- In Adelaide, the entire Indian team was reduced to the lowest score in their test history— 36 runs.
- Virat Kohli is about to become a father, so he returned to India.
- With this, the Gavaskar-Border series of four Test matches have come at 1-1.
The Indian cricket team has given a chance for its cricket-loving countrymen to celebrate the new year with a gift of victory in Australia. In the second Boxing Day Test Match, played in Melbourne, on the fourth day, the visitors defeated Australia by eight wickets and put a strong punch of victory.
India had a target of only 70 runs to win in the second, which they achieved by losing only two wickets. Mayank Agarwal returned to the pavilion after scoring five and Cheteshwar Pujara three runs, but opener Shubman Gill scored 35, and captain Ajinkya Rahane scored 27 not out to show India the way to victory.
With this, the Gavaskar-Border series of four Test matches have come at 1-1.
Although the entire Indian team deserves this win, the victory will be tied with captain Ajinkya Rahane, as well as the bowlers’ heads.
The bowlers had played their role well in the first test match as well, but in Adelaide, the entire Indian team was reduced to the lowest score in their test history— 36 runs.
After that crushing defeat, India’s emergence with a win and a return to the series becomes even more important when the team did not have regular captain Virat Kohli, who was declared a day’s best ODI player of the decade.
Now it is not that Virat Kohli is brilliant only in ODI cricket, he also plays well in test cricket. Under his captaincy, India had defeated Australia in the previous series and for the first time, a test series was also won in Australia.
Team Command under Difficult Circumstances
It is obvious that in his absence, Ajinkya Rahane, who took command of the team, also had the responsibility of maintaining the thrill in the series by winning the Melbourne Test. Hardly any captain has had the opportunity to command the team in such a difficult situation.
Virat Kohli is about to become a father, so he returned to India. Mohammed Shami, the team’s most experienced fast bowler, got out of the series due to a wrist injury. He played a very important role in India’s Test series win in Australia in the last tour.
Actually, Mohammed Shami gained fame after the same series. Apart from this, opening pair Mayank Agarwal and Prithvi Shaw and wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha also failed to live up to the expectations. Keeping these difficulties aside, Ajinkya Rahane landed in Melbourne with a change in the team.
When Shubman Gill and Mohammad Siraj got the Test Caps, Rishabh Pant and all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja returned, and they justified their selection. Now it becomes important to analyze the performance of those players who contributed significantly to India’s victory in Melbourne.
Among them, there is the only captain Ajinkya Rahane who led the team on the front and the rest was done by Shubman Gill, Ravindra Jadeja, Rishabh Pant, and fast bowlers.
Hat Trick for Rahane in Victory
The saying goes that any captain is as good as a team. Now how can this thing be said for Ajinkya Rahane, who got the team to roll on 36 runs a week ago?
The burden of getting regular captain Virat Kohli out of Adelaide was also on the heart, which was believed to be the reason for the defeat. Incidentally, he himself was run out in the first innings when Ravindra Jadeja pulled his foot back to the crease after inviting him to take a run. Rahane was then playing 112 runs.
In such a situation, it might have been natural for him to be upset with Jadeja but disappointed Rahane went to Jadeja, patted his shoulder, and hit his batting gloves with his gloves. This saved Jadeja from getting tense.