Team India created history on Tuesday when they defeated Australia in Brisbane, chasing down a record 328. Shubman Gill (91), Rishabh Pant (89 not out) and Cheteshwar Pujara (56) were the major contributors as the Aussies were stunned at their fortress, losing their first Test match at the Gabba since 1988. Following the massive triumph, Indian captain Ajinkya Rahane was left almost speechless as India retained the Border-Gavaskar Trophy with a 2-1 triumph.
Shardul Thakur and Washington Sundar were the unlikely heroes for Team India with the bat as the visitors fought hard to stay alive on Day 3 of the fourth Test against Australia at the Gabba. Thakur and Sundar featured in a record 123-run stand for the seventh wicket as India recovered from 186 for 6 to post a competitive 336. This stand is now the highest seventh-wicket partnership for India at Brisbane. Thakur and Sundar broke the record held by Kapil Dev and Manoj Prabhakar, who added 58 runs for the seventh wicket back in 1991.
Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting feels that Rohit Sharma needs to do a lot more than just get starts if they wants to have a successful Test career. After gifting his wicket away after getting his eye in twice at the SCG, Rohit Sharma did the same on Saturday at the Gabba. The Indian captain eased his way to 44 before playing a terrible shot to get out to Nathan Lyon.
Prolific Australian batsman Marnus Labuschagne has said that he is disappointed he couldn’t carry on to make a bigger score having crossed three figures on the opening day of the fourth Test against India at The Gabba on Friday. Labuschagne made a fine 108 from 204 balls but perished to T. Natarajan, trying to take on the debutant. Still, thanks mainly to Labuschagne’s efforts, Australia ended Day 1 in the ascendancy at 274 for 5.
Although Australia ended Day 1 of the Gabba Test at a healthy 274 for 5, Indian spinner Washington Sundar feels that T Natarajan brought India back in the match by claiming two wickets in the final session of the day’s play. Both Sundar and Natarajan made their Test debut at Brisbane for the injury-hit Indian team. The left-arm seamer dismissed Mathew Wade and centurion Marnus Labuschagne as India kept fighting in the Test, despite Navdeep Saini also walking off injured during the course of the day’s play.
Former India all-rounder Madan Lal has admitted that India could find the going very difficult in the fourth Test against Australia at the Gabba in the wake of the number of injuries the team is battling. While all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja and middle-order batsman Hanuma Vihari have both been ruled out due to finger dislocation and hamstring tear respectively, there is very little possibility of pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah playing as well.
Following his heroics in the SCG Test against Australia on Monday, Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin said that Test cricket teaches a lot about life. He went on to add the important lesson he took away from the famous draw at the SCG - it does not matter if you are bruised and battered, it is important to hang in there.
At the end of day four, Rahane and Pujara stand unbeaten, with 309 runs more required for India to go 2-1 up in the four match series. However, India wouldn’t be thinking about winning from hereon, as the much more realistic target would be to bat out the three sessions, as difficult as it may sound given the current circumstances.
India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin on Sunday alleged that racial abuse from a section of the crowd at Sydney was not nothing new. He claimed that they have faced similar issues at the SCG in the past as well. Ashwin's allegations come in the wake of Mohammed Siraj facing racial slurs from a section of the Sydney crowd on Day 4 of the Test against Australia.