Star West Indies batsman Chris Gayle has showered heaps of praise on the Indian Cricket Team following their epic turnaround in the Boxing Day Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. The Ajinkya Rahane-led side defied all the odds to beat Australia by eight wickets and level terms in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.
Incidentally, the visitors came into this game with their backs against the wall with a humiliating eight-wicket defeat in Adelaide. On top of that, they lost Virat Kohli and Mohammed Shami after the first Test but they came back well with skipper Ajinkya Rahane leading the troops from the front.
India deserve a pat on the back – Chris Gayle
He scored a valuable century in the first innings to help India secure a lead along with a useful contribution from debutant Shubman Gill. The bowlers also contributed well with Ravichandran Ashwin and Jasprit Bumrah leading the pack and a notable performance from another debutant Mohammed Siraj.
The No.3 Test side needed only 70 runs to win in the final innings and Rahane and Gill took them over the line. Many including head coach Ravi Shastri termed this victory as India’s greatest comeback in history. Chris Gayle also showered praise on the Indian players including skipper Ajinkya Rahane.
“I’m not fully following it to be honest. Based on the last result, they had, getting bowled out in the first Test with 36, there were so many talks that happened and there were different speculations about the team. It was facing a lot of pressure, and then to be able to bounce back with such a fantastic win against Australia the Boxing Day Test much. India really deserve a pat on their back,” Chris Gayle said during a chat with Hindustan Times.
“You know that performance, it takes strength of character to actually bounce back from such a heavy defeat in the first Test. So, Rahane did a fantastic job there. Congratulations to Rahane and Team India. The third Test should be one to watch as well. All the guns are going to be blazing from both teams,” Chris Gayle added.
India will hope to keep up their winning run in the third contest at the Sydney Cricket Ground starting from January 7 (Thursday) and take an unassailable lead in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.