There were many former cricketers and cricket experts who claimed even before the start of the four match test series that India is going to lose the test series even if Australia doesn’t clean sweep it. One such person is former England cricketer Michael Vaughan who is mostly critical of the Indian side. Michael Vaughan was pretty sure that India will be hammered by Australia by 4-0 and India’s humiliating defeat in the Adelaide test match made him more confident about his claim. That was the first test match of the series and it was under the leadership of Virat Kohli who is certainly the best test batsman of the Indian side in the present scenario. India not only lost the match by 8 wickets but also scored its lowest test score of 36 runs in the second innings.
The chances of the Indian team winning or even drawing the remaining matches of the series were nil in the eyes of the so-called experts because the Indian skipper Virat Kohli had gone on paternity leave and the Indian pacer Mohammad Shami was also ruled out of the series because of the fracture in his arm.
However, the Indian squad under the captaincy of Ajinkya Rahane was pretty determined to prove their critics wrong and they went on to win the second test match which was played in Melbourne. The cricketing experts were left with no choice other than praising team India. Quite amazingly, Michael Vaughan also took a U-turn and expressed happiness over being proved wrong.
If this was not enough, the Indians gave a bigger surprise rather we should say shock when they ended the third test match in a draw. This test match was played at Sydney and the hosts were looking pretty good in control of the situation until the start of the fifth day. However, a great fighting spirit was shown by the Indian batsmen, especially Ravichandran Ashwin and Hanuma Vihari as this pair played 259 balls together and ensured that the Australian team didn’t taste victory in the match. In this match, injuries were creating problems for team India, two Indian cricketers were racially abused by the crowd and the Indian batsmen were also sledged by the Aussies but the Indian team came with a superb performance despite everything against them.
Furthermore, the Australians were pretty confident about winning in Gabba, Brisbane, because they haven’t lost any test match over here in the last 33 years. However, first the Indian bowlers made a superb comeback when the Aussies were heading towards a big total in the first innings and stopped them at 369 runs and when the Indian batting tumbled, two youngsters Shardul Thakur (67) and Washington Sundar (62) put up a solid partnership of 123 runs which is a record for the seventh wicket.
The Indian team scored 336 runs in the first innings and Michael Vaughan had to praise the Indian side once again as he took to Twitter and posted, “Full credit to India … The character they have had to show on this tour has been remarkable … also the resilience with so many injuries … a team is only as good as its bench many say … Well, India have a very strong bench of players now … #AUSvIND.”
Full credit to India … The character they have had to show on this tour has been remarkable … also the resilience with so many injuries … a team is only as good as its bench many say … Well India have a very strong bench of players now … #AUSvIND
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) January 17, 2021
The Australian team has given a target of 328 runs to India for winning the match and the series as well. Let’s see how the Indians bat on the last day!