It’s been 3 years for that famous win for India against Australia in Gabba Test. After facing a humiliating defeat in the form of lowest score in an innings in the first test at Adelaide, India produced an inspirational performance in the reminder of the series at Melbourne and finally breaching the Australia’s dominance at the Gabba in 32 years. India also clinched the series with 2-1 for the second time on Australian soil.
After the Adelaide Test, then Indian Captain Virat Kohli left the team for personal reasons. Ajinkya Rahane took over the captaincy and led the team to the series victory. Many experts felt a white wash is on the cards for India, but the reluctant Indian side proved everyone wrong with a collective performance.
Experts after India were bowled out for 36.
– Nobody thought India would win the series and breach the Gabba fortress. pic.twitter.com/PWBJO07xvD
— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) January 19, 2024
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The current Indian Captain Rohit Sharma scored crucial 44 runs in the first innings, but missed out in the second innings. After the test series, Rohit actively involved with the test team in England and home test series and scored in all conditions. He was also named as the full time captain of the test team succeeding Virat Kohli.
After a low score in the first innings, Shubman Gill played a blistering knock of 91 in the 2nd. He stitched a crucial partnership along with Pujara for the second wicket. With his terrific contributions in the Australia series, Gill has become a member of the team since then.
Pujara also had a significant contribution with the bat. He scored 25 gritty runs in the first innings and 56 runs on the final day of the test. Pujara took few blows from the Aussie bowlers while chasing a mammoth total, but withstood those challenges and involved in partnerships with Gill and Rahane. After the series, Pujara failed to be part of the team on regular basis. Though he was included for the England tour in 2021, he then lost his place after failing miserably.
In the absence of Virat Kohli, Rahane took over the charge and led the team well. He was credited for excellent field placements during the series. Rahane scored 37 in 1st innings and a quick fire 24 in the second. Ajinkya also lost his place after the England tour, just like Pujara. He was called for WTC final last year, but not featured in the recently concluded Test series in South Africa.
Mayank Agarwal scored 38 runs in the first innings and failed in the second. He also failed to make an impact in the test squad and was excluded from the team since then. Mayank found some form in the current Ranji season, but with the talent like Gill and Jaiswal, it looks like a closed door for the Karnataka batsman to the test team.
The wicket keeper batsman was the architect in designing India’s run chase on the final day of the Gabba Test. Rishabh Pant played a quick fire knock of 89 runs from 108 balls, also stitched important partnerships with others. Pant survived a deadly crash last year and on rehabilitation since then and expected to return in the IPL this year.
The allrounder Washington Sundar played an important knock in the first innings of the Gabba Test. He scored 62 runs and was involved in a 123 run stand with Shardul Thakur. Sundar scored crucial 22 runs in the second innings on the final day. He also picked 4 wickets in the test match. Sundar has been a regular member of the team these days.
Shardul also displayed his allround skills in the Gabba Test. He scored 67 runs and was part of the partnership with Sundar. He also picked 7 wickets in the match, 3 in first and 4 in second. Shardul also been a regular in the team in all the three formats.
Saini did not have a great match but impressed everyone with his accuracy and pace. He suffered a groin injury during the first innings. Saini was seen as a long time asset for the team. But frequent injuries has left him behind others in all the formats.
In the absence of premium bowlers like Bumrah and Shami, Siraj led the pace bowling of the Indian team. He picked up 5 wickets in the second innings with beautiful field placements. He was part of the Indian team in all the three formats since then.
Natarajan, who was playing his first test series, displayed a lot of maturity. He scalped 3 wickets in the first innings with accurate bowling. Natarajan was part of the team in all the three formats on that Australia tour. But he hasn’t played any cricket since March 2021 after suffering an injury and never made a comeback with impactful performances.
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