Ajinkya Rahane on Tuesday grew to become the second Indian captain and Asian skipper to win a Test series in Australia after their historic triumph in the Brisbane Test.
India registered the very best profitable run chase in Brisbane to stun Australia by 3 wickets and clinch the series 2-1.
India retained the Border-Gavaskar Trophy for the second time on Australian soil after their 2-1 series triumph underneath Virat Kohli on their final tour in 2018-19.
Chasing 328 for victory, India resumed on their in a single day rating of 4 for no loss however obtained off to a poor begin as Pat Cummins despatched again Rohit Sharma early in the primary session.
However India, like they’ve completed all all through this series, fought again by means of Shubman Gill (91), Rishabh Pant (89 not out) and Cheteshwar Pujara (56) to pull off their third highest profitable chase to win the match with a couple of overs to spare on the ultimate day of the ultimate Test.
The historic triumph noticed Rahane stretch his captaincy file to 4 wins out of 5 video games with 1 draw. Rahane was stepping in for Kohli in this series after the Indian skipper went again house to Mumbai for his paternity go away following the group’s loss in the series-opening Pink-ball Test in Adelaide in December final 12 months.
“It means a lot to us. I do not know the way to describe this, however our boys confirmed a lot of character and dedication after the Adelaide Test. I am actually proud of every particular person.
“It was all about intent. Credit score to Pujara, the way in which he dealt with the strain was magnificent. Rishabh and Washington have been excellent on the finish,” Rahane mentioned earlier than lifting the Border-Gavaskar Trophy on the Gabba, a venue the place Australia hadn’t misplaced a Test match since 1988 earlier than this defeat.
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— Ajinkya Rahane (@ajinkyarahane88) January 19, 2021
Rahane additionally heaped reward on the younger Indian bowlers Mohammed Siraj, Navdeep Saini, Washington Sundar and the remaining for stepping up when the group wanted them essentially the most throughout this series.
“Taking 20 wickets was the important thing, so we opted for five bowlers. Sundar introduced the stability in place of Jadeja. The intention was clear to play 5 bowlers. Siraj performed two Assessments, Saini only one, so it was inexperienced however the character proven by the bowlers and everybody else was unbelievable.
“We did not talk about something about Adelaide. Simply performed needed to play the remaining video games with good perspective and character with out worrying concerning the end result,” Rahane mentioned.
The jubilant scenes on the Gabba have been additionally a far cry from the Adelaide opener when India have been bowled out for 36 and suffered a thrashing in three days.
But they rallied beautifully to win in Melbourne, held Australia to a courageous draw in the third Test in Sydney after which breached fortress Gabba to win a Test in Brisbane for the primary time.