India reversed the series after convincingly winning their second test match against Australia at the Melbourne cricket ground. They were standing on their hind feet after the incident in Adelaide and were not served by Captain Virat Kohli. Besides, Mohammed Shami went missing due to injuries, and Umesh was niggling for two innings. It happened against India, but the team overcame all odds.
They had Ajinkya Rahane shining with a bat and defeating Australia in 8 weeks with his leadership skills. The 32-year-old played a key role in the victory, beating a century in one inning when India climbed on its hind feet due to a drop in the turnstile. It was a pivotal inning, with India taking the lead in batting average during the test period, eventually taking the first place.
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India’s coach Ravi Shathtri was impressed with Rahane’s 100 innings as a turning point in his second round against Australia.
“I think it was Ajinkya Rahane’s innings,” Shastri said Rahane typed in perhaps the toughest day when the weather was cloudy.
“Training is on such a big stage… When he (Rahane) hit the plate, we hit two losses in 60 hours and then batting for six hours. All day long, he batted six hours and was incredibly focused,” the former hitter recalled.
“I thought that was a turning point. His innings were a turning point,” he added at a virtual press conference after the match.
Rahane scored 112 points in an inning with 223 balls, and with India leading 131 points since the first inning, they have made important partnerships with Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant and Ravindra Jadeja.
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However, the stand-in captain did not recognize credit for the Man of the Match show in the second test and decided to highlight the acting of debut films Mohammed Siraj and Shubman Gill.
“Shubman, we all know his first-class career and in this game he showed his intention to shoot at this level. Showed calm. Siraj has shown that he can see with discipline. It’s really difficult for debuters to hit the ball with discipline, but I think it’s a first-class experience that will help,” he pointed out.