Ajinkya Rahane was a proud captain as team India once again created history in Australia. The Indian side made it back to back Test wins in Australia as they chased down a mammoth total of 328 at the Gabba in Brisbane. Rahane lauded the character and determination of his young side who defied the odds and won the Border-Gavaskar Test series 2-1. The heroes for India on day 5 were Rishabh Pant, Shubman Gill and Cheteshwar Pujara as they paced the chase to perfection.
The Indian side needed 324 runs to win on the last of a gruelling Test series. The visits lost Rohit Sharma early but Pujara and Gill stitched an important partnership which proved to be extremely vital in the context of the game. As usual, Pujara held one end up and Gill started scoring freely at the other end. Gill played a majestic knock of 91 runs at a strike rate of over 60 that gave India belief to win the Test in the last session.
Team Showed a lot of character and determination after Adelaide- Ajinkya Rahane
Then it was to the fearless Rishabh Pant in the last session of Test as he never even tried to play for a draw. The 23-year-old once again showed that he is a player for the big occasion as he again smashed the Australia bowlers to all parts. The Southpaw along with Pujara took India deep in the match and then unleashed his wide array of strokes.
Eventually, it was the partnership between Pant and Washington Sundar that sealed the Test and the series for India. Pant finished the job and remained unbeaten and played a memorable knock of 89. The Indian team handed Australia their first defeat at the Gabba in Brisbane after 1988. Rahane was all praises for his side as they created history and won perhaps their greatest ever Test series win.
“It means a lot to us. I don’t know how to describe this, but our boys showed a lot of character and determination after the Adelaide Test. I’m really proud if each individual. The conversation between Pujara and me was that he would bat normal, and I would take it on. It was all about intent. Credit to Pujara, the way he handled the pressure was magnificent. Rishabh and Washington were very good at the end. Taking 20 wickets was the key, so we opted for 5 bowlers. Sundar brought the balance in place of Jadeja. The intention was clear to play five bowlers”, said Ajinkya Rahane