Ind beat Aus in 2nd Test – Ravi Shastri declares, “Boxing Day Test victory greatest comeback ever in World Cricket”: Team India head coach lauds his team’s victory in the Boxing Day Test and termed it as greatest comebacks ‘in the history of the game’.
Asked where he would place this week’s MCG win which has come in the absence of regular India skipper Virat Kohli and injury to key India fast bowlers Mohammed Shami and Ishant Sharma as well as Umesh Yadav (in the second innings), the India coach said this win deserves a place in the annals of cricket history.
“I think this will go down in the annals of Indian cricket, world cricket as one of the ‘Great Comebacks’ in the history of the game.
“To be rolled over for 36 and three days later to get up and be ready to punch back was outstanding.
“I think the boys showed real character,” Shastri said while speaking to the media after the end of the second Test match that ended in the second session on the fourth day.
“When we arrived in Melbourne…. we discussed what we had to do to get up and fight,” added Shastri.
“We had a lot of positives at Adelaide. But at the end of the day, it is the result that counts. We were blown away in the second innings in one hour. When you are blown away, you are blown away, there is nothing you can do about it. But to get up and fight, which we did in this second Test, to beat a team like Australia in Australia… there is no point having one good day in Australia, you got to have five good days if you have to beat them,” added Shastri.
Ind beat Aus in 2nd Test: Ravi Shastri praises Rahane
India coach Ravi Shastri made it clear after the thrilling win that stand-in skipper Ajinkya Rahane’s valiant knock in the first innings was the turning point in the Boxing Day Test.
Rahane’s 12th century in the longest format of the game and Ravindra Jadeja’s well-made fifty gave India firm control in the second Test. It was a Test master-class from Rahane as he played the first two sessions cautiously and then unleashed his true class after the tea on Sunday. If one session had cost India the first Test, it was again a session — which Rahane and Jadeja weathered on day two — that saw the visitors bag the second game.
Shastri was in awe of Rahane’s leadership skills and heaped praises on the batsman for his “unbelievable” knock in the first innings.
“I think it (the turning point of the match) was the innings of Ajinkya Rahane. The discipline on such a big stage in a massive arena to come as a captain of the Indian team bat at number four. When he went in to bat we were two down for 60 and then he batted for six probably on the toughest day for batting in the overcast conditions, unbelievable and I thought that was the turning point. His innings were the turning points,” said Shastri while replying to a query from ANI.
Shubman Gill and Mohammad Siraj had replaced under-fire Prithvi Shaw and injured Mohammad Shami respectively in the second Test. While Gill impressed everyone with his batting in both the innings Siraj hogged the limelight on Tuesday after his fiery bouncers helped India fold Australia for 200 before chasing 70.
Shastri said Gill and Siraj displayed a sheer amount of maturity and hailed the right-handed pacer for bagging two wickets in the first session on Tuesday.
“That’s the brand of cricket we’ve been playing for three-four years. The two debutants showed great maturity and discipline,” said Shastri
“Today Siraj’s effort was outstanding. The maturity he showed for someone playing his first Test was outstanding,” he added.
India defeated Australia by eight wickets to level the four-match Test series 1-1. The win also ensures India moves a step closer to the final of the World Test Championship.