Who would have imagined that India will go on to win the Boxing Day test match in such a dominating manner in the Border – Gavaskar Trophy.
Specially, considering the fact that Stalwart Virat Kohli had left the team for the birth of his first child.
It was a victory well led by Ajinkya Rahane both with the bat and as a leader.
His knock of 112 will get a place in the record books but something that needs to be equally admired is his leadership throughout the test.
The bowling changes, field placement and all other strategies were right on the mark.
He was by far the best performer and thus was declared the Man of the Match and also got his name mentioned on MCG honor board for getting the ton.
He got great contributions from debutants Shubhman Gill and Mohammed Siraj.
Gill was good in both the innings with his knocks of 45 and 35* runs.
While Siraj took crucial wickets in both the innings getting 5 scalps in total.
But why is this victory so crucial??
1. Absence of Key Players
This victory was crucial keeping in mind that we were 4 players short of our best XI.
Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Mohammad Shami and Ishant Sharma were missing out on this match.
2. Adelaide Test Defeat
Team India were in a commanding position in Adelaide Test as well. But they got bundled up for just 36 runs in second innings.
This was a huge blow for the confidence of Indian Team.
Thus, this victory will always be remembered as one of the best comebacks in the history of cricket.
India got a crucial 104 runs partnerships from Rahane and Jadeja which proved to be vital for this victory.
Jadeja was quite handy with the ball as well.
Along with him Ashwin, Bumrah and Siraj too were quite capable of creating the pressure on Aussie Batsmen.
Australian batting in the last two tests has been really vulnerable. They depend a lot on Steve Smith and David Warner.
While Warner is still not fit, Steve Smith is not looking in good touch as he has got only 10 runs in 3 innings with an average of 3.33.
These are all good signs for India.
Can they keep the momentum going and eventually grab the series ??
Let’s see in the remaining two test matches.