showered with gushing praise by former players with batting great <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/sunil-gavaskar/">Sunil Gavaskar</a> slamming criticism that the triumph came against a weakened Australian team. <p></p> <p></p>India <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/india-vs-australia-2018-india-win-first-test-series-in-australia-following-scg-wash-out-788225">won the four-match series 2-1</a> after the Sydney Test ended in a rain-forced draw, their first ever Test series triumph on Australian soil. What the weather could not hide was Australia's poor performance with both bat and ball through the four matches. (<strong><a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/series/india-in-australia-2018-200901/live-scores/india-vs-australia-live-cricket-score-4th-test-match-186744-summary.html">India vs Australia, 4th Test, Sydney: FULL SCORECARD</a></strong>) <p></p> <p></p><strong>ALSO READ: <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/articles/india-vs-australia-2018-indias-test-series-triumph-potentially-a-huge-step-towards-world-domination-788307">India's Test series triumph potentially a huge step towards world domination</a></strong> <p></p> <p></p>It was attributed to batting mainstays <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/david-warner/">David Warner</a> and <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/steven-smith/">Steve Smith</a>'s one-year ban on ball tampering charges but Gavaskar rejected the assertion. <p></p> <p></p>"It is not India's fault that this Australian team was without David Warner and Steve Smith. Australia could have handed them shorter bans but obviously it was thought that one-year bans would be good for Australian cricket, that they needed to be made an example for anyone who brings the game into disrepute," Gavaskar said during a post-match show on 'Sony Six'. <p></p> <p></p>"India played the opposition they were presented with and it's a great achievement for them," the former captain added. <p></p> <p></p><strong>ALSO READ: <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/india-vs-australia-2018-best-indian-team-ive-been-part-of-says-man-of-the-series-cheteshwar-pujara-788243">'Best Indian team I've been part of' says Man of the Series Cheteshwar Pujara</a></strong> <p></p> <p></p>According to Gavaskar what separates Kohli's men from earlier teams is their world class fitness standards. "It is not that teams that I was a part of didn't play to win. We also played to win but this team is at a different level in terms of fitness and the captain has shown the way. In our times, we used do our individual routines," recalled Gavaskar.