Who would have thought at the start of the tour that in the last test match, it would be Mohammad Siraj leading the Indian pace attack, Shubman Gill would be the highest run-getter for India, Rishabh Pant will not only find a place in the side but would be player of the match and Shardul Thakur-Washington Sundar would make this series their own in the last test match at the Gabba, Brisbane vs Australia.
India have defeated Australia by 3 wickets in their fortress Gabba where they hadn’t been overpowered since the past 32 years.
Shardul Stitches a Sundar Partnership
After Australia put on 369 runs on the board, it was looking like a lost cause already until Rohit Sharma came out with all guns blazing. He looked classy, typical, and ready for a century knock but Nathan Lyon trapped him into his web. The world thought it was over but Washington Sundar and Shardul Thakur had other plans. With a total experience of just 1 test match between them, they put on a partnership of 123 runs for the 7th wicket and helped India to 336. Both these all-rounders scored their maiden test fifty in the process.
Siraj Leads The Charge
After being trolled all these years on his Indian T20 stint with Bangalore, losing his father at the start of the tour, and being racially abused in Australia, Mohammad Siraj showed unbelievable character and he picked up his first 5-wicket haul in Australia’s 2nd innings. Along with Shardul’s 4-fer, Siraj did not let Australia score freely and contained them at score under 300. India now needed 328 runs to win the game or a draw to retain the Border Gavaskar Trophy.
Shubman Gill: A Star in the Making
If Shubman Gill was your fantasy cricket Captain in your BalleBaazi team, you would be an extremely happy man/woman. With Rohit’s wicket gone early in the day, it was the youngster from Punjab who took on the likes of Cummins, Hazlewood, Lyon, and Mitchell Starc in particular and stunned Australia with his beautiful stroke play. Those backlifts and short arm jabs around the ground helped him to a score of 91 before he scooped one in the slips denying himself what could have been an epic century.
The Unbreakable Pujara Wall
Criticized for his slow pace batting, Pujara perhaps played his most important knock of blocking and blocking and blocking and then blocking some more. He got cuts and bruises, knocked his helmet off thanks to Pat Cummins steaming in and aiming at his arm guard, but this new wall of Indian Cricket refused to break down. He scored his slowest fifty and bought a lot of time for India to not only save the test match from one end but taking off the pressure from the other end to encourage some break free play.
Rishabh Pant finishes off in Style
Had he batted for just 30 more minutes in Sydney, India would have won that test as well was the talk of the town. Today, he proved it with his uncanny ability to change the game for India. He partnered up with Pujara and Washi to ensure that India reached the target of 328 with overs to spare in the day. Rishabh Pant not only took on Pant but also took Hazlewood for some stick around the park with his flamboyant stroke-making. In the end, it was his cover that sealed the victory for India against Australia at the Gabba and captain Ajinkya Rahane and his team won the series.
Kudos and a special mention to Rahul Dravid for giving India the bench strength they had on this tour that have made all this possible. A match to remember, a series to remember! With this victory, India goes right on top of the World Test Championship table giving Australia, New Zealand, and England a run for their money.
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