The battle-scarred Indian cricket team cleaned Australia’s clock in the final day of the fourth Test of India versus Australia four-match Test series at the Gabba. India defeated the hosts by 3 wickets to seal the series by 2-1.
The victory also broke the record of Australia remaining unbeaten at the Gabba for over 32 years. Clinching the Border-Gavaskar Trophy at the Gabba, India has become the first country to beat Australia in the ‘Fortress Gabba’ where they have remained unslain for all these years.
Coming out to bat in their second innings, team India successfully chased the target of 328 runs set up by the hosts. Shubham Gill charged into the scene and played a swashbuckling knock of 91 runs.
Cheteshwar Pujara carried forward Gill’s message of playing to win by preventing the falls of wickets and hitting a vital 56 runs.
Rishabh Pant was the hero of the match. Channelling his T20 form, Pant stormed the crease and smashed an exhilarating 89 runs. The knock was the highlight of the whole match. If it wasn’t for his stint on the field, India’s victory would seem uncertain.
Entering the crease to bat in the second innings of the victors, debutant Washington Sundar assisted Pant by playing a knock of 22 runs in 29 balls. He formed a short-lived, but a crucial partnership with Pant to ensure the victory of the team.
Rishabh Pant was adjudged as the Player of the Match for his unbeaten knock of 89 runs. However, every player of the Indian cricket team contributed in their way to clinch the victory. The bowlers, especially, Shardul Thakur, Mohammad Siraj, and debutant T Natarajan kept the hosts on tenterhooks. The Indian bowlers shined during the second innings of Australia, limiting them at a chasable target.
Ajinkya Rahane has done an incredible job in the whole series. The remarkable captaincy, which helped every player unleash their strengths and an undying confidence in his team was the most important thing that on them such an humongous victory.
The victory isn’t ordinary in any way. The team which was without their senior players with the likes of Virat Kohli, R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, and Mohammad Shami, showed an unwavering resilience during one of its most adverse times.
A team composed majorly of newcomers proved to the world that being junior is just an introduction for them. They are in every way as fearful and unfathomable as a seasoned team. It is a strong reminder to the world that it is a team that has not been built overnight for a contingent purpose.
It seemed a far-fetched thing for a team, which had borne the scar of scoring the lowest total of 36 runs in their first Test, to actually win the series
One can do anything but underestimate a team that knows just how to defend their dignity and carries itself forward unfazed with adversities. It was as if they did not know what a drawback even means when they are playing for their country. No, one simply cannot deny the diligent efforts they put into their game to show you all the training they underwent was not for nothing.
The India vs Australia series, which gave the feels of a World Cup match, will be worth remembering for a long long time. It is the most special victory for one of the toughest teams in cricket. This win will go down in the history books for all its glory.
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