India has scored a famous victory in the Test series against Australia, chasing down 328 on the last day of the final game at the Gabba Stadium to win the series 2-1 and retain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.
India pulled off a record run chase in an exciting last session. Wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant featured with a daring 89 not-out as the physically exhausted tourists chased the 328-run target with three overs to go, winning by three wickets. Australia had not been beaten at the Gabba since tumbling to Viv Richards’ all-vanquishing West Indies side by nine wickets in November 1988. Google CEO Sundar Pichai also congratulates Indian team after smashing Gabba breach, he claims that this is, “one of the greatest Test series wins ever.”
India’s 329 for seven additionally crushed the 69-year-old record for the greatest run-chase at the Gabba, set by Australia who scored 236 for seven to beat the West Indies in 1951.
The Test-Series win was a noteworthy accomplishment considering India were bowled out for their least Test score of 36 to lose the first Test in Adelaide, prior to bouncing back to win the second in Melbourne. The guests, decimated by injuries and captain Virat Kohli’s non attendance for paternity leave, batted all through the last day to draw the third Test in Sydney.
While talking to Channel Seven and Sony Ten 3, Sunil Gavaskar said,
“Absolutely, this is a magic, magical moment for Indian cricket. They were not prepared to just save the game. They were wanting to go out and finish the tour in a blaze of glory. Young India has done it. Young India has shown the way. Young India is showing that they are not afraid. What a win, what a magnificent win. It starts with Shubman Gill playing such a wonderful innings this morning. Then the old war horse Cheteshwar Pujara making sure that there were no inroads made by the Australians in that middle session. And then Rishabh Pant coming in, once again promoted up the order at No.5 by this managing to Rahane, who has an unbeaten record now. Two out of the three Test matches here he has captained he has won. And before that he has captained India twice, he has won both those Test matches. Natarajan making his debut, what a debut it has been. Prithvi also. But what a tour, what a win.”
Cheteshwar Pujara’s Smashing Innings
Sunil further said for Pujara’s innings, “See, whatever I say about him will be very, very less. He put his body on the line for Indian cricket, for the Indian cricket team. He took blows on gloves, body, helmet but he didn’t deter. His presence at the other end also gives confidence to young stroke players that there is someone holding the other end. That’s why his innings was so important because if India had lost two wickets in the second session, it would have made things difficult. He held the fort together until the second new ball. And with that, Pant grew in confidence and see, what unfolded. It’s such an extraordinary day.”
He also told Sony 3, “This series win is even more magnificent because this time Australia had their full-strength team. The ball was turning on the fifth day. Yesterday also some balls kicked off, some kept low when Australia were batting. So to score on that pitch, and with such ease, the last two-three wickets fell while trying to bring the target down. It felt really nice because this young Indian team has shown something different. In this win, to whom will you give credit? Mohammed Siraj took five wickets, Washington Sundar took three, Natarajan three. Then the way Washington Sundar and Shardul Thakur batted. Shubman Gill, Rishabh Pant, the way they batted. After seeing all this, and they are all young players, I think the future of the Indian cricket is so bright that we can have great anticipation for every upcoming series.”
Regardless of Australia’s fearsome record at the Gabba, the Indian batsmen showed no fear and never looked keen on playing for a draw, even in the wake of losing the wickets of Pujara and Mayank Agarwal after tea. Pant exploited any free ball, yet in addition played some crazy strokes, demonstrating the impact T20 cricket has had on Tests. India began the morning on four for no loss in the wake of bowling Australia out for 294 not long before downpour halted play late on the fourth day. Australia’s expectations of securing victory were raised early when Cummins attracted Rohit Sharma forward to a ball that got the external edge, Tim Paine taking a fine jumping catch before first slip. In any case, as India have appeared since their capitulation in Adelaide, when they were bowled out for 36, they are never out of the challenge. Their work in the fourth Test is significantly more outstanding considering the high number of injuries on their tour.