Indian captain for the last three Tests in Australia, Ajinkya Rahane has revealed that he watched Sachin Tendulkar’s hundred at Melbourne in 1999 ten 10 times on the eve of last month’s Boxing Day Test. Even before the start of the match, Rahane had a look at the innings 6-7 times. The Indian captain ended scoring a memorable 112 as India won the MCG Test by eight wickets. The win was highly commendable coming in the wake of the embarrassing 36 all out in the first Test at Adelaide.
Former Australian captain Michael Clarke feels Australia displayed a negative approach during the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, which cost them. According to Clarke, the Aussies went down to an injury-ravaged India because they were scared to lose, and did not push hard enough for wins. Despite playing with a relatively inexperienced XI, India managed to defeat Australia by three wickets at the Gabba and clinch the Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2-1.
As Rishabh Pant thrashed the low full toss against Hazlewood down the ground, possibly one of greatest series ever played culminated with India emerging victorious. With this win, not only did India break the Aussie’s “invincible at Gabba” tag that they held for 32 years, they also registered their third highest run chase ever, and they also got rid of their Adelaide 2014 demons. The fact that they did it without Kohli, Ishant, Shami, Bumrah, Ashwin and Jadeja makes it even more special.
Stunned after being upset by an inexperienced but resolute outfit at the Gabba, Australia head coach Justin Langer lauded the Indians for their spirited performance. He also stated that Australia learned a harsh lesson from the stinging defeat - never underestimate the tough players from India. The Indians lifted the Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2-1 despite losing most of their senior players to injury, and after being rolled over for an embarrassing 36 in the first Test at Adelaide.
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.