It doesn’t require much time to turn the tables and that’s what Indian Team has shown in the last one month.
19th Dec 2020 India got all out for 36.
19th Jan 2021 India becomes the first team to beat australia at Brisbane since 1988.
Was there even a single cricket fan who thought India will go on to win this series after watching them bundled up for a mere 36 runs in Adelaide.
After the Sydney Test, series was in balance but where was the last match scheduled at ??
The Australian Fortress, Gabba in Brisbane where they haven’t lost a single test since 1989.
But guess what, India went on to Breach the Gabba fortess and get that Border – Gavaskar Trophy back.
But why is this victory termed as the greatest ever in Indian History??
Why is it so special for Indian Cricket Team??
1. Indian team was constantly facing selection issues. In the Brisbane Test, we were short of 8 key players.
The list of injured players looked much more stronger than the available players.
2. As already mentioned, Brisbane is Australia’s Fortress. No one has breached it in the last 32 years.
3. Getting all out for 36 in the first test put a lot of pressure specially when Virat left the team.
That’s the reason why it’s being termed as the greatest ever comeback in the history of modern test cricket.
4. We were literally playing with zero experienced bowler.
When God of Cricket, Sachin Tendulkar said “Every session we discovered a new hero.”
It speaks volumes about the character of this team.
Let’s talk about a few Individual Performance :
1. Rishabh Pant
Rishabh got 97 in the Sydney Test and almost grab a winning opportunity.
But, in this test, he didn’t throw his wicket. He was right there till the end to hit those winning runs.
2. Shardul Thakur
Shardul was just playing his second test that too as a genuine pacer. But his knock of 67 in the first innings brought India close to the Australian total.
His 4 – wicket hall in second innings was equally significant for the team’s cause.
3. Washington Sundar
Sundar was making his debut in this test. He was never considered as a prospect for longer version of the game.
He was here as a net bowler and had played his last List A game way back in 2017.
His knock of 62 and partnership with Shardul was crucial. He grabbed 4 wickets too.
4. Mohammed Siraj
Playing just his third test, Siraj was the leader of this bowling attack.
He kept on speaking with the young bowlers like Natarajan and Sundar.
More importantly he got a 5 – wicket hall in the second innings when the hosts were looking dangerous.
5. Cheteshwar Pujara
Cheteshwar Pujara has become the back bone of this Indian Team for the last few years.
Today, he kept on facing body blows from the Aussie pacers but remained persistent for the teams cause.
During his knock of 56 he faced 216 deliveries and made sure that India is out of trouble.
6. Ajinkya Rahane
Last, but not the least, it was the leadership of Ajinkya Rahane, which led India to such a huge victory over the Aussies when nothing was in India’s favor.
His knock in the Melbourne Test, his bowling changes and his calm approach proved to be vital throughout the series.
This Indian Team has shown immense dedication and resilience throughout the series.
Who can forget the stand between Ravichandran Ashwin and Hanuma Vihari in the Sydney Test.
Both the guys were seriously injured still they remained rock solid to get a draw out of nowhere.
All these significant contributions and the response they got from legendary cricketers clearly shows the value of this victory.
What was your favorite moment of this series??
Do tell me in the comment box…
You guys can also connect with me on Instagram.
Also, do read about My First Book.
Get some amazing deals while purchasing from my website on Amazon!!!