India’s big win at MCG draws worldwide applause | Cricket News


2020-12-29 08:17:10

NEW DELHI: It was a display of character as Team India bounced back from a historic low in Adelaide to win the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne to level the four-match Test series against hosts Australia.
The critical swords were out after India were bowled out for their lowest total of 36 in a Test innings and went down tamely in the first Test after at one time holding the advantage. The defeat ended with a fractured hand for Mohammed Shami, which was followed by the departure of regular skipper Virat Kohli on paternity leave.

But that didn’t affect the team’s morale, which, in fact, was lifted by stand-in skipper Ajinkya Rahane‘s century in India’s first innings of 326 and the inspired show by debutants Shubman Gill and Mohammed Siraj.
Led by the experience of Jasprit Bumrah and Ravichandran Ashwin in the bowling department, India dismissed Australia for 195 and 200, which left the visitors with an easy task of 70 runs to win. India lost two quick wickets but then went on to cross the finish line with Gill and Rahane at the crease an Rahane, fittingly, hitting the winning runs.

The victory led to an outpouring of applause on social media.
“To win a Test match without Virat, Rohit, Ishant & Shami is a terrific achievement. Loved the resilience and character shown by the team to put behind the loss in the 1st Test and level the series. Brilliant win. Well done TEAM INDIA,” tweeted Tendulkar.

Kohli, who returned home on paternity leave after leading the side in the first Test, praised Rahane and the team for the win.
“What a win this is, absolutely amazing effort by the whole team. Couldn’t be happier for the boys and specially Jinks who led the team to victory amazingly. Onwards and upwards from here,” Kohli said in tweet.

Star batsman Rohit Sharma, who is currently rehabilitating in Australia after an injury, praised the team for showing composure in difficult times.
“Fantastic win for the Team India at the MCG. Character and composure shown throughout the game was excellent to watch @bcci,” Rohit tweeted.

However, former India captain Bishan Singh Bedi had a word of caution for the ‘Men in Blue’ and advised them to stay calm.
“36 all out was terribly ‘freakish’ but an 8wkt win is not … I hope Indns can forget both … one as a nightmare & the other as nothing to float on cloud nine … still 2 more Tests to go..& plenty of work to do..stay calm Fellas as yur Capt @ajinkyarahane88 & ‘think’ how to outwit OZ!,” tweeted Bedi.

India opener Shubman Gill, who made 45 and 35 not out in the two innings at the MCG in his debut Test, tweeted: “Overcoming all the odds. Strong showing by the team at MCG. Thank you to all the fans for your support.”

Former India batsman VVS Laxman singled out debutants Gill and Mohammed Siraj for special praise.
“Lot of positives from this win. Rahane led the side brilliantly, bowlers were relentless but the biggest positive is the performance of two debutants. Both of them were confident and not overawed by the big occasion. Strength of Indian cricket is their strong bench strength,” he tweeted.

Ex India opener Gautam Gambhir termed the win as a “stunning performance”.

Former India pacer Irfan Pathan said: “Come backs are always harder but team India did it with class.”

Former India batman Sanjay Manjrekar called the win at the MCG “historic” as he compared the aftermath of India’s earlier lowest Test score of 42 in 1974 and the 36 in Adelaide.
“After the 42, India went onto lose the next Text by an innings and 78 runs. After 36 India go onto win the next Test. Wow! It’s a historic win because it came after a historic loss.”

Another former India batsman Suresh Raina congratulated the Indian team for the “fantastic” comeback win.
“@ajinkyarahane88’s great captaincy lead to an incredible win. @RealShubmanGill well done, Way to go!” he tweeted.





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