The Indian cricket team surprised the cricket world after winning their second test match against Australia. They were humiliated in Adelaide, and after losing both Virat Kohli and Mohammed Shami in the series, the expectations for the team weren’t high. However, India under Ajinkya Rahane showed off a character facing adversity as he achieved Series 1-1 after winning 8 Wickett in Melbourne.
The Indian cap was handed over to two debut players, Shubman Gill and Mohammed Siraj, for testing in Melbourne, both justifying their choice. Shubman looked calm and calm as he rose to score 45 and 35 in both innings as the Indian who scored the second highest in the second test. He impressed many with his blows in Melbourne. Several former cricket players praised him.
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Australian speedster Pat Cummins was also impressed with the young Indian opener and praised him with a bat.
“Shuby (Gill) looked good on his first test. He’s a pretty calm personality. It seems like he wants to play in a similar way, and one day the game will disappear and someday it won’t be, as the bowler offers a chance,” he said.
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Not surprised by the Indian team’s retaliation in the second test, Cummins said they will evaluate visitors’ fights and prepare for battle when the third test begins in Sydney from January 7th.
India disregarded the humiliation of the Adelaide test to achieve a 4-match series 1-1 with an 8-weeket victory in Melbourne in 4 days.
“You can see that if there is a big loss in any way, it will come back a little harder. Everyone is incredibly proud when you play on this level. So it’s no surprise that they (India) came out really hard,” Cummins told a virtual press conference on Wednesday.
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“They bowled and batted really well in this game and they absolutely did fight, so we have to evaluate it before the next match and see if we can face it,” he said.
Cummins has so far scored Cheteshwar Pujara three times better in their two test matches, but insisted that they did not devise any special plans for the Saurashtra batter.
“I am not sure about the reality. Just try a good ball, throw the ball, decide whether to play (for him) or leave, try and do as much as we can. Fortunately, it came out quite a bit early in his innings.” Nothing has changed so much and we’ll try to focus on what we’re doing well for a longer (period) and so far it’s worked. I’ll lie if I tell you that we have this magnificent plan that we changed (for him).” Despite losing in 8th place in Melbourne, Cummins said the bowling group’s efforts were good in the test.
“Our effort and execution was really good. We have made many opportunities, especially our first innings. It’s a really good turnstile to play one side for 300 at MCG, and it’s a big tick that makes a lot of opportunities. So, I’m pretty happy at that point (but) I have something to work with.
“Rahane typed beautifully, so we looked at and reviewed what we could have done differently. Overall, we’ve been doing great with Quix and Lyona (Nathon Lyon),” he added, and his co-faker Mitchell Starc also praised.
27-year-old Cummins, who has Cricket Australia confirmed Sydney as their third test location, is happy to play at home.
“I am happy to return to SCG. A really special test match here and our record is really good. In terms of pitch, it’s probably closer to the MCG than other turnstiles. It’s usually pretty dry and a bit slow.” But for Nathan Lyon, there’s generally a spin, so getting the other turnstiles very exciting. Playing in front of a home fan is really special.”
With 153 wickets in 32 tests, Cummins believes Australia might not be able to play with two spinners in Sydney.
“I’m not a selector, but I’d probably say not. We have someone like Marnus (Labuschagne) on our side, and it’s lucky that he can see leg turnovers,” he signed.
The third test will air on January 7th at 4:30 am on Sony Six, Sony Ten 1 and Sony Ten 3.
(Including PTI input)