With 36 all out in Adelaide, India made four changes for the second Test in Melbourne. The spectators had a new captain in Ajinkya Rahane, who batted in the new place in 4th. So far, all the alternatives have had a positive impact.
How much impact has Rahane made?
His captaincy – bowling changes, field positions, positivity and tranquility – was one of the reasons why India closed Australia by 195 runs in their first innings. Everyone from Shane Warne to Virender Sehwag praised Rahane’s captaincy. But on the first day, on the second day, if India need a Rahane captain, they need a Rahane batsman, especially in the absence of Virat Kohli. The captain led from the front with an amazing century.
Rahane in 4th place is very different than Kohli. The Mumbai batsman has a different batting approach. He hopes the old school will set aside his time and wait for the bowlers to attack when they get tired.
“Give the first session to the bowlers and the next two will be yours,” was Sunil Gavaskar’s mantra for Test match batting. It is also a template for ‘Mumbai School of Batting’. Rahane embraced it at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on Sunday.
He came to the fold on 61/2 with India and Pat Cummins in the middle of an amazing spell. It quickly became 64/3. Rahane took 17 balls to make his first run, but there was no shortage of motivation. His footsteps were decisive. He reached his fifty in 111 balls, while his 12th Test century came from 195 balls – the strike rate was steadily increasing. He gave the first hour to the bowlers. The rest of the day belongs to him.
It was Rahane’s first overseas Test century after 102 in the North Sound against the West Indies in August 2019. His Test average is 46.06 away from home, and eight cents, comfortably believes his home Test average is 39.28. This is a rarity in Indian cricket. Sunday (December 27)) His century helped India gain a significant overhaul Test.
“He is one of the role models. Hard work, excellent work ethic, this is a fantastic hundred,” Gavaskar said at 7 Cricket.
How was the Chapman Gill fee?
It was a tricky period to bat on the first day as an alternative to Prithviraj Shah. The debutant took the time to settle in and had some close shaves, but Gill played some beautiful shots during his percussion. A strong background player, Gill played horizontal-bat shots well. Cummins and Josh Hazlewood both gave him some tough moments on Sunday morning, when Cummins finally got his wicket off the stumps with a full delivery. But 45 off 65 balls kept Gill ticking the scoreboard.
What was the impact of the Rishabh ball?
He replaced Viruthiman Saha in his batting skills and if he was a cameo, he made an outstanding contribution. Cummins was talking the ball in his first miss, keeping Gill and Sadeshwar Pujara within five overs, at 116/4, whose game.
After the drinks broke in the second session, Bandh caught Cummins, collecting back-to-back doubles and two fours. That’s when the game started to change. Nathan Lyon scored four runs as the off-spinner was removed from the attack. Eventually he went out for a stark delivery, which was a bit short and off the stumps. But that is how the South plays its cricket. Bandh’s 29 off 40 balls and his fifth wicket of 57 with Rahane helped India capture the effort.
What about the contribution of Ravindra Jadeja?
The eyebrows were raised when Jadeja was brought in as a substitute for the goalie. But the left-hander has improved his batting and now he can be considered a special batsman. A case of the last ball before tea.
Stark made a back long, and Jadeja, on toes, dropped it almost at his feet. This is an attractive cricket piece; Any top batsman would have been proud. Jadeja’s unbeaten 40 and his sixth-wicket partnership of 104 with Rahane threaten to pull the game out of the hosts.
Was Mohammad Siraj a good acquaintance?
In recent times, the Indian seamen have stumbled upon Jaspreet Bhumira when he made his Test debut abroad. Jaidev Unadkat made his Test debut against Centurion in 2010 against South Africa, which is still his only Test. Pankaj Singh made his Test debut against England in Southampton in 2014, ending his international career after two Test matches in that series.
Siraj stepped into the shoes of Mohammad Shami and tilted the balance in India’s favor with the crucial wickets of Marnus Lapusakne and Cameron Green.